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Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin

You Cannot Do It Alone

Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) As a rabbi and organizer for social justice, the past 15 months have been a moral nightmare and an organizer’s dream come true.  As our government increasingly hurts communities of color, poor people, and religious minorities, thousands of concerned citizens—of diverse backgrounds—are coming out of the woodwork, eager to fight back.  Many are entering the political fray for the first time. For years, leaders in the… Read Article →

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Components of Faith

Parashat B’Shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:15) A congregant I’ll call K. just found out she has cancer. “I can’t halt the parade of anxious thoughts,” she tells me. “All my hair will fall out. What if the treatment doesn’t work? I’m going to die.” K. has a good relationship with God. She says “modah ani,” wraps tefillin, and meditates every morning. With the news, however, none of her spiritual practices seem to… Read Article →

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Speaking Torah: Some say…

“To act in the image of the God of Exodus is to reach  out to each other  with our own  strong  hands and outstretched arms.” As we open our calendars to the start of the secular New Year this week, we open the Torah scroll to the beginning of Sefer Shemot, the first chapters of the Exodus story. It is difficult to say exactly where the journey out of Egypt begins. Some… Read Article →

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With Strong Hands and Outstretched Arms

Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1) The story of our departure from Egypt begins with a cry—the deep, inarticulate cry of pain and longing that rises up from the bellies of the Israelite slaves and ascends to heaven. It is their cry, in this week’s Torah portion, that—after generations of slavery—finally evokes a response from God, and sets the process of liberation in motion. “The Israelites were groaning under their bondage and… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Suzanne Offit

How Will the Story End?

Parashat Vayigash  (Genesis 44:18-47:27) “Hinei mah tov u’ma na’im shevet achim gam yachad.” “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers sit all together.” — Psalm 133:1 I first learned these words and several musical renditions of this textual snippet as a child, long before I could even translate the psalmist’s words into English. Years later, having learned the literal meaning of this verse, I began to contemplate its meaning more… Read Article →

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Fostering a Love of Judaism

“Whoever teaches her child teaches not only her child but also her child’s child—and so on to the end of generations.”  —Talmud, Kiddushin This desire to give her children extraordinary religious school experiences, like what she had growing up in the congregation where she became a bat mitzvah and was confirmed, is what led Lisa Morlitz, MJEd’17 on the path to the Schoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. Let’s talk about… Read Article →

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Speaking Torah: “Just as one candle ignites another, may we ignite each other’s spirits”

For a long time, my mother has had two photographs hanging on her dining room wall. The first is a photograph of an empty city street at night, with one small light illuminating a darkened storefront. The second is photograph of a vast frozen field of snow, with a family of four bundled up in their winter coats and huddled together in the foreground. My mother, an amateur photographer herself,… Read Article →

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Presidental Transition

“The greatest leaders are those who are able to elicit and inspire the very best in others.”  — Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | 10 years | 1.1.2018 | $100,000 This is an exciting time for Hebrew College. We have grown and thrived over the last 10 years under the visionary leadership of President Daniel Lehmann, and now we are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld as our incoming President. “We warmly welcome… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Cantor Ken Richmond

Lighting Up the Darkness One Good Point at a Time

Parshat Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) As someone who, by nature of my profession, has the privilege of leading my congregation in prayer on a regular basis, I have long taken inspiration and instruction from a quote from the Hasidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), who said in his teaching “Azamra”: …The one who can create these melodies by finding the good points in every Jew… is fit to be the prayer leader. The… Read Article →

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Gratitude Abounds: Remarks from Hebrew College’s President-Elect

This summer I spent a lot of time with an article called The Gift Must Always Move By the translator and poet Lewis Hyde. It is about gratitude, And about cultures of gratitude. It’s about living with an awareness of the gifts we have received And are constantly receiving – And the generosity that flows from that awareness. To know how much one has been given By other people By… Read Article →