About Jordie Gerson

Jordana Gerson is a fourth-year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York City. Four years ago, she received a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. Her writing has appeared in Lilith, Boston Magazine, Delicious Living!, The Boulder Weekly, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, where her work appears periodically. 

The JewBu’s Guide to Eat Pray Love

By March 24, 2008

If not for the Dalai Lama, I wouldn’t be in rabbinical school. And if not for a decade-long affair with Buddhism, I wouldn’t be a Rabbi-in-training, and certainly not a practicing Jew. So I understand where Elizabeth Gilbert is coming … Read More

Like a Virgin: Health

By September 11, 2007

I used to make the same New Year’s resolutions every year: 1. Do yoga (I’m a runner) 2. Eat more vegetables (I’m a carnivore) 3. Take a daily multi-vitamin (See #2) 4. Eat less cheese (I’m lactose intolerant) 5. Be … Read More

Rabbinical School Is Ruining My Love Life

By July 30, 2007

Rabbi Eliezer says, "Whoever teaches his daughter Torah teaches her lasciviousness.”—BT Sotah 20a “So,” he says in a low, soft voice, leaning across the table. “Tell me, what does Judaism say about sex?” “Be fruitful and multiply,” I say flatly, … Read More

Rabbinical School Confidential: “New Year Resolutions”

By September 27, 2006

"The rabbi owes to his people not only his industry but his judgment, and he betrays instead of serves them if he sacrifices it to their opinion; a rabbi who asks only whether a thing is popular or unpopular instead … Read More

Rabbinical School Confidential: Jordie Gerson

By September 1, 2006

If HUC had a yearbook, I’d be voted “Least likely to end up in a pluralistic environment.” And by pluralistic I mean: “Anything not Reform. Or Reconstructionist-lite.” So last week, in a staff meeting with Yehuda, Yoni and Yonah, I … Read More