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A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

09/03/2020 05:15:24 PM

Sep3

Rabbi Hearshen

How do we go about making the best of the situation? We are often told by others to find the silver lining or to make lemonade from lemons. This idea is sage advice but most often it is easier said than done. 5780 has turned out to be a pretty rotten year for the majority of our world. There has been angst and sadness partnered with a real threat to our safety. I am not thankful at all for this plague. There is no good side to it. There is...Read more...

A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

08/27/2020 05:15:23 PM

Aug27

Rabbi Hearshen

Tevye famously said “I know that we are the chosen people… but for once couldn’t You have chosen another people?” This sarcastic but heartfelt cry is something that many of us have felt in our own lives. There are so many times where we feel like the metaphorical camel waiting for that last straw that will break us. We often feel like one more burden is going to be just too much for us to endure. We cry out from that pain and darkness...Read more...

A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

08/20/2020 05:15:07 PM

Aug20

Rabbi Hearshen

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me… These famous words from the beginning of Simon and Garfunkel (in all seriousness I think the Bangles version is better) are very telling at times in our lives when we become reflective.  As we are wrapping up the year, right now it is time to look back on 5780 while looking forward to 5781. All of this is a long-winded way of saying that we are now in the month of Elul, the last...Read more...

A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

08/13/2020 05:15:05 PM

Aug13

Rabbi Hearshen

“See I set before you today a blessing and a curse.” Those are the opening words of this week’s Torah Portion: Re’eh. This basic opening implies a very important lesson. God has given us two ways of living in this world… a choice. We have the power in our hands to choose how we see the world and how we experience reality. All too often, we fall back on our animal instincts and choose to live without intention. We choose to live...Read more...

A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

08/06/2020 05:15:29 PM

Aug6

Rabbi Hearshen

Today, the day that I am writing these words, is the 15th of the month of Av. That means that we have 45 days until the holidays arrive. The holidays will arrive no matter what happens. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur cannot be moved to a more convenient time when we are not enduring such difficult times like right now. This is because the one constant that is always true is that the earth will rotate on its axis and it will circle around the...Read more...

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781