Rejoicing on Sukkot

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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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The Makor Challenge

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Director, Makor and Special Projects
September 11, 2013

It’s Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m. Roughly 100 sixth and seventh graders from our Makor middle school learning community are sitting in the Beit Midrash at Hebrew College. I stand before them, ask them to close their eyes, lower their heads and answer the following question: “Raise your hand if your parents are making you come […]

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Taking It a Half Day at a Time

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Dean, School of Jewish Music
September 4, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I am not so good at the “take-it-one-day-at-a-time” approach to life. People constantly voice this sentiment, and everyone around them usually nods in agreement. Sounds like a good way to live. I, however, am always thinking ahead: planning, planning, planning. I worry about what I have to get done, […]

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A High Holy Days Reflection on Teaching

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Student, Jewish Studies
August 30, 2013

I think a lot of people who come to Jewish Studies from the outside underestimate the nature of the commitment demanded by the field. Myself, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to teach. I still do. But my ideas about teaching in general, and Jewish Studies in particular, have changed. A lot of […]

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Contextual Learning: Summer Teaching in Israel

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Director, Center for Global Judaism
August 21, 2013

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 […]

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Out of Time: 5774 Is Coming

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Director, Prozdor
August 15, 2013

Cool nights, green apples, blazing foliage and playoff baseball; fall is one of New England’s special treasures There’s no place I’d rather be from, and there’s no place I’d rather be living. I’m a Bostonian through-and-through, and I love to celebrate our four-season climate. But fall, for my money, is the best. As Jewish New […]

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A Resource That’s Even Better Than the Internet

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Graduate, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
August 5, 2013

Since the afternoon in high school when my cross-country coach (who was my history teacher, a novelist and a stand-up comedian) shared his philosophy of never being unprepared, preparation has been key to everything I do. Before starting any project, I like to research, investigate, ask questions and then make decisions that are as informed […]

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Four Questions with Jessica Silverman

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Director, Prozdor
July 24, 2013

One of the most exciting new offerings at Prozdor this fall will be a science, technology, engineering and math module in which students explore the intersection of Judaism and science in new and creative ways. We have tapped Acton, Mass. native Jessica Silverman, a newly minted Ph.D., to teach this section. Here, Silverman talks about […]

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Opening American Eyes to Israel’s Diversity

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Graduate, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
July 10, 2013

American Jews would benefit from listening to Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie. In a recent talk, Adichie explained that “it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person.” Only when American Jewry exposes its youth to all the stories that […]

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Lesson’s Learned From Rabbi Lamm’s Last Letter

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President, Hebrew College
July 3, 2013

I was an undergraduate and rabbinical student at Yeshiva University in the early to mid-1980s. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm was the university’s president. YU was beginning to emerge from a crippling financial crisis, and Rabbi Lamm was leading the revitalization of modern Orthodoxy’s flagship institution. As a student, I did not always agree with his […]

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