Being male is often associated with aggression, even violence. The biblical story of Cain and Abel outlines the first instance – and dire consequences – of exactly this. But, as Rabbi Daniel Brenner explains, perhaps that’s not the whole story. New research into bonobo monkeys can tell us much about the way young Jewish men develop, and how parents and teachers can help them truly become b’nai mitzvah.

This talk was produced in partnership with Sinai and Synapses (, with additional support from Clal ( and The John Templeton Foundation (