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Rabbi’s Blog

  Today marks the 4th anniversary of my rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that rabbinical school is five years long. Those of us ordained by HUC-JIR begin the first year together studying in Jerusalem,...

Reflections on Jerusalem By Deborah Harris After breakfast we loaded up the bus with our luggage and prepared to say goodbye to Jerusalem.  But we had a few stops to make first. Our first appointment was with Donniel Hartman of the Hartman Institute (many thanks to Barbara Lafer and...

Reflections from Israel By Nina Lipkowitz A few thoughts on Shabbat in Jerusalem. It has taken me several days to reflect on this day and begin to be able to put it into words. I was looking forward to spending Shabbat in Jerusalem. It was one of...

Reflections Along the Way By Sharon Hotchkiss Entering the Old City of Jerusalem--what an exciting and emotional experience!  We began our day listening to a prominent imam from the Muslim community.  We have been trying to understand issues facing Israel from various points of view--Jewish and Muslim,...

Reflections on our Trip By Heidi Katz Thursday, May 3. Travel theme: Start Up Nation. Before the day began, one might have wondered about any logical connections between what was on the day’s agenda: a scientific research institution on the cutting edge of exploration and innovation; a...

Reflections on Our First Few Days By: Bob Tutnauer These first few day's we've been in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. They've been very hot, uncomfortable days. No matter, we've enjoyed our trip. The second morning, we were joined by an Palestinian guide. As we walked around Jaffa, we...

Jewish Macedonia & The Berkshires- Who Would Have Imagined A Connection? A Guest Blog by Joshua Bloom Over a young families’ Shabbat havurah dinner last fall, Hevreh member Sarah Aroeste Blaugrund and I decided to co-lead a Jewish heritage tour to Macedonia based on our shared connections to...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/reality-undone-rebuilt Parashat Vayishlach 5778 Last week, I had an exchange that has stayed with me. Liz, Lior and I had just landed from our return Thanksgiving flight. We flew into Bradley, and with so much baby gear, I left Liz and Lior at baggage claim, while I...

Parashat Noach 5778   One can learn a lot about his surroundings from the graffiti he encounters. When I was living in Jerusalem as a rabbinical student, eagerly and earnestly learning to speak modern Hebrew, I remember walking down Emek Refayim one day and seeing the words...

Since August, communities across the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States have been confronted with several major natural disasters and communal tragedies. Each of these has brought loss of life and broken hearts. When challenges confront us, we as a community of faith and conscience also...