When I first heard that you, an offensive guard for the New York Giants, are planning on playing against the Dallas Cowboys on a game unfortunately scheduled to begin after sunset on Sunday, Sept. 13, the first night of Rosh Hashana, I have to admit that I was a bit crestfallen.
This is Your Brain on Rabbi School: A Cartoon Collection
By Daniel Brenner
I really should have been paying more attention during rabbinical school. Instead, I was spinning ideas into wacky cartoons in my notebook. The cartoons here are the ones that I saved by cutting them out and putting them in a folder. When I got my first job in New York City (about twenty years ago!) I threw all my folders into a cardboard box and shoved it into the back of a closet. The move to Jersey led to the box being warehoused in our basement (picture that last scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.)
Now that my boys are off at college, and I have a dedicated office space, I have been able to unearth my old files. And now…cartoons for a small audience presents…This is Your Brain on Rabbi School.
Daniel S. Brenner was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, studied in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, and earned both an M.A. and rabbinic title from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
In 2011, Brenner left Birthright Israel to join the Jewish educational organization Moving Traditions. During the past five years, Brenner has built a national educational program for teen boys, entitled Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood, which aims to reverse the trend of young Jewish men disconnecting from the community following bar mitzvah. The program is now active in over a hundred Jewish communities.
For the last seventeen years I have been an active member and volunteer at Congregation B’nai Keshet in Montclair, NJ. I occasionally serve as a scholar-in-residence at other congregations, officiate at baby naming ceremonies, weddings or funerals, or serve in other rabbinic capacities. In the past, I have served as a community rabbi of String of Pearls Congregation, Princeton, NJ (2000-2007) and Mishkan Ha’Am, Westchester, NY (1998-2000); as a student rabbi: Congregation B’nai Abraham, Bordentown, NJ (1995-97); a volunteer prison chaplain: Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Eagles Point, PA (1997); a nursing home chaplain: Philadelphia Geriatric Center, Philadelphia, PA (1996); and an emergency room and intensive care chaplain: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1995.)