By Rabbi Rachel Maimin, Faculty I still remember it as if it were yesterday. It is the end of my first week at Kutz Camp. We have thoroughly cleaned our cabin, Hill 1. We have gotten ourselves ready for Shabbat – 20 girls sharing one bathroom, hair dryers and straightening irons fighting for outlet space. We step out of our cabin, waiting just outside. We hear the sound of music floating down the hill, guitars and the voices of songleaders, of counselors, and of fellow campers fill the air. Closer and closer the beautiful sound draws, until finally it […]
on August 7, 2015
By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Faculty Let’s talk minion. OK? Now the question is are we speaking Minion or Minyan? How do you say Hello in Minion? Bello. In Minyan? Shalom Goodbye: Minion Poopaye… Minyan: Shalom Of course we all know the Shema in Minyan, Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Ehad. In minionese it goes: Bebada Abam ta cep noor nos ta cep hana I guess you could say that although the words Minion and Minyan sound just the same, in many ways they are almost polar opposites: In Despicable Me the term Minion comes from the French word mignon, for […]
on July 29, 2015
By Rabbi Meredith Kahan, Faculty We at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati were so proud to send an amazing group of campers and counselors to GUCI this summer. Our crew included brand new campers and veterans of the program, young adults working as counselors, and even the Head Songleader and Director of Communications! It was an amazing summer for all our Rockdale GUCI-ites, especially for the other campers in the group – Rockdale’s rabbis! In addition to Rabbi Sissy Coran, our Senior Rabbi who is currently serving on faculty, I had the privilege of spending two weeks at GUCI with all […]
on July 28, 2015
By Mitch Polansky, Machon (First Year Counselor) According to Jewish tradition there are four different levels at which Torah can be studied. Peshat, the first level of understanding, means the surface or literal interpretation. Remez, the second level of understanding, means the hidden allegorical or symbolic meaning of the text. Derash, the third level of understanding means the moral teaching or rabbinic understanding of the text. The final and most elusive level, the Sod, represents the “secret” or mystical hidden essence of the text. These four levels together form the acronym PaRDeS, which means orchard, and from which we get the […]
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