But What Does It Cost? The Dynamics of Free Jewish Programming

But What Does It Cost? The Dynamics of Free Jewish Programming
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When we take part in a program that is billed as free, we generally expect little of the quality and equally that there's some kind of hidden cost. But would that be the case of a gift? Rabbi Ari Weiss expl... See more

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How Birthright Was Born Against All Odds

By Charles Bronfman The view from Michael Steinhardt's office in New York City shoots straight up Fifth Avenue, cutting along the east side of Central Park, with the gracious tower of the Sherry-Netherland on the right and the top of the Crown Building on the left.

Publications - The Gift - Lewis Hyde

"This long-awaited new edition of Lewis Hyde's groundbreaking and influential study of creativity is a cause for across-the-board celebration." -Geoff Dyer

Teaching the Poetry of Prayer

Teaching the Poetry of Prayer
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We've taught our children how to pray--we've taught them fluency, we’ve taught them Hebrew literacy, we’ve taught them how to navigate the siddur. But Hillel Broder worries that this is not ... See more

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Turning Tefilah Up a Notch: Increasing Student Engagement in Prayer

The Siddur is the most frequently-visited text in the Jewish day school. Students spend somewhere around 40-50 minutes (at the very least!), between shacharit and mincha, revisiting the same prayers over the course of every school day. And over the course of our students' lives, the Siddur wil

The Yeshiva Poetry Society: A Pedagogical Model for Jewish Slam Poetry

In 2013, a YouTube video of a young man in a yarmulke performing slam poetry went viral, clocking close to 400,000 views within a month. It opens, "There's someone I know who's slow to commend and quick to condescend."

The Woman Who Has It All: Eishet Chayil in Today's World

The Woman Who Has It All: Eishet Chayil in Today
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Gulienne Rollins-Rishon--mother, wife, and writer--looks at the demands of our lives as women and the expectations of our tradition. Who is the "Eishet Chayil" (Woman of Valor) exactly?

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How To Read Eshet Hayil | My Jewish Learning

I cannot remember exactly when my family began singing Eshet Hayil at the Friday night table. I do know that it was we, the kids, who brought this custom into the house.

Why Women Still Can't Have It All

It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change.

The Woman Who Has It All: Eishet Chayil in Today's World

The Woman Who Has It All: Eishet Chayil in Today
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Gulienne Rollins-Rishon--mother, wife, and writer--looks at the demands of our lives as women and the expectations of our tradition. Who is the "Eishet Chayil" (Woman of Valor) exactly?

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How To Read Eshet Hayil | My Jewish Learning

I cannot remember exactly when my family began singing Eshet Hayil at the Friday night table. I do know that it was we, the kids, who brought this custom into the house.

Why Women Still Can't Have It All

It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change.

Gulienne  Rollins-Rishon, 

CEO/Founder | HypheNation

Gulienne Rollins-Rishon is a workaholic stay-at-home mom with an adorable toddler, pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work, and creating a holistic co-working space that encompasses childcare, professional development, and Jewish spirituality. In her spare time, she talks to others about the impacts of socio-racial identity on personal development and bringing fragmented parts of self together to create a unified whole.

But What Does It Cost? The Dynamics of Free Jewish Programming

But What Does It Cost? The Dynamics of Free Jewish Programming
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Rabbi Ari Weiss

Executive Director | Cornell Hillel

When we take part in a program that is billed as free, we generally expect little of the quality and equally that there's some kind of hidden cost. But would that be the case of a gift? Rabbi Ari Weiss expl... See more

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How Birthright Was Born Against All Odds

By Charles Bronfman The view from Michael Steinhardt's office in New York City shoots straight up Fifth Avenue, cutting along the east side of Central Park, with the gracious tower of the Sherry-Netherland on the right and the top of the Crown Building on the left.

