Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Jordan Braunig

When the Holy One is a No-Show

Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) By Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Rab`14 Perhaps the most memorable words from this week’s parasha, Parashat Vayetze, are the oft-quoted words of Jacob, who having awoken from a holy vision of a ladder connecting the heavens and earth says: אכן יש ה במקום הזה ואנוכי לא ידעת Surely Adonai was in this place, and I…I didn’t know it. The line is in some ways the quintessential expression… Read Article →

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Madlik: Illuminating Jewish Life Across the Generations

“The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College was a wonderful place. It allowed me to unpack a Judaism that was my own. There was a space specifically created to discover Judaism as a tool to lead a meaningful life, to discover the Judaism I wanted to live and create it in the world. “ — Rabbi Philip Sherman Whether Rabbi Philip Sherman, Rab`13,  is sitting on the floor shaking a lulav with… Read Article →

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Shehecheyanu

The Shehecheyanu is a blessing of thankfulness. It is traditionally said at the beginning of holidays and to celebrate joyous occasions. You can also say this blessing to mark family milestones and other special moments. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and permitted us to reach this time. Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam Shehecheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu, laz’man… Read Article →

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Jewish Teens Drive Meaningful Change

“A still small voice is heard…” — U-netaneh Tokef, High Holiday Liturgy  Many voices cannot be heard in our communities. Who will hear the voices of social injustice now and in years to come? Consider these numbers and a story. | 49 teens | raised $46,668 | 7 grants | The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) at Hebrew College is helping to make unheard voices heard by making the meaning of mitzvoth of tzedakah, gemilut… Read Article →

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Bringing the Personal into the World

Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) When people hear that I am a twin, they tend to immediately ask,  “are you identical or fraternal?”  Upon seeing us, it is clear that we are fraternal. The next question people ask is “who is older?”  And sometimes they will follow up with, “which one is the good twin?” The answers to these questions are linked—I am older because my sister is the bad twin…. Read Article →

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Elu v’Elu: Engaging Diversity

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “I converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon, when I was 13 years old, on my own, with no family support.  I have essentially grown up as a Latter-day Saint.  While I am a devout ‘believer,’ I have felt a hunger in my late middle years to learn more deeply, to understand more fully, to partake from sources of faith and… Read Article →

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Madlik: Illuminating Life on Campus

“My experiences at Hebrew College really prepared me to work at Hillel in some very dramatic ways. As a Rabbinical student in a pluralistic school, I learned to speak to different types of Jews.” – Rabbi Getzel Davis, Rab`13, MJEd’13 Getzel Davis stands at the forefront of a national movement that seeks to welcome college students more fully into Jewish living. With passion and wisdom honed during his years at Hebrew… Read Article →

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Madlik: Illuminating Prayer

“We are all on quests to find meaning and purpose. We need a place to ask the important questions, to find wisdom and to grow.” Rabbi Suzie Schwartz Jacobson Rab’15, MJEd`15 For Rabbi Schwartz Jacobson, encouraging community members of all ages to lean into their questions and try new ways of finding meaning is an essential part of her rabbinate. In whatever role she is serving—as Assistant Rabbi and Director… Read Article →

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The Power of Numbers

All my life I have been a numbers guy. In college, I majored in accounting, followed by a Master’s degree in business, and spent a career in the investment field as an analyst and portfolio manager. Numbers are important. They are objective and can tell a very powerful story. I like numbers. At Hebrew College, I am also drawn to our numbers as represented by the impact of our alumni… Read Article →

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To be a Stranger and Resident

Parashat Chayei Sarah (23:1-25:18) Toward the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, Abraham describes himself to those with whom he lives with the phrase, “ger v’toshav anochi imachem, I am a stranger and a resident among you” (Gen. 23:4). Various Jewish commentators have interpreted this self-description as much more than just a statement about Abraham’s relationship to his immediate neighbors in the context of purchasing a burial plot… Read Article →