Tag Archives: Pluralistic Perspectives

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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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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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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 →

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Carmen to the Cantorate

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “To be an opera singer you need to carry a big ego. It’s performative and deeply competitive. You’re constantly being evaluated. You need the desire to win, the desire to be the best. I love music deeply, and it is central to who I am, but I don’t have an overwhelming ‘I’m the best’ thing inside of me. I feel the need to help people. That’s… Read Article →

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 →