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The Most Humble Leader

Beha'alotkha 5777 / 10 June 2017

God bless America. Throughout time, anyone who takes the Bible seriously has mined Moses’ character for guidance on spiritual, political, and communal leadership. But no other culture in human history could have produced a full shelf of books on the subject of Moses and leadership: Jewish books and Christian books, books for CEOs and varsity… Read More

Posted: June 14, 2017 by

Discovering Our History: My Internship with BZBI

Why intern? My name is Eva Litke. You may know me from seeing me around BZBI every week. You might know my parents, Suzanne Litke and Lisa Myers. Suzanne is currently the Chair of the Ritual Committee/on the Board of Directors, and Lisa used to sit on the School Committee as well as the Board… Read More

Posted: June 13, 2017 by

Lessons from Bereishit

Neziner Hebrew School Enrichment Project

I am excited to share with you the story of our school year in Enrichment. In the beginning of the school year we chose to interpret a story from the Torah through the medium of paper mache. First the children were introduced to the materials needed to create paper mache like newspaper, balloons, wires, glue,… Read More

Posted: June 6, 2017 by

Serving Citizens

Internal contradictions are a well-known challenge in reading Torah, but few problems show up as blatantly as in the opening verses of parashat Bemidbar. In the second verse, God instructs Moses, “Take a census of the whole Israelite community,”[1] while the immediate following verse focuses the census on Israelites “from the age of twenty years up,… Read More

Posted: May 30, 2017 by

Laying Hands on the Head of the Blasphemer: A Cautionary Tale of Immigrant Injustice

Parashat Emor 5777 / 13 May 2017

Shabbat Shalom. I want to thank our bat mitzvah this morning, Ella Ward for a wonderful d’var Torah that prepared us for the Torah reading, bringing our attention to the verse from Leviticus, Chapter 24 calling for an equal standard of justice for the Israelite and the stranger alike. Ella, your words were thoughtful and… Read More

Posted: May 16, 2017 by