Who is Wise? One Who Learns from All People (Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot 4:1)

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Director of the Early Childhood Institute, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
February 28, 2014

The ancient city of Zippori unfolded before our eyes. It is located in the heart of Lower Galilee, Israel; midway between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. In this city Jewish scholars studied and compiled the Mishnah (Oral law) about 1800 years ago. That day we studied the text and found it relevant to […]

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Henry Lehmann

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President, Hebrew College
January 29, 2014

This week was the yahrzeit of my father who passed away 14 years ago. Henry Lehmann, Yehoshua ben Shelomo, was an active volunteer leader in the Jewish communities of Syracuse, N.Y.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Baltimore. In particular, he played an active role on the boards of various day schools in each of these communities […]

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The Fight for Jewish Youth

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Director, Makor and Special Projects
January 8, 2014

I don’t care much for conflict. My natural inclination in a confrontation is to mend fences. Psalm 34 teaches us, “bakesh shalom v’rodfehu,” seek and pursue peace. For me, it’s an instinctual value, a core element of who I am and what I expect of myself in my interactions with others. Professionally, opportunities for teamwork […]

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Return to Adult Learning

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Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 20, 2013

When I moved to Boston in 1998, my first job out of college was that of administrative assistant in the adult-learning division at Hebrew College. Then, the campus was in Brookline, on Hawes Street, and my desk was situated in a hallway between the bathroom and the office of the director of adult learning, then […]

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The Write Stuff

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Director, Prozdor
December 13, 2013

By this point in my life, I’m certainly old enough to realize what I’m good at. I’ve also reached the point that I recognize what needs a lot of work. Case in point: writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write. I enjoy blogging, I’ve been keeping a daily journal for 25 years and […]

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Hanukkah and Thanksgiving: An Opportunity for Hybridity

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President, Hebrew College
November 26, 2013

Everyone is talking and writing about the rare overlap between Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgivukkah has become a virtual industry with bloggers, websites and commercial products focusing attention on this unusual calendric phenomenon. Beyond all the hype, is there something of substance that can be derived from the intersection of these two different holidays? […]

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A Journey of Return

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Student, Me’ah
October 30, 2013

For more than 40 years, my Jewish heritage was the farthest thing from my conscious mind, even though my background is stronger than most. Both my parents and my beloved aunt were graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teachers Institute. I went to the Yeshivah of Flatbush for eight years, then attended Marshalea Hebrew High […]

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Everyone Will Lead

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Director, Prozdor
October 16, 2013

I was out on my regular afternoon run a few days ago, when a 45-mile-per-hour wind suddenly picked up on the leading edge of a cold front. The sky went from sunny to ominous, the breeze, from light to gusty, and before I knew it I was running stretches on the track into an intense […]

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A Weaving Together of Two Worlds

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President, Hebrew College
October 8, 2013

Rarely are the lost worlds of 19th century German Orthodoxy and Polish Hasidism brought together in one moment and in one space. This past Sunday, that rare event took place. I had the privilege of attending the installation of the new president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss that […]

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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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