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Rabbi’s Blog

Thirty six. Conservatively speaking, that’s the number of times that the phrase “Do not oppress the stranger” appears in our tradition. I say “conservatively” because that accounts only for the times we hear it in the Torah. This admonition repeats and echoes through Ketuvim and the Prophets--- The voice...

God of Mothers and Fathers Send strength to those who are apart tonight Gentleness to those who are fighting for freedom Yearning to be together.   God of our sons and daughters
Help us remember that you are the God of their sons and daughters Who speak to you in languages of...

The poet Theodore Roethke wrote “in a dark time the eye begins to see” This week has been a particularly dark time, here at home, in the Jewish community, and in Israel. What we see is discord, an inability to hear opposing viewpoints, and we see...

  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...