The Power of Music

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Dean, School of Jewish Music
April 25, 2013

It’s a cliche: “The power of music reaches the human soul in ways that words cannot.” Maybe it’s because I’m a musician, but I am tired of this cliche. I bristle when I hear people say it to me since I’ve heard it a million times. Maybe because I spend my life either making music […]

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A Statement of Grief and Hope From Boston

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Community Blog A Statement of Grief and Hope From Boston

Director, Center for Global Judaism
April 17, 2013

As clergy serving different religious communities in Greater Boston, we are shocked and saddened by the Patriots’ Day attacks on our fellow citizens, our city and our freedom. We condemn in the strongest possible terms these and all acts of terror. Those responsible for planning and executing these vicious acts must be brought to justice. […]

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The Hebrew College-Japan Connection: Unexpected Discoveries

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Community Blog The Hebrew College-Japan Connection Unexpected Discoveries

Director, Adult Learning
April 11, 2013

When former Hebrew College President Sam Schafler and his wife, Sara, visited Kyoto, Japan, Akira Kondo, MJS’91, happily introduced them to his parents — and to members of Beit Shalom, also known as Japan Christian Friends of Israel. Founded in 1946 by Father Otsuki Takeji, Beit Shalom now boasts 10,000 members. Akira’s studies at Hebrew […]

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Anyone Can Lead

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Director, Prozdor
March 21, 2013

You might recall the refrain of Auguste Gusteau, the renowned chef of the animated film “Ratatouille”: “Anyone can cook.” As one who learned his way around the kitchen after tiring of stir-fry and rice pilaf, I believe Gusteau was right. But in this season in which we celebrate Moses’ ascent from speech-impaired shepherd of Midian […]

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My Shortest Trip to Israel

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Community Blog Purim A Holiday of Friendship

President, Hebrew College
March 6, 2013

I was on the ground in the Holy Land for just 26 hours. I came to attend the last service during the shiva period of mourning for Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away last month at the age of  81. Rabbi Hartman had been an important figure in my life, so, although I had to […]

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Shushan Purim

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Student, The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
February 25, 2013

We acknowledge today as Shushan Purim, as a commemoration of the day when the Jews of Shushan (the walled Persian capital) finally rested after defeating their enemies. They returned to their gated community, and rejoiced. Although it is most fully celebrated by those in Jerusalem (and some other walled cities), we also acknowledge the day as one of celebration. For example, just […]

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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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Community Blog Experiencing Islam An Interview with Homayra Ziad, PhD

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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