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Parashat Re’eh

How We Look at Things: Commentary on Parashat Re’eh 5782
By Rabbi Dena Bodian, Hebrew Seminary alum, ordained 2010; College Chaplain and Campus Rabbi at Wellesley College

This week’s parashah starts seemingly with a command: רְאֵה (Re’eh, “See”) (Deuteronomy 11:26). Just as earlier in the Book of Deuteronomy, we encountered the first […]

By |2022-08-26T11:50:19-05:00August 26, 2022|Uncategorized, Weekly Torah Portions|0 Comments

Parashat Ekev

Comfort! A Commentary on Parashat Ekev 5782
By Rabbi Dr. Laurence Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of Bible, Jewish Thought, Jewish History

In the weeks that follow Tish’ah Be’Av (which was observed this year on August 7) there is a sense in which we see ourselves as mourners. We have recited the lamentations over the destruction of Jerusalem – traditionally done sitting on the floor or […]

By |2022-08-17T12:00:54-05:00August 17, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|1 Comment

Parashat Va’etchannan

Small Actions, Great Principles: Commentary on Parashat Va’etchannan
By Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub, Hebrew Seminary Professor of Talmud

Sometimes, you can learn great principles from small actions. A great example of this occurs in this week’s Torah reading, Va’etchannan.

Deuteronomy 4:41-43 tells us:
אָ֣ז יַבְדִּ֤יל מֹשֶׁה֙ שָׁלֹ֣שׁ עָרִ֔ים בְּעֵ֖בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּ֑ן מִזְרְחָ֖ה שָֽׁמֶשׁ׃ לָנֻ֨ס שָׁ֜מָּה רוֹצֵ֗חַ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִרְצַ֤ח אֶת־רֵעֵ֙הוּ֙ בִּבְלִי־דַ֔עַת […]

By |2022-08-11T12:26:07-05:00August 11, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog, Torah|0 Comments

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 |2022-08-11T12:27:06-05:00August 5, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|0 Comments

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 |2022-08-11T12:27:35-05:00July 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|0 Comments

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


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