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Shavuot: Divine Light and Earthly Vessels

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Director, Center for Global Judaism
June 3, 2014

In preparing for the celebration of the holiday of Shavuot — “The Time of the Giving of Torah,” as it is referred to in countless rabbinic sources — I have been reflecting on a striking teaching from the great Hasidic sage Rabbi Levi Isaac of Berditchev (1740-1809) on the relationship between spiritual inspiration and religious […]

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A New View of the Narrow Bridge

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 27, 2014

I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While […]

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Relief Trip to Seabright

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Student, Prozdor
May 11, 2014

The 2014 Relief Trip to Seabright New Jersey was a moving experience. 19 Prozdor volunteers drove to Seabright on the morning of Wednesday April 24th, not many of us knew what to expect. Hurricane Sandy struck Seabright, New Jersey so hard that an organization solely for lifting people back on their feet was born: Seabright […]

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How Joining a Community of Writers Changed Me

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Rising Voices Fellow
May 2, 2014

This month our Rising Voices Fellows reflect on their experiences of the fellowship over the past year. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. Before this year, I had always viewed writing as a solitary process. I wrote alone, […]

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Rising through the Year

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Rising Voices Fellow
April 29, 2014

This month our Rising Voices Fellows reflect on their experiences of the fellowship over the past year. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor. As my year in the Rising Voices Fellowship comes to a close, it is time […]

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Boston Kind: Stories Of Compassion

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Director, Center for Global Judaism
April 24, 2014

On a balmy April day last year, I stepped into a taxi in suburban Boston and headed downtown to attend the interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in response to the Marathon bombings just three days earlier. As I sat in the back of the cab, trying not to sweat too much […]

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Diversity: A Reflection

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Director, Prozdor
March 25, 2014

Growing up in Belmont, I knew about Bedford in two distinct ways. First, that the Marshall’s in Bedford was the best one around. Second, that Bedford was on the way out to “The Swamp,” which is what my parents called Great Meadows. That was about it. Now that I’ve been a homeowner and resident in […]

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Community Day: Interfaith Learning on the Hill

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Student, Andover Newton Theological School
March 10, 2014

Last week I attended the Andover Newton and Hebrew College Joint Community Day. The event was sponsored by Andover Newton, Hebrew College, and the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE). This was a day I had been looking forward to for weeks! Both schools cancel classes for one day and come together for […]

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Blending Torah and Activism

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Rector, Rabbinical School; Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion
February 26, 2014

I am a scholar and teacher, having devoted much of my life to shaping a Judaism that will work both for me and for others in our contemporary world. I have one sibling, my sister Paula, who works in international peacebuilding, especially in Asia and Africa. Recently, I received an email she sent from Addis […]

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Agreement

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Director of Programming and Initiatives, Prozdor
February 12, 2014

On our first day as a cohort, the fellows put together a list of things we would do as a group to make this experience a success. I thought sharing it with the world would help everyone see why I am so excited about this trip and these fellows: HAVAYAH 2014 COMMUNAL AGREEMENT To have […]

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