All posts by Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

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The Reciprocity of Repentance

Parshat Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Nitzavim, focuses our attention on the religious imperative of repentance, and is always read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah in anticipation of and preparation for the Days of Awe. One verse in particular points to a counterintuitive idea about the process of teshuvah (return and repentance) that is worth unpacking. The latter part of Deuteronomy 30:9 states that “For the… Read Article →

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Pluralistic Jewish Education in Boston

On September 7, 2016, Hebrew College President Rabbi Daniel Lehmann received the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) 2016  Rabbinic Award at its annual From Strength to Strength event at Temple Emanuel in Newton. Below is President Lehmann’s acceptance speech. I am honored to receive this year’s CJP rabbinic award and I am most grateful to CJP, my friend and mentor, Barry Shrage, and the colleagues and lay leaders I have been blessed to work with in our shared mission… Read Article →

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Remembrance and Hope: Reflections on a Rabbinic Trip to Germany (part 2)

As we stood together admiring the beautiful, new synagogue that stands right in the center of Munich, I shared with our group brief biographies of two towering figures in Munich history, two Jews who lived and died in Munich before the war. Hermann Levy was a world-renowned orchestral conductor in Munich during the late 19th century and ironically conducted the first performance of Wagner’s last and most religious opera, Parsifal…. Read Article →

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Remembrance and Hope: Reflections on a Rabbinic Trip to Germany

Last week’s horrible attacks in Germany hit me harder than usual since I just recently returned from a one-week trip to Germany with a group of Boston area rabbis. The trip, entitled Remembrance and Hope, was sponsored by the German Consulate in Boston and was the first trip planned by the Consulate specifically to bring a cohort of rabbis to meet with leaders of Jewish community organizations, government offices, and… Read Article →

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The Sacred Work of Interreligious Learning and Leadership

I was recently elected board chair of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), a position I am honored to hold. The chair rotates among board members, but my election is significant in terms of the change it represents in the mission and direction of the BTI. BTI provides Hebrew College with the opportunity to learn from and contribute to an inter-religious community of institutions that share a common purpose in training the next generation… Read Article →

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Israel: Much More than an Experiment

An Organic, Complex, Ever-Evolving Reality Last week, Hebrew College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a statement on the College’s relationship to Israel developed and affirmed by key academic and administrative leaders. The purpose of this statement is to articulate and clarify the central role Israel plays in our educational mission. Hebrew College has a long-standing, passionate commitment to Israel and we feel it is important to communicate that commitment to our… Read Article →

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Many Covenantal Paths: Catholic and Jewish Partnership

Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Yitro—named for Moses’ father-in-law—Jethro (Yitro in Hebrew) is described first as a priest of Midian, and only after that as the father of Moses’ wife. The beginning of the parasha introduces us to two religious leaders who model the way different religious communities can appreciate God’s covenantal relationship with the other. Jethro says, “Blessed be the Lord who delivered you… Read Article →

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Intelligence community or intelligent community? That is the question.

I have been uncomfortable for some time now with the phrase “the intelligence community.” It is appearing in the news more frequently again as we confront the threat of ISIS and the radical jihadist terrorism that is spreading like a cancer. What bothers me about the term, which is an official designation of a group of 17 national intelligence agencies created by executive order in 1981, is that I don’t… Read Article →

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Statement on Jewish Vitality: What does a Compelling Vision and Strategy for the Future Require?

This article  originally appeared in the October 18, 2015 issue of E-Jewish Philanthropy. The vitality of American Judaism will depend on nurturing talented and thoughtful people… I have a great deal of respect for many of the signatories to the Statement on Jewish Vitality recently released. However, in many ways I think it reflects 20th century thinking about Jewish vitality when we need to be thinking in 21st century terms. I don’t… Read Article →