Category Archives: Pluralistic Perspectives

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Shira Shazeer

Crisis Parenting: Walking Together Through Bitter and Sweet

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) Last week, my four-year-old announced gleefully, “It’s almost Kislev!” He is joyfully anticipating the next Jewish month because of my personal custom to declare the holiday-free month of Mar-Cheshvan a family-wide post-holiday sugar detox. My son’s excitement makes perfect sense – except that it is only the second day of Cheshvan. I answer somewhat incredulously, “It’s almost Kislev?” “Yes,” he says, “Only twenty-eight days!” Somehow, what… Read Article →

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Teen Philanthropist

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Every day, people are confronted by innumerable societal woes and general injustices, and, although many do not realize it, every day nonprofit organizations fight against such issues. Throughout the course of JTFGB last year, we reviewed the grant applications of various nonprofits, and in doing so, we learned a great deal about our communities. We had the opportunity to view some of the most innovative… Read Article →

Community Blog Dan Brosgol

Prozdor: An Ongoing Evolution

As I enter my seventh year as Director of Prozdor and seventeenth year at Hebrew College, it is remarkable to think how the Prozdor program has evolved over that time. And make no mistake, Prozdor today is different than Prozdor in 2011, or Prozdor in 2003 (when I began teaching here), or Prozdor in 1995 (when all my peers who went to Prozdor graduated), or even 1926, when the school was… Read Article →

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Meet Our New Cantors-in-Training

The School of Jewish Music welcomed six new students to its cutting-edge Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership (COSEL) program; each will earn a Master of Jewish Education degree in addition to cantorial ordination. Students come from Boston, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with diverse backgrounds and portfolios, ranging from classical musicians to Jewish educators to software engineers. Three completed their undergraduate work in music conservatories. The best way to introduce them… Read Article →

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Learning through Collaboration

Humans of Hebrew College #Humans HC “I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I’m very passionate about Jewish education. In order to reach the next step in my career, I wanted to delve more deeply into theories of education and be around a cohort of people who are learning and working on improving their practice…Learning through collaboration and with colleagues is just the best way to get new ideas… Read Article →

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Parshat Lech Lecha-Congregation Mishkan Tefillah

This week we will read parshat Lech lecha. But before we talk about it, let’s take a deep breath and recognize that, at this point in Torah, we haven’t heard from God, in more than three chapters. God has been silent for what we understand to have been 40 generations, that is, since the time of Noah. Now, here comes parshat lech lecha and suddenly, without warning and not even… Read Article →

Community Blog Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

“We must choose life in the world we’ve got, and plant our gardens on this side of the rainbow”

An ancient rabbinic midrash tells us that God created and destroyed many worlds before bringing this one into being. The tale speaks, I believe, to an impulse that is all too familiar. The impulse—when confronted with profound disappointment—to destroy in order to begin again. This is the impulse that overtakes God, as it were, at the very end of last week’s Torah portion. “The Lord saw how great was man’s… Read Article →

Community Blog Rabbi Arthur Green

Reclaiming the Zohar: In Celebration of the Pritzker Zohar Translation and Commentary

In October 2017, Rabbi Arthur Green participated in events celebrating the completion of the Pritzker translation of the Zohar, a twelve volume and twenty year project published by Stanford University Press.  Green, who served as co-chair of the Academic Committee supporting the project, spoke at events at the University of Chicago, the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. About two hundred years ago, a… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Avi Strausberg

Where Is God in the Flood?

Parshat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) In the beginning, there was nothing. When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth being unformed and void. Except, that’s not exactly true. Because there was something. There was darkness, and there was wind, and there was water. A lot of water. God separated water from water, creating an expanse in between and God gathered all the lower waters together, and dry… Read Article →