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The mission of Hebrew Seminary is to train rabbis and Jewish educators to serve all Jewish communities, including the deaf community. Hebrew Seminary has been an inclusive and egalitarian community for the study and practice of Judaism since our founding in 1992.

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By |2021-11-09T13:46:26-06:00January 1, 2021|Hebrew Seminary Blog|0 Comments

Parsha Toldot: Joy

Parsha Toldot by  Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer

Toldot

In 586 BCE, Babylon attacked Israel and destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. The Jews were exiled to Babylon. And for the first time in our history as a people, we no longer lived in Judah or in Israel, but we lived in a foreign country. About 100 years later, […]

By |2021-11-05T14:43:37-05:00November 5, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yom Kippur 5782

YOM KIPPUR

By Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer;

A central theme of Yom Kippur is teshuvah, repentance or return to God. And within the command to do teshuvah in Parshat Nitzavim, which we read in our temple on Yom Kippur is the verse, “Vahashevota el levavecha” “And you shall return to your heart.” (Deuteronomy 30:1) The Torah considers the heart as our “God Connection.”

Rabbi Norman Lamm emphasizes […]

By |2021-10-15T16:04:38-05:00September 10, 2021|Jewish Holidays|0 Comments

How One Rabbi Uses Roleplaying Games to Build Community

Spirituality is only one tool in this community leader’s toolkit for bringing people closer together. Character sheets are another. WIRED, 01.21.2021.

AT HIS BAR Mitzvah in his Reconstructionist Jewish synagogue, Rabbi Menachem Cohen hoped to be saved. “I was waiting for God to plunk me on the head and take me on a spiritual trip. A spiritual acid […]

By |2021-06-17T19:24:59-05:00February 1, 2021|Kabbalah|0 Comments

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Within the vast inner-spaces of the human body and soul lies divinely inspired possibility. Read and reflect with us. Virtually walk hand-in-hand with the great minds of yesterday and discover new creative and compassionate paths for living today and tomorrow.

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By |2021-06-28T15:30:07-05:00May 26, 2020|Semester Classes|0 Comments

EGG Meditation

by Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer

Chaim Vital, borrowing from the early mystics, teaches that the EGG represents the one who attains self-realization – a symbol of truth.  Chaim Vital also learned the following meditation from his teacher Isaac Luria, who taught that this meditation brings you to a conscious at-one-ment – at one with health, clear mind, […]

By |2021-06-28T15:28:55-05:00April 15, 2020|Jewish Meditation, Kabbalah|1 Comment

Elevator Meditation

By Hebrew Seminary President Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer

Here is a short meditation to rid ourselves of anxiety. We have all been going though an anxious time recently, worrying about COVID-19.  

  1.  Close your eyes.  Breathe in through your nose, and out through your nostrils three times.  
  2. Join me in saying this: […]
By |2021-06-28T15:29:15-05:00March 27, 2020|Jewish Meditation, Kabbalah|0 Comments

This is Our Cue to be Thankful

January 202o Newsletter

Sefer Assiyah
The Book of Making

In late November, Hebrew Seminary and Congregation Bene Shalom partnered to host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. It was a heartwarming afternoon in affirmation of life and unity and gratitude. Attendees donated small toiletries that combined together made 150 Dignity Kits for refugee support in partnership with HIAS/ […]

By |2021-06-28T15:32:28-05:00January 22, 2020|Kabbalah|0 Comments

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