All posts by Wendy Linden

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The Rav-Hazzan

    Throwback to Aliza Berger becoming a Bat Mitzvah. We are so grateful that Aliza blesses our community with her talents and her smile everyday. In June 2017,  Aliza will become Hebrew College’s first rav-hazzan graduate; she will be ordained as a rabbi from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and as a cantor from the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. She is currently a rabbinic intern at Temple Emanuel… Read Article →

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Lecture Halls to Living Rooms

“I came to this role from a slightly unconventional background — I have a Ph.D. in U.S. women’s history, and before I came to Hebrew College last summer, I spent several years in academia teaching history, gender studies, and American studies.  As a historian, I loved seeing how studying primary sources, learning to ask questions that open up the texts, could also open up students’ vision of the world. This is… Read Article →

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Living Torah

“As the grandchild of three Holocaust survivors, the affirmation of ‘Never Again’ is very personal to me.  But that doesn’t just mean never again for Jews.  It means never again for anyone.  This commitment is not just a response to specific traumatic events in history.  I believe, as Hillel taught, that it is the essence of Torah: Do not do unto others that which you find hateful.  As a rabbinical… Read Article →

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Shabbat Shalom

“Last year we started weekly Friday night Shabbat dinners. We have family dinners on other nights, but on Shabbat the tone is different.  We have the positive expectation of listening to each other, really being together and disconnecting from technology. We bring the spirit of rest and peace into Shabbat and reinterpret ancient prayers to be relevant to our lives now. It’s wonderful – my son expects and loves the routine, and we all… Read Article →

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Not So Sour Kangaroo

                              Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “I just finished playing the Sour Kangaroo in a production of  ‘Seussical the Musical’ at Open Door Theater in Acton, MA — a community theater whose mission is to provide accessible theater experiences. Our cast included 93 kids and adults ages 9-60, many with special needs or disabilities. All the shows had supertitles so the lines and lyrics were… Read Article →

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The Culling

  “I’m pretty sure I don’t deserve to be called a ‘writer,’ though I wish that I did. I started writing fiction late in life and on a bit of a lark. In 2010, my wife and daughter resolved to write a novel during Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and I didn’t want to be left out. I ended up being the only one of the three of us to… Read Article →

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Sacred Drumming

  “I have been a professional musician, drummer/percussionist, for many years now. I have been blessed to tour the world and share the stage with folks such as Isaac Stern, Yo-yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Roger McGuinn and so many others. I have recorded commercial, LPs, CDs, and performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, Let My People Sing, and many other… Read Article →

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Kibbutz Rabbi

“My rabbinic work here has been a delicate dance between the worlds and involves a lot of listening and constant inner work and fine tuning. I am a member of a kibbutz and live in a region of rural, mostly secular communities. I accompany individuals and families in times of joy and sorrow, offering a Jewish perspective that is often new to them. I am also involved in bridge-building activities… Read Article →

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Does God Have Ears?

“My 9 year old grandson asked me, ‘Savta (Grandma), does God have ears that really work?’ That was my impetus for writing this story. When a young child asks that kind of question, what he really wants to know is whether he can trust that the world is a safe place. In the story Savta asks Sam a lot of questions. She understands that children are naturally spiritual beings and… Read Article →

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Grandma & Me

“I have a big dream. I’m interested in chaplaincy and look forward to taking part in the Rabbinical School’s new pastoral care track. I’d like to combine that interest with my passion for children’s education. I would love one day to build an inter-generational preschool-assisted living center, modeled after JCCs, that operates through a Jewish lens. The guiding principle for this initiative would be teaching and sharing chesed. I think… Read Article →