Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman

Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman

Inside Leadership
Pink piggy bank sitting atop piles of money

There are three lessons every student rabbi should be taught:

Be careful not to catch your heels on the hem of your robe as you stand up after bowing to the ground for the Grand Aleynu on Yom Kippur. Don’t pay extra to take all the recommended books for your first year in Jerusalem at HUC-JIR. They will be in the library there and easily accessible. Learn how to read and understand a budget.

I never learned these three lessons when I was in rabbinical school more than 20 years ago. I wish I had.

While I can be more cautious as I stand up from the Grand Aleynu, and while I...

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