The Jewish Principles of OWP:
Learning From Others: “Who is wise? The one who learns from every person…”
(Talmud - Avot 4:1) OWP prides itself on learning from the “average” person on the streets and hearing perspectives and voices that are not otherwise heard in the mainstream media. Everyone has a story, OWP is their microphone.
Multiple Voices: “These and these are the words of the living God…” (Eruvin 13b) “There are three truths: Your truth, my truth, and The truth.” (Chinese Proverb) We can disagree but we must have respect for the other’s opinion in our search for truth.
Change Comes from Within: "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Victor Frankl OWP believes there are some situations and circumstances that cannot be changed by external measures, in these instances it is incumbent to place a mirror to our own souls and change our own perspective.
ONE-ness: And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one. (Zechariah 14:9) We still live in a binary world - OWP seeks to create a world where the illusion of separation is no longer present.
“Let the Conversation Stand”: From the Aramaic word, “Teiku” (Bava Metziah 21a) OWP believes it is the questions that guide us rather than seeking a resolution or a definitive answer, the dialogue and conversation that the questions elicit bring richness to the situation. In other words, “An answer without a question is like planting a seed in cement, there is no growth.”
Compassion for the “Stranger”: “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the soul of the stranger because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9) How we treat the stranger is mentioned 36 times in the Bible and is considered one of the most important commandments. OWP seeks to treat the “other” and marginalized members of society with compassion and build awareness for our shared humanity. We also promote their cause and the amazing organizations who are putting in the effort to create change.
Education and Social Action: “Study Leads to Action” (Talmud Tractate Kiddushin) OWP uses our films as a means to incorporate education based curriculum that is rooted in social action. The three pillars (Films + Education + Action) serve as the foundation to create comprehensive change in the world.