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Beyond “Auschwitz or Sinai”

Last Wednesday, April 30, we were privileged to host a lecture by Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. His talk “Aushcwitz or Sinai: Israel and the Culture of Memory” reflected on the influential 1982 essay by Rabbi David Hartman, “Auschwitz or Sinai?” The lecture was the final installment in our three-event series, co-sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, in honor of Rabbi… Read Article →

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The Omer, Extra-Time Goals, and Babies: Is Timing Everything?

When I was little, I was notoriously impatient and notoriously meticulous. I would look at older kids and want to be older. I would count down the days until vacations or camp with anticipation and diligence. I would follow the train schedule stop-by-stop on the way from Boston to Washington seeing how many minutes late or early the train was. It was frustrating, but also gave me a clear goal… Read Article →

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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 →

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Pesach Reflections on Ukraine and the Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project

Rabbi James Morgan April 9, 2014 On Pesach we celebrate our ancestors’ liberation from Egyptian slavery—and our own. Every year, the Jewish People finds itself in the narrow straights of Mitzrayim. And every year, we, the Jews, experience our own liberation and witness the liberation of one branch of our global family, even as others experience new hardships. Furthermore, Pesach provides a model for struggles against oppression worldwide, regardless of… Read Article →

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Hevruta: Shaping a New Era in Jewish Education

Hebrew College and The Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem are on the cutting edge of a new era in Jewish education, in which young Jews from North America and Israel will live, learn and serve together as true partners in shaping the future of the global Jewish community. Brining together the unique resources of each institution, we have developed an innovative gap-year program that will embody a new vision for… Read Article →

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Barley and the Jews

New England in mid-March is a mishmash of gray and mud; it’s not the prettiest landscape. I daresay that snow cover is somewhat more attractive, but as we get ready for spring, mud will have to do. As the earth awakens and begins to yield its fruit, and the crocuses wait for the first warm-ish day to prematurely bloom, Passover looms on the less-than-one-month horizon, with its promise of carbohydrates,… Read Article →

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Community Day: Interfaith Learning on the Hill

Last week I attended the Andover Newton and Hebrew College Joint Community Day. The event was sponsored by Andover Newton, Hebrew College, and the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE). This was a day I had been looking forward to for weeks! Both schools cancel classes for one day and come together for a day of interfaith learning and dialogue on our two campuses located atop this hill… Read Article →

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One Voice Followed By A Symphony

The following exchange between a student (Peter S.) and one of his instructors (Lynne H.) speaks to the Me’ah journey. Dear Lynne, It was so nice to see you at the graduation dinner for Me’ah. I still recall happily the beginning of Me’ah two years ago, studying Bible with you. It was very impressive to see the way you used scholarship, teaching, and above all enthusiasm to engage our minds…. Read Article →

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

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 our American lives of the 21st century. Our interfaith group which included early childhood educators… Read Article →

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Henry Lehmann

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 and helped me with the start-up years of Gann Academy, then the new Jewish High… Read Article →