Publications - The Gift - Lewis Hyde

"This long-awaited new edition of Lewis Hyde's groundbreaking and influential study of creativity is a cause for across-the-board celebration." -Geoff Dyer

Rabbi Ari  Weiss, 

Executive Director | Cornell Hillel

Rabbi Ari Weiss is currently the Executive Director of Cornell Hillel.  Ari recently served as the Interim Managing Director and Senior Director of Jewish Education at NEXT: A Division of the Birthright Israel Foundation.  Prior to joining NEXT, Ari was the Executive Director of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice organization.  Ari is a Joshua Venture Fellow; in 2012, The Jewish Week selected him as one of “36 under 36” young Jewish visionaries who are re-imagining Jewish life.
 
Ari received his B.A. from Yeshiva College where he studied Philosophy and Religion. He studied Advanced Talmud at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Beit Morasha of Jerusalem.
 
Ari is married to Dr. Sara Kranzler.  They are proud parents of their son Adir.

Teaching the Poetry of Prayer

Teaching the Poetry of Prayer
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Hillel Broder

Faculty | SAR High School

We've taught our children how to pray--we've taught them fluency, we’ve taught them Hebrew literacy, we’ve taught them how to navigate the siddur. But Hillel Broder worries that this is not ... See more

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Turning Tefilah Up a Notch: Increasing Student Engagement in Prayer

The Siddur is the most frequently-visited text in the Jewish day school. Students spend somewhere around 40-50 minutes (at the very least!), between shacharit and mincha, revisiting the same prayers over the course of every school day. And over the course of our students' lives, the Siddur wil

The Yeshiva Poetry Society: A Pedagogical Model for Jewish Slam Poetry

In 2013, a YouTube video of a young man in a yarmulke performing slam poetry went viral, clocking close to 400,000 views within a month. It opens, "There's someone I know who's slow to commend and quick to condescend."

Hillel  Broder, 

Faculty | SAR High School

Hillel Broder is a high school teacher of English and Judaics at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. Before SAR, he taught in various secondary and post-secondary settings, including Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Fordham University.  He has published scholarly articles on modernist aesthetics, experiments in narrative and memory, and modernist and contemporary literature; he has published original poetry in various print and online journals; and he has written articles on and taught prayer education in a variety of settings. He holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center, an MA and MPhil from CUNY, and a BA from Yeshiva University, all in English. Currently, he is pursuing rabbinic ordination. At SAR, he is a proud co-founder of the Yeshiva Poetry Society and coach of the performance poetry team. Besides for his teaching responsibilities, he leads a meditation tefila and serves as the freshman grade-level coordinator.

Learning from the Repentant: Turning Harm into Salvation

Learning from the Repentant: Turning Harm into Salvation
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Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T'shuvah in Los Angeles looks at how his experience of addiction, prison, and the daily t'shuvah that has been part of his and thousands of other people in recovery can teach... See more

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Teshuvah, or Repentance | My Jewish Learning

Excerpted with permission from The Jewish Religion: A Companion, published by Oxford University Press. The usual word for sin, averah, isfrom the root avar, "to pass over," hence "transgression," overriding God's will, The usual word for repentance is teshuvah, meaning "turning"- that is, from sin to God.

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A Portrait of a Holy Thief: The Story of Rabbi Mark Borovitz

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Matching Our Insides with Our Outsides: Lessons in Jewish Nonprofit Management

Matching Our Insides with Our Outsides: Lessons in Jewish Nonprofit Management
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Are Jewish organizations great places to work? "No," says a Leading Edge survey. But maybe the Rabbis of the Talmud can help us change that.Gali Cooks, Executive Director of Leading Edge, explores how... See more

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Theory X and Theory Y - Wikipedia

Theory X and Theory Y are theories of human motivation and management. They were created and developed by Douglas McGregor at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the 1960s. These theories describe two contrasting models of workforce motivation applied by managers in human resource management, organizational behavior, organizational communication and organizational development.

