Category Archives: Pluralistic Perspectives

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Adina Allen

The Blossoming of the Beloved Community

Parshat Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32 As this week’s parsha begins, Korach—along with 250 chieftains of the community—criticizes Moses and Aaron for devising a system of religious practice in which only a select few are designated for Divine service. Where there was once an unmediated relationship, there are now layers—both physical and metaphorical—between the majority of the people and God. “Kol ha edah kula kedoshim u’bitocham Adonai—All of the community is holy,… Read Article →

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A Thirst for Knowledge

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “My motivation for studying for a formal degree at Hebrew College was to gain a degree of literacy in Jewish studies. After sending my children to Jewish day schools and to Israel to study so that they would have the Jewish education that I never had experienced, it became clear that it was now my turn. I wanted to be part of the conversations about Jewish… Read Article →

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Navigating the Land: Courage and Curiosity

Parshat Sh’lach L’cha, Numbers 13:1-15:41 Last November 9, I found myself in a new land. Distraught, I tried to put my finger on the root of my distress. It wasn’t just that I found the outcome of the election tragic for many reasons; I was experiencing something more profound, resembling extreme disorientation. I finally figured it out when I was reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote, “The… Read Article →

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Family Shabbos

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Shabbos dinner was the same, but altogether different. I probably forgot the words to a few prayers and switched the order of events, but we were present, with our family, together.” (Michele Lippens, Participant in Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Kahal B’raira, Cambridge. Read more.) > More about PTJL  

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PTJL, the Shema, and Jewish Humanism

How could I modify the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) curriculum to teach it without God?  This was my central question when I started to prepare to teach this course. As a Reconstructionist rabbi, I am someone who personally believes in God.  But as the education director of Kahal Braira, I also believe that Jews have the right to experience Judaism without references to God.  Many Jews struggle with… Read Article →

Community Blog Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Our deepest service in this world flows from the awareness of, and attention to, what we lack and how we love

“Every individual is a small world unto himself… No person has ever been identical to another person since the creation of the world, and therefore each and every person has a special shlichut, a distinctive purpose for which he was sent… The beginning of all avodah, all service, is discovering for what particular purpose one was sent to this world.” — Rabbi Sholom Noach Berezovsky, Netivot Shalom The longing to live… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah rachel-adelman

If Only All God’s People Were Prophets!

Parashat B’ha’alot’cha, Numbers 8:1-12:16 The Israelites journeyed through the wilderness when the Divine Presence still whispered in their midst. Though the sense of God’s footfall has long faded in our own turbulent times, the two rhetorical questions that punctuate this week’s Torah reading still resound. In one, the people complain, “If only we had meat to eat!”—more literally, who will feed us meat?; in the other, Moses calls for shared… Read Article →

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”A reflection from the Hebrew College 2017 Israel seminar

“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying” — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel “When I marched in Israel, I felt my legs were praying” — Rachel Raz Only 24 hours have passed since the first sighting of the land of Israel from our airplane’s window. We did not have the opportunity to stop, reflect and start to grasp the power of our experience. We started our journey… Read Article →

Community Blog Judith Kates

Commencement Address 2017

President Lehmann, members of the Board, honored guests, faculty colleagues, alumni and, most especially, today’s graduates, families and friends: I’m deeply honored to be standing before you as your commencement speaker, asked to offer some words in what we might think of as a modern form of wisdom literature, divrei chokhmah. With humility, I offer you my own version of what the author of the biblical wisdom book, Mishlei, Proverbs… Read Article →

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MJEd Rewards

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “The faculty at Hebrew College have each provided extraordinary course work and materials that I know I will refer to again and again throughout my career. Through their efforts, I have seen my own growth since I began this program three years ago. Each of you have stretched my abilities and have shown me that I am always capable of more. For this, I am… Read Article →