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Hebrew College Expands Its Presence in Israel

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President, Hebrew College
July 18, 2014

Last night I attended a rally in support of Israel hosted by our local federation and Jewish community relations council. It was only a few weeks ago that the community gathered to mourn the death of four teenage boys — three Israelis and one Palestinian — who were brutally murdered. The rocket attacks on Israel […]

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Give me Hevruta or Give me Death

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President, Hebrew College
May 21, 2014

“O Hevruta, O mituta, Give me Hevruta or Give me Death” (Babylonian Talmud Ta’anit 23a) For the past six years I have been blessed to learn from and with a compelling and caring colleague, friend, mentor and study-partner (hevruta). Rev. Nick Carter, who just last week retired after 10 years as president of Andover Newton […]

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Hevruta: Shaping a New Era in Jewish Education

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President, Hebrew College
March 26, 2014

Hebrew College and The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem are on the cutting edge of a new era in Jewish education, in which young Jews from North America and Israel will live, learn and serve together as true partners in shaping the future of the global Jewish community. Brining together the unique resources of each […]

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Henry Lehmann

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President, Hebrew College
January 29, 2014

This week was the yahrzeit of my father who passed away 14 years ago. Henry Lehmann, Yehoshua ben Shelomo, was an active volunteer leader in the Jewish communities of Syracuse, N.Y.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Baltimore. In particular, he played an active role on the boards of various day schools in each of these communities […]

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Jethro and Pope Francis: Models of Interreligious Engagement

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President, Hebrew College
January 14, 2014

Along with many others from across the diverse religious world, Pope Francis has captivated me. In a very short period of time, he has become a transformational figure among global religious leaders. Through his choice of the name Francis, his eschewing the trappings of Vatican wealth and his focus on serving the poor and marginalized, […]

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Hanukkah and Thanksgiving: An Opportunity for Hybridity

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Community Blog Hanukkah and Thanksgiving An opportunity for Hybridity

President, Hebrew College
November 26, 2013

Everyone is talking and writing about the rare overlap between Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgivukkah has become a virtual industry with bloggers, websites and commercial products focusing attention on this unusual calendric phenomenon. Beyond all the hype, is there something of substance that can be derived from the intersection of these two different holidays? […]

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A Weaving Together of Two Worlds

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Community Blog Weaving Together of Two Worlds

President, Hebrew College
October 8, 2013

Rarely are the lost worlds of 19th century German Orthodoxy and Polish Hasidism brought together in one moment and in one space. This past Sunday, that rare event took place. I had the privilege of attending the installation of the new president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss that […]

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Partnering on the Pulpit

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President, Hebrew College
September 24, 2013

For me, it was a first. Never before did I have the opportunity, as president of Hebrew College, to partner with an alumnus on a synagogue pulpit. On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, I served as a Ba’al Tefila, a leader of synagogue prayers, at Temple Reyim in Newton. Rabbi Daniel Berman, a 2010 graduate […]

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Lesson’s Learned From Rabbi Lamm’s Last Letter

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Community Blog Lessons Learned From Rabbi Lamm’s Last Letter

President, Hebrew College
July 3, 2013

I was an undergraduate and rabbinical student at Yeshiva University in the early to mid-1980s. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm was the university’s president. YU was beginning to emerge from a crippling financial crisis, and Rabbi Lamm was leading the revitalization of modern Orthodoxy’s flagship institution. As a student, I did not always agree with his […]

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Is Hatred of Evil a Jewish Value?

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Community Blog Is Hatred of Evil a Jewish Value

President, Hebrew College
May 17, 2013

Last week I was in Cleveland when the news broke about the young women who were rescued from captivity. The city of Cleveland was in shock as the details emerged that these innocent victims were held against their will for 10 years and suffered horrible abuse at the hands of their captor. The more we […]

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