Category Archives: Pluralistic Perspectives

Community Blog Celene Ibrahim

Can We Talk? Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife

What are the rhythms and practices of mourning a loved one in Muslim or Jewish tradition? How have you experienced them personally, and how have you found them meaningful? Challenging? What is the relationship between the individual and the community in a time of mourning? What does your tradition teach about the existence of an afterlife? Dear Celene, It’s hard to think of any category of Jewish ritual where there… Read Article →

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Taking a Leap to IFJE

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC I was drawn to the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement (IFJE) program at Hebrew College because, as an intermarried Jew myself, I know firsthand that inclusivity in Jewish organizations is paramount, and yet not always there. When the opportunity arose for me to learn how to make intermarried couples and interfaith families feel welcome and to provide meaningful and engaging programming for this demographic, I knew… Read Article →

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Intimacy Through Repair

Parshat Aharei-Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30 In an interview on NPR, Nadia Bolz-Weber—the founder and pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver—talks about knowing that she will, at some point, disappoint or hurt the members of her community. For her, it is a question of when, not if. She names this often, and she invites her congregants to decide ahead of time to “stick around” when it happens…. Read Article →

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Hebrew College Celebrates Leadership, Jewish Education, and Innovation and Annual Gala

Celebrating leadership, Jewish education and innovation, Hebrew College honored Louis Grossman, Me’ah’00; Rabbi Ma’ayan Sands, MAJS’93, Rab’16 and 2017 Esther Award recipient, Susan Ain, Me’ah’02, MAJS’11 at its annual Gala, attended by almost 350 people at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston. In an evening characterized by heartwarming and inspirational stories and narratives, the three were recognized for their exemplary leadership and commitment to Hebrew College and the Greater Boston… Read Article →

Pluralistic Perspectives Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

“As we count each day and bless the counting, may we be reminded to count our blessings”

Dear friends, Every day, from the second night of Passover to the festival of Shavuot, we literally count our days. The period is known as the Omer, originally rooted in the agricultural rhythms of ancient Israel, a time of both anxiety and anticipation, as farmers waited to see what the season’s first harvest would yield. Most of us are far removed from the experience of watching for signs of a… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Lev

The 50 Year Itch (Parshat Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33)

Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson Amidst all the unfamiliar and gross-sounding skin conditions described in this week’s parshah, one jumps out with surprising, blaring familiarity: Shechin. “When the flesh has shechin in the skin and is healed…” (Lev. 13:18) Shechin is the sixth plague that God brought upon the Egyptians. Some of us dip our pinkies in our cups at the seder table each year, removing drops of wine during the recitation… Read Article →

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Vertigo

He binds his son with the leather straps of his shoes – The knife, placed on a rock nearby, still for now. The boy turns his face to his father, and says: “Do not tell my mother While she is bent over a pit, Or standing on the roof Lest she throw herself down and die.” I am standing in the kitchen early Friday morning with my list, when my… Read Article →

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Boston University Hillel Chooses Two Hebrew College Rabbinical School-Educated Leaders

Hires Rabbinical Student Jevin Eagle as Executive Director and Graduating Student Elie Lehmann as Senior Jewish Educator Jevin Eagle, a former business executive and current Hebrew College Rabbinical School student, will leverage his entrepreneurial talent, spiritual depth and passion for Hillel’s mission as he becomes the next executive director of Boston University Hillel, among the largest private university undergraduate Hillels in the country. Also taking a leadership role at BU Hillel will… Read Article →

Community Blog Rabbi Jim Morgan

Shame and Drawing Close to Holiness (Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

In a 2016 New York Times Op-Ed, Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld observe that modern American culture has been “down on shame [as] a damaging, useless emotion that we should neither feel ourselves nor make others feel.” This trend is unfortunate, they argue, because it ignores the positive role that “appropriate shame”—which they define as “the feeling that one has failed to live up to one’s own standards”—can play… Read Article →

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The Art of Liberation

(Shabbat Chol haMoed Pesach, Exodus 33:12 – 34:26) The Haggadah tells of our people’s journey from the suffering of slavery to our wild, sea-splitting-open redemption. Around the seder table last week, our observance of the holiday began with a question: “How is this night different from all other nights?: As we discuss and unfurl into our newfound freedom, our questions about the particular night of Passover blossom into new and… Read Article →