Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Jane Kanarek

Chasing Compromise

Parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) “Imma, you’re not being fair!” complains my eldest son as he fights with his middle brother over who gets to choose stickers first. “Imma,” says my middle son, “you always let him choose first!” “Work it out!” interjects their father. “I want them first,” chimes in the youngest. It is a classic parental dilemma: do I make the judgment about who gets the stickers first or… Read Article →

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The Chaplain

Humans of Hebrew College #Humans HC “I cannot imagine working in pluralistic settings without the remarkable experience of Jewish pluralism at Hebrew College—I continue to be most grateful for my education and the opportunities it has opened for me.” (Rabbi Jim Morgan, Rab’08, Chaplain at Center Communities of Brookline, MA, a division of Hebrew SeniorLife.) Learn more about the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Shira Shazeer

Blessing, Curse, and the Freedom to Choose

Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) I may have been at summer camp the first time I heard the story, attributed to the itinerant Rabbi Haim of Romshishok, of the difference between heaven and hell. Reb Haim, the story goes, had the opportunity to visit the world to come, and was brought first to see hell. There, he observed banquet tables laden with food, surrounded by people clearly suffering from hunger. On… Read Article →

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In Memoriam: David Ariel

Dr. David Ariel was the kind of professor who inspired devotion and a deep commitment to learning in his students, many of whom took class after class with him regardless of the material. He taught in Hebrew College’s Me’ah program, sponsored by CJP, for more than six years, as well as in Me’ah Select for four years. He also taught in the new Open Circle Jewish Learning program for its… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Daniel-Klein

We Don’t Live by Bread Alone

Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) “In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.” (Paul Haggis’ Crash) With these opening lines, the movie Crash captures a truth about the human condition – we need each other. For practical, emotional, spiritual reasons and more, we are meant to be in… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi JIm Morgan

Shabbat and the Persistence of Slavery

Parashat Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:27-7:11) Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.  – James Baldwin Nearly seventy years after its publication, Ralph Ellison’s masterpiece, The Invisible Man, continues to resonate with our nation’s continued experience of race, violence, and blindness. The horrifying scene of white cop murdering an unarmed black man, Brother Tod Clifton, finds echoes in too many American places, as… Read Article →

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Cantor, Spiritual Leader, Social Activist

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “It’s my first day ‘on the job’ as Temple Emanu-El’s spiritual leader, and I’m sitting in Boston Logan Airport practicing my leyning for Pinchas and waiting to catch a flight to San Diego for two days of immigration rights advocacy and learning with Mijente and HIAS. I’m so grateful for T’ruah’s organization of this trip (here’s looking at you, Rabbi Salem Pearce, Rab`18) and for the… Read Article →

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Looking again through the Lens

We first connected with Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) when our twins were infants. At the time, we were floundering as all new parents do, and wanted people to share in our support while also drawing strength from our shared faith. Emily and Matt Robinson with children Shira and Ava A few years later, we are facing a new slate of challenges with five-and-a-half-year-olds, and have made a new set… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Minna Bromberg

Take These Words: Deuteronomy and Carrying Torah With Us on Our Journey

Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) “Kyewwwwww!” my nearly two-and-a-half year old daughter shrieks as she grabs hold of the object of her desire and lifts it high above her head. It is purple and spongy and covered in red polka dots and it is, in fact, a capital letter Q. To say that “Q” is her favorite letter would not be quite accurate. “Q” is actually, as far as I can… Read Article →

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Social Justice Rabbi

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “My study of Torah has expanded my intellectual and moral imagination. My observance of Jewish ritual has equipped me with tools to face these challenging times. My mindfulness and meditation practice has taught me how to move more wisely in the world. And my relationship with the divine has helped me approach my fellow being with an open heart.” (Pictured center: Rabbi Salem Pearce, Rab`18, is… Read Article →