Purim: A Holiday of Friendship?

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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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Experiencing Islam: An Interview With Homayra Ziad, Ph.D.

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Director, Center for Global Judaism
February 11, 2013

In January, Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School offered for the first time a joint winter seminar on Islam for rabbinical, cantorial and ministerial students. This one-week intensive course, “Experiencing Islam,” was led by Homayra Ziad, assistant professor of religion at Trinity College. Following her time on our hilltop campus, Ziad spoke with the […]

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Walk the Walk

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Dean, School of Jewish Music
February 6, 2013

Talk about pluralism. Talk about diversity. Talk the talk? Or walk the walk. I had the privilege of being part of an amazing Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Providence on Sunday, Jan. 27. Six choirs from around the city joined together to pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy in a concert entitled “Singing the […]

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An Interfaith Vision for America

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President, Hebrew College
January 22, 2013

The remarkable confluence of President Obama’s second inaugural celebration and the national holiday marking Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday led me to think about the place of religious pluralism in America. I listened to President Obama’s inaugural address at noon, and as I was driving back to Boston from New York City, I listened again […]

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Gaining a Fresh Approach to Rearing Teens: An Opportunity for Every Parent

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Director, Adult Learning
January 18, 2013

As her triplets were heading into their teen years, Cynthia Cohen thought it would be helpful to enroll in Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens. The Jewish aspect of the course attracted her. “We are not better parents than our friends who are not Jewish. We just do certain things differently. We have Shabbat […]

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Israel: There and Back Again

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Director, Prozdor
January 8, 2013

It’s always amazing to go to Israel with Prozdor kids. This time we managed to somehow dodge the historic rainfall that has been pounding the country all winter to enjoy a jam-packed 11 days of travel. It only rained the night of our arrival (Dec. 21, and no, we didn’t see the Messiah, even though I went […]

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What We Bring, What We Take

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Director, Adult Learning
November 15, 2012

I have counseled many adults with work, family or other obligations to enroll in Me’ah, to enjoy learning the compelling story of the Jewish people with outstanding scholars. I tell them that assigned readings deepen understanding, but our instructors know how to teach busy adults who have no time to prepare for class. Finally, I […]

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Toward Creativity: A Theological Goal for Jewish Education

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President, Hebrew College
November 1, 2012

I have been contemplating the need for a theology of Jewish education which would ground the goals of Jewish education in an understanding of Judaism’s religious telos. It seems to me that Jewish education should inspire and equip us to achieve the deepest aspirations of Judaism. At the recent 10th anniversary celebration of the Mandel […]

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Square One? Re-envisioning Jewish Experiences for Today’s Youth

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Director, Prozdor
October 18, 2012

Every year in our towns and neighborhoods, Jewish families fork over thousands of dollars for Russian Math School, Mass Premier Soccer, private SAT tutoring and intensive jazz and ballet dance classes. Yet at the same time they either don’t need, want or are unable to devote similar resources to Jewish activities. While there are exceptions […]

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A Tale of Two Countries

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Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
October 4, 2012

I was privileged to lead the High Holy Day services again this year at the Oxford Jewish Community in Great Britain. The OJC is unique in Europe in having a single community with multiple “minyanim,” including a regular Orthodox, Masorti and Liberal Jewish service on Shabbat and Hagim. The community incorporates members from “town and […]

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