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Prayer and Meditation in the Aftermath of the Paris Attacks

Last weekend, I served as a teacher at an interreligious peace conference in North Carolina, at a beautiful retreat center at the edge of the Great Smokey Mountains. As we wound down programming on Friday night, word spread throughout the assembled group about the terrorist attacks in Paris. The juxtaposition of our retreat theme and bucolic setting with the violence on the blood-soaked streets of the French capital weighed heavily on… Read Article →


Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller: Cultivating A Heart of Wisdom

The following is excerpted from a eulogy delivered by Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, at the funeral of one of his former students, Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller, on Aug. 27, 2015. Our sages teach us that every person is an “olam katan,” a “little world,” or rendered differently, “a world unto themselves.” I reference this ancient teaching because I am acutely aware… Read Article →


Radical Compassion: Moses and the Master of Berditchev

According to folklore, the 18th-century Hasidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev was once walking through the streets of the city on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (which falls during the summer), when he saw a most unexpected site: a Jewish man he knew eating lunch by the side of the road. Ordinarily, this would have been far from remarkable, but the ninth of Av is… Read Article →

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Three Questions with Rabbi Arthur Green

Or Rose: Why did you write this brief new book? Who do you hope to reach? Arthur Green: This book is my answer to a question I hear asked an awful lot among young people these days: “Why be Jewish?”  In our day that question didn’t come up. Of course you were Jewish; the question was what you chose to do with that reality. But we’re now in an age… Read Article →

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Shavuot: Divine Light and Earthly Vessels

In preparing for the celebration of the holiday of Shavuot — “The Time of the Giving of Torah,” as it is referred to in countless rabbinic sources — I have been reflecting on a striking teaching from the great Hasidic sage Rabbi Levi Isaac of Berditchev (1740-1809) on the relationship between spiritual inspiration and religious practice. In his commentary on the Torah portion of Terumah (Exod. 25:1-27:19), the Berditchever (as… Read Article →


Boston Kind: Stories Of Compassion

On a balmy April day last year, I stepped into a taxi in suburban Boston and headed downtown to attend the interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in response to the Marathon bombings just three days earlier. As I sat in the back of the cab, trying not to sweat too much through my suit, I felt a swirl of emotion moving through me: terrible sadness for… Read Article →

Community Blog Contextual Learning Summer Teaching in Israel

Contextual Learning: Summer Teaching in Israel

I recently returned from a six-week stay in Jerusalem, where I had the pleasure of serving as a faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. Founded in 1987, this unique program offers 26 incoming high-school seniors from the United States and Canada intensive study in various dimensions of Jewish life and thought, both ancient and modern. The North American fellows also have the opportunity for substantive interaction with… Read Article →

Community Blog A Statement of Grief and Hope From Boston

A Statement of Grief and Hope From Boston

As clergy serving different religious communities in Greater Boston, we are shocked and saddened by the Patriots’ Day attacks on our fellow citizens, our city and our freedom. We condemn in the strongest possible terms these and all acts of terror. Those responsible for planning and executing these vicious acts must be brought to justice. May those responsible for administering justice do so with diligence and wisdom. We grieve for… Read Article →

Community Blog Experiencing Islam An Interview with Homayra Ziad, PhD

Experiencing Islam: An Interview With Homayra Ziad, Ph.D.

In January, Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School offered for the first time a joint winter seminar on Islam for rabbinical, cantorial and ministerial students. This one-week intensive course, “Experiencing Islam,” was led by Homayra Ziad, assistant professor of religion at Trinity College. Following her time on our hilltop campus, Ziad spoke with the staff at the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education about her teaching experience at… Read Article →