Dr. Dvora Weisberg's Blessing to the Rabbinical Students Being Ordained at Abraham Geiger College

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dr. Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, attended the Ordination ceremony in Berlin on November 4, 2010.  Marx read Dr. Dvora Weisberg’s blessing to Abraham Geiger College in the presence of President Wulff, the President of Germany, members of the government, distinguished guests, and ordainees.  Dr. Weisberg, Director of the School of Rabbinical Studies and Associate Professor of Rabbinics, wrote, “Our Torah portion this week begins with the words, Eleh Toldot, ‘These are the generations.’  The rabbis who will be ordained today represent the latest link in a chain of tradition that reaches back to the rabbis of antiquity, to the great Jewish luminaries of medieval Europe and more recently to the innovators of the modern period, whose accomplishments over the past two hundred years we acknowledge at today’s ceremony.  At the same time, these new rabbis will be our link to the future, as they teach and serve and shape a new generation of Jews, as well as the broader community.  May they be blessed in their work and may they be a source of blessing to all whom they encounter.”

Please click here to read Dr. Weisberg's blessing. 

Please click here to read Rabbi David Ellenson’s message in the service booklet.


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