This summer at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, I had the great privilege to teach a course called "Hamiltorah" ("חידושי הלמ''מ") -- passages from the Torah and rabbinic literature that illustrate themes from the remarkable musical "Hamilton." You can find the source sheets at http://bit.ly/hamiltorah . I created this class together with my friend and co-teacher and great Hamilton fan Hope Levav. Topics (in Hamilton, and in this curriculum) include the qualities of a leader, leadership transitions, conflict resolution, responses to disaster, sibling rivalry, and planning for the future.
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The Judaism Balancing Act adapted from Rabbi Scheinberg’s comments on the 2nd day of Rosh HaShanah 2015 A little more than 50 years ago, some American theater producers were trying to create a new play about about the Jewish experience in Eastern Europe. This play - hopefully to be Broadway-bound - was to be based on the short stories of the Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem, and it was to be a musical. It was felt, though, that the original name of the story series - ‘Tevye the Dairyman’ - would not capture the attention of american audiences in the 1960s. Just a few weeks before rehearsals were supposed to begin, they still hadn’t figured out the title. They generated a long list of potential names, including “A Village Story,” “Make a Circle,” “Once There Was a Town”:“To Light a Candle,” “Three Brides and a Man,” “Homemade Wine,” “Not So Long Ago”. The playwright, Joseph Stein, thought that they should choose “Where Poppa Came From.” But the show’s producer, Hal Princ
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As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, I am posting my remarks to my community in Hoboken NJ on Rosh HaShanah 2001, exactly one week after the attacks. יהי זכרם ברוך - may the memories of those who were murdered on that day always be for a blessing. ============================================================= The High Holiday services are among the most important opportunities for any rabbi to share a vision and a message and words of inspiration with the Jewish community. As soon as one High Holiday season begins, I start thinking about what topics I’ll want to address the following year. And whereas I am often the kind of person who works down to the wire, this year I was concerned because, as many of you may know, my wife is pregnant, and her due date is on the 2nd day of Rosh HaShanah. So I was faced with - what I thought at the time was - a real crisis - that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to be present for Rosh HaShanah services if she delivered