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Vertical Ladders of Sky, Horizontal Ladders of Earth

Parashat Va-Yetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) I’ve been thinking about John Keats lately. About how he died at the age of 25. About how so much of his life up to that point was spent contemplating a way out of this world. Beauty, imagination, sleep – these were his exits and escapes. These were the paths he used to transcend reality, to free himself from the cruelty, the violence, the brokenness of this… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Adam Lavitt

Closed Wells, Closed Hearts

Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) A man in an elevator repeatedly presses the close button as a woman outside shares her story of sexual assault. T’ruah recently convened a group of rabbis and cantors in conversation with Ana Maria Archila, one of the women who confronted Senator Jeff Flake in that powerful moment. During our conversation, someone spoke about Dr. Ford’s courage, and the cautious optimism they felt leading up to… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Becky SIlverstein

Lifting our eyes to find each other

Parashat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) Mah anachnu, meh chayeinu, meh chasdeinu, mah tzidkateinu, mah yeshuateinu, mah cohenu, mah gevuroteinu… the rhythm of the Hebrew words picks up speed as I move through the morning blessings. What are we?  What is our life? What is our loving-kindness?  What is our righteousness? What is our salvation?  What is our strength? What is our might? The parallelism in the English underscores the urgency of the questions…. Read Article →

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Open your eyes and look for each other.

As I write this week, my heart is trembling with love, fear, and a fierce sense of protectiveness for the transgender people in my life – friends, teachers, colleagues, students, children of friends. I tremble for them because of the latest attempt to erase their experience by taking away the language that might help us begin to see them and understand their lives. I tremble for all of us, because… Read Article →

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The Call to Protest

Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) The call to protest grows larger each day. From the women’s march in Washington in January 2016 to the climate change rallies around the world, to the #MeToo movement and anti-sexual harassment demonstrations, to vigils protesting the separation of children from their parents in immigration detention. From concern at the rise in antisemitism worldwide, to outrage of the treatment of journalists uncovering truth in the face… Read Article →

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Introducing All Genders Wrap

Rabbinical School student Rachel Putterman’s desire to empower Jews of all genders with the knowledge of how to put on tefillin, a sacred practice that has traditionally been solely within the purview of cis-gender men. “As a relatively late-in-life rabbinical school student, I really wanted to learn how to put on tefillin… When I asked a friend my age how she learned, she said by watching YouTube videos. When I went on… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Sarah’s Silent Cry

Parashat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) He didn’t mean to… He wouldn’t have, if only… There was nothing he could have done to prevent it…It only happened because she was too… With these words, we subtly dismiss the perpetration of violence and subjugation inflicted on those least protected by our social and political systems. They all too easily roll off the tongue when we hear news of some horrific violation. Did… Read Article →

Community Blog Rabbi-Sharon-Cohen-Anisfeld

Hebrew College Presidential Installation: Words of Reflection and Hope

Honored guests, beloved family, friends, teachers, students, colleagues, alumni, members of the Shabbat Table and President’s Council and the Hebrew College Board of Trustees. Thank you. To everyone who worked so generously to create this special evening — Guided by our installation chairs, Rabbi Suzanne Offit and Rabbi Sonia Saltzman, With extraordinary vision, grace, and loving attention — Im kol halev, todah. With all my heart, thank you. Andy, and… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Arthur Green

Noah: Words above the Waters

Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) The story of Noah’s flood remains one of the best-known and most powerful tales of our biblical heritage. Even in our secular age, there is hardly a child who has not heard the story told, seen it recreated in animation, or played with toys based on the animals in Noah’s ark. What is it about this story that seems to have such great enduring power? Is… Read Article →

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Can There Be Joy Amidst Vulnerability?

The Torah makes it very clear that we are to be joyful on Sukkot. We read in Deuteronomy, “V’samachta b’chagecha … You shall rejoice in your festival … v’haita ach sameach … and you shall have nothing but joy.”[1] Given that Sukkot goes by another name, z’man simchateinu, “the time of our rejoicing,” it is no surprise that these verses have become the major theme song of our festival. And… Read Article →