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A Planet of Self-Sabotage or Self-Love? A Tish’ah Be’Av Commentary

A Planet of Self-Sabotage or Self-Love? A Tish’ah Be’Av Commentary
By Rabbi Jonah Rank,  Hebrew Seminary President & Rosh Yeshivah

Before he became an unlikely household name in the 1960s, when he removed the high brow of Amilcare Ponchielli’s ballet Dance of the Hours by borrowing the composer’s tune for “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp),” Allan Sherman had been a struggling writer. The […]

By |2022-08-05T17:36:14-05:00August 5, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|1 Comment

Parashiyyot Mattot-Mas’ei

Words That Build and Break Worlds: Parashiyyot Mattot-Mas’ei
By: Rabbi Jonah Rank, Hebrew Seminary President & Rosh Yeshivah

Streets are filled with broken hearts
Broken words never meant to be spoken
Everything’s broken
-Bob Dylan, “Everything Is Broken”[1]

Our trust breaks down when someone we admire or rely on says one thing and does another. Whether the word that never came to be began with a partner, a […]

By |2022-07-29T14:32:41-05:00July 29, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|0 Comments

Parashat Pinechas

Fixing the Broken Peace: Pinechas and the Outbreak of Violence
By: Rabbi Jonah Rank, Hebrew Seminary President & Rosh Yeshivah

As I write these words, 15 days after the mass shooting at the Highland Park 4th of July Celebration 2022, our news outlets continue to share updates about victims, their families, and the community.  This senseless act of gun violence impacted our own community at Hebrew […]

As American as Apple Pie

As American as Apple Pie
By: Rabbi Deborah Nesselson, Hebrew Seminary alum & Board Member

We are heartbroken and bereft. It’s always awful, terrifying and terrorizing and we grieve from afar along with those stricken. BUT it happens somewhere we are not, somewhere else, never here. And then it does happen. We’re in shock, fleeing and dodging bullets on what was supposed to be […]
By |2022-07-21T21:37:35-05:00July 8, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parashat Behalotecha

Parashat Behalotecha
By: Becky Adelberg

There is a lot taking place in the Torah portion, Behalotecha. The afterbirth of a nation, the menorah is created, the first national music mandated, the first national holiday of Passover is celebrated and the Israelites complain and complain and complain.

In this Torah portion, the cleansing of the Levites is described.  A process that necessitates being sprinkled with water of purification, receiving […]

By |2022-07-12T15:01:06-05:00June 23, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parashat Naso

Parashat Naso
By Ezra Kiers

Have you ever made a decision when you’re angry and wondered, “Could I have had a different outcome if I’d been calm?” Well, you’re not alone.

Parashat Naso, meaning “lift up”, clarifies that wronging another person is considered “breaking faith with Adonai” (Numbers 5:6). To repent for such wrongdoing requires an addition to the standard sin offering in the Holy Temple. However, before […]
By |2022-07-12T15:02:36-05:00June 10, 2022|Weekly Torah Portions|1 Comment

Parashat Emor

Parshat Emor
Written by: Ben Abrams, Hebrew Seminary Rabbinic student

In this week’s parsha, God’s voice comes in the form of a command, “Emor”, “speak!” 

The first thing that I noticed when studying Emor was how the verse Leviticus 21:2 stated that close family members are more important than laws that govern the purity of the Cohanim when dealing with the […]

By |2022-07-12T15:03:24-05:00May 11, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parashat Kedoshim

Parashat Kedoshim
By Rabbi Shari Chen

“God spoke to Moses saying speak to the children of Israel and tell them you shall be holy for I the Lord your God, am holy.”

These words begin this week’s Torah parashat Kedoshim – our Holiness code. Many years ago, I was told by my Rabbi, that each rabbi has one biblical verse that defines them. My verse just so […]

By |2022-07-12T15:09:03-05:00April 21, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|0 Comments

Passover Shabbat Message

Passover Shabbat Message
by Rabbi Shari Chen

This year, for the first time in over 25 years, I will not be celebrating Passover at Congregation Bene Shalom with my cherished friend, Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer. Rabbi Douglas loved our Passover celebrations – from the recitation of the 10 plagues, using a bag of 10 stuffed toys to recreate the plagues, to negotiating for the Afikomen, to […]

By |2022-04-14T18:31:10-05:00April 14, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|0 Comments

Parashat Metzora

Parashat Metzora
By Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer, z’l

The Zohar teaches that there was a special light called the Or Ganuz that God created to be hidden away for the righteous. This light teaches awareness of wholeness, that we are all one with God. With awareness of this light, we also recognize that we should seek to maintain God’s Masculine and Feminine form within us. When […]

By |2022-07-12T15:06:51-05:00April 8, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments


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