Month: July 2017

Encounters with God and the Other in Sacred Service

As a TJF fellow during the summer of 2016, I helped Hillel at Miami University prepare for its yearly open house, held during the university’s Alumni Weekend. Instead of creating programs, I tried to foster relationships and empower alumni to reconnect with their time as Jewish students at Miami University. Hillel staff and I displayed newspapers that featured Jewish life…

Growing into the Role of Rabbi

In reflecting on this summer, I came upon Sanhedrin 5a, where the rabbis question the authority of a person’s judgment. The gemara mentions a situation where Mar Zutra made a bad verdict on a case where he might not have had proper authority. His poor judgment could have resulted in one party being unjustly damaged. He appears before Rabbi Joseph,…