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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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My Shortest Trip to Israel

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Community Blog Purim A Holiday of Friendship

President, Hebrew College
March 6, 2013

I was on the ground in the Holy Land for just 26 hours. I came to attend the last service during the shiva period of mourning for Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away last month at the age of  81. Rabbi Hartman had been an important figure in my life, so, although I had to […]

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An Interfaith Vision for America

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President, Hebrew College
January 22, 2013

The remarkable confluence of President Obama’s second inaugural celebration and the national holiday marking Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday led me to think about the place of religious pluralism in America. I listened to President Obama’s inaugural address at noon, and as I was driving back to Boston from New York City, I listened again […]

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Toward Creativity: A Theological Goal for Jewish Education

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President, Hebrew College
November 1, 2012

I have been contemplating the need for a theology of Jewish education which would ground the goals of Jewish education in an understanding of Judaism’s religious telos. It seems to me that Jewish education should inspire and equip us to achieve the deepest aspirations of Judaism. At the recent 10th anniversary celebration of the Mandel […]

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