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Introducing All Genders Wrap

Rabbinical School student Rachel Putterman’s desire to empower Jews of all genders with the knowledge of how to put on tefillin, a sacred practice that has traditionally been solely within the purview of cis-gender men. “As a relatively late-in-life rabbinical school student, I really wanted to learn how to put on tefillin… When I asked a friend my age how she learned, she said by watching YouTube videos. When I went on… Read Article →

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Hebrew College Presidential Installation Address: Rabbi Arthur Green

.בעוד שלוש שנים, תחוג המכללה העברית מאה שנה להיווסדה Three years from now, Hebrew College will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its founding. Throughout this near-century, this institution and the community of faculty, students, alumni, and supporters who constitute it have been committed to the goal of building and strengthening the Jewish future. We do so through education, teaching the great literary and spiritual treasures of the Jewish tradition, whenever… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Sarah’s Silent Cry

Parashat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) He didn’t mean to… He wouldn’t have, if only… There was nothing he could have done to prevent it…It only happened because she was too… With these words, we subtly dismiss the perpetration of violence and subjugation inflicted on those least protected by our social and political systems. They all too easily roll off the tongue when we hear news of some horrific violation. Did… Read Article →

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Hebrew College Presidential Installation: Words of Reflection and Hope

Honored guests, beloved family, friends, teachers, students, colleagues, alumni, members of the Shabbat Table and President’s Council and the Hebrew College Board of Trustees. Thank you. To everyone who worked so generously to create this special evening — Guided by our installation chairs, Rabbi Suzanne Offit and Rabbi Sonia Saltzman, With extraordinary vision, grace, and loving attention — Im kol halev, todah. With all my heart, thank you. Andy, and… Read Article →

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Noah: Words above the Waters

Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) The story of Noah’s flood remains one of the best-known and most powerful tales of our biblical heritage. Even in our secular age, there is hardly a child who has not heard the story told, seen it recreated in animation, or played with toys based on the animals in Noah’s ark. What is it about this story that seems to have such great enduring power? Is… Read Article →

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Can There Be Joy Amidst Vulnerability?

The Torah makes it very clear that we are to be joyful on Sukkot. We read in Deuteronomy, “V’samachta b’chagecha … You shall rejoice in your festival … v’haita ach sameach … and you shall have nothing but joy.”[1] Given that Sukkot goes by another name, z’man simchateinu, “the time of our rejoicing,” it is no surprise that these verses have become the major theme song of our festival. And… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Adina Allen

We Are Created Creative

(Parashat Beresheit, Genesis 1:1-6:8) Beresheit Bara Elohim, In the beginning, God created. These are the first three words of the Torah, which we begin reading again this week. We roll all the way back to the beginning of beginnings, to the first event in the Torah: creation. Acting out of some desire or impulse, God dives deep into the tohu v’vohu, the depths of primordial chaos, and creates: separating light… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Brian Besser

You Shall Have Nothing But Joy

Sukkot Yom Kippur is the most ethereal of Jewish holidays. On the holiest day of the year, we symbolically shed the trappings of material existence. To my mind, the reason for fasting is not so much to afflict ourselves but to elevate ourselves above the earthly plane of reality. As much as humanly possible, we abstain from physical needs and urges. We don’t eat; we don’t bathe; we don’t engage… Read Article →

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Why I talk to dead guys about my uterus

I spend a lot of my time talking to old dead guys about my uterus. It’s not a popular thing for a young person to do – especially when it comes to controversial, timely social issues like immigration, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive justice. The people most natural for me to consult should be my peers – leaders in these fields, champions of progress, and fighters for justice in the here… Read Article →

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Pluralism in the Beit Midrash

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “The Bet Midrash at Hebrew College is a warm and welcoming environment where diverse ideas and beliefs are shared alongside study of traditional Jewish texts.  It is a truly inspiring place for a rabbi to teach, learn, and grow.” (Rabbi Shayna Rhodes, Rab`08 is the co-director of the Beit Midrash at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.)