Turning on our Future Rabbis: Israel and Rabbinic Education -
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, has issued a lengthy response to Rabbi Daniel Gordis’s Commentary column that accused young rabbis of turning on Israel. Here’s a taste:
Most disappointing are Gordis’ recommendations for responding to the challenges that beset liberal rabbinical schools with regard to Israel education. While he admits that it will not be easy, he offers little upon which we can build a compelling educational plan. For Gordis, the selection of students, the curriculum and assigned readings and the year of study in Israel hold out the most hope for confronting the challenges that so concern him. The level of vagueness and generality in his list of suggestions is surprising, especially for a founding Dean of a North American rabbinical school. More baffling is his insistence that “raising the flag of particularity and distinctive loyalties high and unabashedly” holds out the most hope for developing rabbis who will be lovers of Zion. The adults that we teach in our Rabbinical School are not so shallow and anti-intellectual that they would be swayed by flag waving. Commitment to Jewish particularity will not be engendered by flowery rhetoric or demagogic charisma. The pledge of allegiance has long been discarded as the method to generate deep loyalty. Thin processes of socialization will not work to nurture the souls and stimulate the minds of adults who seek thick, authentic experiences of Judaism.
Read the entire response at JewishBoston.com.
Beneath Jerusalem, a city of the past
- Underneath the crowded alleys and holy sites of old Jerusalem, hundreds of people are snaking at any given moment through tunnels, vaulted medieval chambers, and Roman sewers in a rapidly expanding subterranean city invisible from the streets above.
What I did on my spring break
- Who returns from the Holy Land talking about Justin Bieber? And yet, who has the willpower not to burst with the news that she not only stayed in the same hotel as the teen pop star, but was mobbed by his fans?
Bread People: horrifying, hilarious… or both?
Matzohckerberg (suggested by Guy T)
There’s no VPL when Spanx is in the house, just ask the CEO
- The girdle queen gave the room a once over and was pleased. The minglers at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies event looked appropriately smooth. “No visible panty lines,”said Laurie Ann Goldman, chief executive of Spanx.
The evening’s one bumpy moment came during the Q&A, when Sarah Perry, of Newton, floated the idea that Spanx thrived by preying on women’s body issues. “I understand your question,’’ Goldman said. But the products are “really about feeling comfortable in your own skin.’’
Even if it needs to be sucked into submission.
"LevenUp" before Passover with LevelUp -
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‘Seder in a Box’ provides essentials for Jewish holiday -
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