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Why I talk to dead guys about my uterus

I spend a lot of my time talking to old dead guys about my uterus. It’s not a popular thing for a young person to do – especially when it comes to controversial, timely social issues like immigration, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive justice. The people most natural for me to consult should be my peers – leaders in these fields, champions of progress, and fighters for justice in the here… Read Article →

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Pluralism in the Beit Midrash

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “The Bet Midrash at Hebrew College is a warm and welcoming environment where diverse ideas and beliefs are shared alongside study of traditional Jewish texts.  It is a truly inspiring place for a rabbi to teach, learn, and grow.” (Rabbi Shayna Rhodes, Rab`08 is the co-director of the Beit Midrash at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.)

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“In the deserts of the heart, let the healing fountain start.”

Toward the end of this week’s parasha, the Israelites come to a place called Be’er (meaning “well” in Hebrew). There, in the middle of the desert, they discover a well, an unexpected source of water. An unexpected source of hope, sustenance, and healing. The moment awakens a song, “Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well, sing to it!” [Numbers 21:17] The Hasidic master, the Sefat Emet, sees in the… Read Article →

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Finding our Way Inside: The Priestly Blessing as a Model for Jewish Practice

Parshat Naso (Numbers, 4:21-7:89) In his book Lost Connections, Johann Hari shares a fascinating and, for me, paradigm shifting study about the connection between work and mental health. The study, done by Australian scientist Michael Marmot in the 1970s, shows that workplace stress and depression is highly correlated to the amount of control people have over their work. The more control a person has over her work, the less stressed and… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin

Tzav: Offering Our Whole Selves

Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) My first summer on staff with the PICO faith-based national organizing network, I heard an encouraging presentation about a model state federation, call it OSC, and how it was changing the politics of its state. Yet, the following summer, all of the OSC staff were inexplicably missing from the national staff gathering. I later learned from my friend and former OSC staffer, whom I’ll call Emily,… Read Article →

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My Sister the Sister

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC I am the oldest of five girls. We were raised Catholic and were all very active in the church growing up. I sang in the kids’ choir, founded the teen choir, and served as a church cantor for 7 years. My mom serves in a music director role for our church and other congregations, and my whole family has held leadership roles in the church…. Read Article →

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Shehecheyanu Moments

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Perhaps the most valuable lesson I took from Parenting Through a Jewish Lens was that any moment can be marked with the Shehecheyanu. A baby’s first steps – yes. The cold, clean taste of frigid winter air, and hot tea waiting in a warm house beyond – yes. My son, struggling to balance dependence and autonomy, confidently walking himself next door for a playdate – yes, yes, yes! Shehecheyanu,… 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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Teen Philanthropist

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Every day, people are confronted by innumerable societal woes and general injustices, and, although many do not realize it, every day nonprofit organizations fight against such issues. Throughout the course of JTFGB last year, we reviewed the grant applications of various nonprofits, and in doing so, we learned a great deal about our communities. We had the opportunity to view some of the most innovative… Read Article →

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A Seat at the Table

“Pluralism is central to who I am religiously. Yes, I identify as a conservative Jew, but I take pieces from reform, orthodox, reconstructionist, chasidism—a little bit of everything—to make who I am as a Jew. Hebrew College supports that. And that’s important to my work as I encounter different styles of Judaism. The idea that we all have a seat at the table of Judaism is core to Hebrew College… Read Article →