Thank you to everyone who has sent me mazel tovs and well wishes on my ordination as a Rabbi from the Jewish Theological Seminary last week. I wanted to use this post to share a little bit about the ordination, as well as some pictures, with all of you who have been so warm and welcoming to me and Alana during the final year of my studies. It is an undeniable thrill to be able to serve this community, along with Niles, as a Rabbi.
The ordination was a very moving and powerful event and concluded with overwhelming recognition from our friends, family and teachers. Indeed, the ceremony concluded with the reading of each of our names in Hebrew with the addition of the word "HaRav" (the Rabbi) at the beginning of it.
So, whereas my name was:
Hillel (my Hebrew name) ben (son of) Shmuel Leib (my dad) u'Menucha (and, my mom)
It is now -
HaRav Hillel ben Shmuel Leib u'Menucha - and this will be my name the next time I'm called up to the Torah. (Hint Hint for our Shavuot Event)
Here are a couple of pictures of me and Rabbi Neil Gillman during the Tallit ceremony in which each student had a special prayer given to them by their spiritual mentor.
Here are some other pics:
Thank you again to the New Shul community for all of your support and encouragement.
- Rabbi Dan