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Jewish Leadership: The Power of the Many

In her essay Women & Power: A Manifesto, classicist Mary Beard prompts us to think about power in ways that are countercultural to current norms. Power, she argues, is often treated as…

Picasso’s Bull as a Template for Teshuvah

A series of eleven lithographs by Picasso might not seem themost likely of “texts” upon which to meditate in the weeks anddays leading up to Yom Kippur. We are generally directed to…

The power of presence: Havruta learning toward original Jewish pedagogy, practice and paradigms

Jewish educators are, by nature, responsive and reactive. They are required to deliberately infuse Jewish content in teaching students and communities that are dynamic. In the past two and…

Safety and the Creation of Sacred Spaces: Ancient Models and Contemporary Takeaways

Space informs practice within it. It affects how we spiritually engage, how we socialize, how we conduct our professional environments, how we live in our homes. As philosopher Alain de…

Creating Sacred Space as a Jewish Pedagogy

Creating sacred space refers to deliberately defining, giving express purpose to, and sanctifying space through restriction/limitation. After having spent many years teaching in a variety…

An Experiential Approach to Tisha B’Av: Action Leads to Feeling

Tisha B’Av: The peak of a reversed Avelut process Tisha B’Av is the Jewish people’s national day of mourning. It is the day on which we sit shiva and mourn the loss of our Holy Temple – as…

A series of reflections on Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible for the 929 Project

An ark, of scarlet Round, not square Two or three segments within Like the seal of a ring, fitted, fair Before the time of the flood, before Noah, Created and by the hand of God She appears…

Is it Really the Time to Say No? Powering Through the Pandemic Moment

On a cold and brisk morning in March, over a decade ago, I ran my first half marathon. I had always been athletic, but never a runner, and so I took the opportunity – at a hectic and full…

THE BEST: The Ruined House

Summary: The Ruined House is a novel set in New York City in the early twenty-first century, centered on Andrew Cohen, a professor of comparative culture at NYU, an aging American…

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