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My Son the Rabbi

“I am proud that he is able to find so many contemporary applications for words written so long ago, especially when there are lessons to be learned from difficult portions.” (Helaine Braunig, mother of Rabbi Jordan Braunig, Rab’14, commenting on her son’s 70 Faces of Torah blog post in last week’s The Huffington Post.) Read Rabbi Braunig’s blog post: http://huff.to/28KwjvP . Learn more about the The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

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Spirituality & Social Justice

                              “I work to create authentic relationships and support others to do the same. It is through these relationships that we find God and where, I would argue, we find the power to transform ourselves and the world for the better.” (Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin, Rab’11, Director, Clergy and Leadership Development, ECCO, Lynn, Mass.) Learn about The… Read Article →

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“Heschel would be pleased”

“My first job out of college was teaching at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I loved my work, teaching both Jewish studies and Phys. Ed. I was also very proud to be associated with a school named after the outstanding theologian and activist. I greatly admired Heschel’s unusual blend of piety, poeticism, and commitment to social justice. One afternoon at dismissal, standing in… Read Article →

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Making a Difference with Birthright

“I had visited Israel before, but it was after my three-week trip there with my Shoolman School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College professors Deborah Skolnick Einhorn and Marion Gribetz that I knew I wanted to make Israel my home. In 2012, I made aliyah. The ironic thing is that after two years, I discovered that I could have a greater impact serving Israel doing meaningful Jewish commercial work in the United States. So… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Leora Abelson

Honoring Our Burial Grounds

Parshat Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 When I traveled to Hungary and Poland this past summer with a group of women including four rabbinical students, one rabbi, and the director of a Jewish social justice organization, we visited many burial grounds. We went to cemeteries where important Jewish historical figures are buried, and others where almost all of the gravestones have been stolen or destroyed. (Almost no one visits those cemeteries;… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Cantor Ken Richmond

What Would Abraham Do?

Parshat Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Natick, my beloved suburban New England town, has for the second time this year been in the news because of bigotry. In August, a lesbian couple’s rainbow flag was stolen and their house egged. Last week, in an act of hate apparently inspired or emboldened by the election results, a Natick resident sent a series of racist and expletive-filled notes to a white neighbor, warning him… Read Article →

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Sing, Sing, Singapore

“My heart was in the east . . .as I had the privilege of leading the United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore with Rabbi Nathan Alfred for the Yamim Noraim this year. I was struck anew by how the mindful use of liturgy and melody work to create community, even as I was welcomed by this diverse group of Jews from Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Singapore, Myanmar, the UK, America… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Jim Morgan

Poetry and the Blessings of Misunderstanding

 Parshat Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32 There are utterances — their meaning Is obscure or negligible, But to attend to them Without agitation is impossible. Mikhail Lermontov, 1840 As we come to the close of a bitter election season, in which the use and misuse of language has loomed so large, this week’s Torah portion, Noach, gives us an opportunity to ponder both the importance and the challenges of linguistic diversity. Parts… Read Article →

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Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

“I am delighted to be teaching Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens at Hebrew College again! Through my work as a school psychologist for the past 25 years, I am aware that parenting adolescents has become increasingly complex, given the challenges of social media and a constantly shifting social landscape. My experience with Parenting Through a Jewish Lens has shown me that Jewish texts provide a wonderful jumping off point from… Read Article →