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We are a community of Hebrew Seminary faculty, staff, rabbinical students, lifelong learners, Kabbalists, scholars, spiritual seekers and kind supporters.

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 Emor

Parsha 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 |2022-05-11T14:36:07-05:00May 11, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parsha Kiddushin

Parsha Kiddushin
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 parsha Kiddushin – 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 |2022-04-21T18:24:34-05:00April 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

Parsha 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 we […]

By |2022-04-08T16:35:40-05:00April 8, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parsha Shemini

Parsha Shemini
By Rabbi Tirtzah Israel, Hebrew Seminary alumna & Assistant Professor of Spirituality

This week’s Torah portion Shemini is the third story in a series of continuous narration following parshiot Vayikra and Tzav in the book of Vayikra.

First, the book of Vayikra opens with Moses being called by G-D from the newly built Mishkan (Tent of Meetings).  Moses was told to instruct the Children of […]

By |2022-03-25T16:38:18-05:00March 25, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|1 Comment

Parsha Tzav

What does it mean to be holy? In this week’s Torah portion Tzav, we read about the consecration of Aaron, his sons and the mishkan, the tabernacle, by Moses. Everyone who entered, and everything used within the mishkan, needed to be holy.

But what does that really mean? How can we be holy? According to our Holiness code in parsha Kedoshim, we are told that […]

By |2022-03-18T15:46:26-05:00March 18, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|1 Comment

Parsha Vayikra

Torah Portion: Vayikra

By Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer

Leviticus 1:1-5:26

This week, we begin the holy book of Vayikra or Leviticus, which deals at length with sacrifices or offerings. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch understands a “sacrifice” as “giving up something that is of great importance to oneself so that another can benefit.” An offering is a gift that enhances the receiver. On the p’shat level of our […]

By |2022-03-11T13:53:19-06:00March 11, 2022|Hebrew Seminary Blog|0 Comments

Parsha Toldot: Joy

Parsha Toldot by  Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer


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


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


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