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This Side of the Rainbow

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Dean, Rabbinical School
October 3, 2014

On the day of my wedding, 22 years ago this past August, my mother – who does not distribute such compliments freely or lightly – said to my husband Shimi, “You are the best possible son-in-law I could imagine.” A few minutes later, Shimi – feeling both honored and relieved – shared the compliment with […]

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Seventy faces of Torah

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Dean, Rabbinical School
May 14, 2014

Last Wednesday, May 7th, over 400 community members, supporters, alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered at Gann Academy for the Hebrew College gala to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Rabbinical School.  Below is an excerpt from the remarks shared by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, one of the honorees at the event. Limnot yameinu ken […]

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Blessing Our Counting

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Dean, Rabbinical School
April 30, 2014

In Jewish sacred time, this is the season of counting. Every day, from the second night of Passover to the festival of Shavuot, we literally count our days. The period is known as the Omer, originally rooted in the agricultural rhythms of ancient Israel, a time of both anxiety and anticipation, as farmers waited to see […]

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A Blessing for a New Year of Teaching and Learning

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Dean, Rabbinical School
October 2, 2013

The Sefat Emet associates the be’er — the ever-flowing well of water — with the Oral Torah, the Torah she’be’al peh, the Torah that is passed from generation to generation; the Torah that is sustained and renewed by that very act of passing. Our commitment at Hebrew College to life-long learning — to learning that […]

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Rejoicing on Sukkot

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Community Blog Rejoicing on Sukkot

Dean, Rabbinical School
September 18, 2013

In the rhythm of Jewish time, the festival of Sukkot is known as “z’man simchateinu,” or “season of our joy.” On Sukkot, joy is halakhically mandated; we are not only invited to be joyful, we are obligated to do so. I don’t know about other people, but I do not respond well to being commanded […]

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Purim: A Holiday of Friendship?

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Community Blog Purim A Holiday of Friendship

Dean, Rabbinical School
February 20, 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about my teachers lately, almost all of whom were influenced deeply by Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away last week in Jerusalem at the age of 81. It was from one of my most significant teachers, Rabbi James Ponet, that I first learned about Rabbi Hartman’s understanding of Purim as […]

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