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business. By Danny Meyer - Books - Review

Meyer grew up in St. Louis, the well-traveled child of Eurocentric parents from prominent Midwestern families. At 27, with less than a year of restaurant work under his belt, he opened the Union Square Cafe in a yet-to-be-up-and-coming quarter of Lower Manhattan.

How BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Is Building A 100-Year Media Company

Ask BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti about his influences, and his answer sounds like, well, a BuzzFeed post-one titled "The Three Historical References That Explain BuzzFeed Will Make You Say WTF." Peretti first points to a company that started more than 100 years ago, Paramount Pictures, which owned a film production studio, its own cast of talent, and its own distribution channel in the form of theaters.

Come and Listen: Hearing Beyond the Echo

Come and Listen: Hearing Beyond the Echo
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Judaism offers us unique ways to both listen openly and without judgment on the one hand and critically on the other. Philosophy Professor Sam Fleischacker thinks both of these ways--and the tension that exists... See more

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Making Sense of the Revelation at Sinai - Revisiting Maimonides' Account of Revelation - TheTorah.com

Did Moses take dictation? How can we vouch for his prophecy today? In what way is the Torah a product of divine origin? These are some of the questions Prof. Sam Fleischacker addresses in this essay about revelation, empowering us to stand--once again--with Moses on Sinai.

Revelation and Authority: A Symposium - TheTorah.com

Does it make any sense to be shomer mitzvot if you accept the basic propositions of biblical criticism? Is it hypocritical to say "amen" to the blessing before the Torah reading if you don't believe that God or Moses wrote the words that are then chanted out loud?

Hearing God's Voice: Two Models for Accepting The Torah - TheTorah.com

Accepting the Torah-- We would like clear evidence that the Torah is God's word - if God has spoken to us, we would like to know that God has spoken. But mature, reflective religious belief needs to be based on the recognition that we cannot have such evidence.

Come and Listen: Hearing Beyond the Echo

Come and Listen: Hearing Beyond the Echo
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Sam Fleischacker

Professor | University of Illinois at Chicago

Judaism offers us unique ways to both listen openly and without judgment on the one hand and critically on the other. Philosophy Professor Sam Fleischacker thinks both of these ways--and the tension that exists... See more

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Making Sense of the Revelation at Sinai - Revisiting Maimonides' Account of Revelation - TheTorah.com

Did Moses take dictation? How can we vouch for his prophecy today? In what way is the Torah a product of divine origin? These are some of the questions Prof. Sam Fleischacker addresses in this essay about revelation, empowering us to stand--once again--with Moses on Sinai.

Revelation and Authority: A Symposium - TheTorah.com

Does it make any sense to be shomer mitzvot if you accept the basic propositions of biblical criticism? Is it hypocritical to say "amen" to the blessing before the Torah reading if you don't believe that God or Moses wrote the words that are then chanted out loud?

Hearing God's Voice: Two Models for Accepting The Torah - TheTorah.com

Accepting the Torah-- We would like clear evidence that the Torah is God's word - if God has spoken to us, we would like to know that God has spoken. But mature, reflective religious belief needs to be based on the recognition that we cannot have such evidence.

Sam  Fleischacker, 

Professor | University of Illinois at Chicago

Sam Fleischacker is LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), Director of Jewish Studies there, and founder of UIC’s Jewish-Muslim Initiative.  He works on moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of eight books, including The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015) and Divine Teaching and the Way of the World, (Oxford, 2011), both of which deal with the importance of revelation to our ethical lives, and the editor of two collections of papers, including Heidegger’s Jewish Followers (Duquesne, 2008).  He has also written on revelation for the Torah.com (“Hearing God’s Voice” and “Making Sense of Revelation”) and for The Book of Doctrines and Opinions (“Words of a Living God”).  In addition to his university teaching, he lectures and teaches widely at synagogues.  In 2016-17, he is a Berggruen Fellow at New York University, where he is working, among other things, on a collection of short pieces on the Shema.