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Parashat Beshalach

01/13/2022 02:29:56 PM

Jan13

Rabbi Hearshen

Why did it take 40 years for us to get from Egypt to the Promised Land? Well, of course, it had to do with the gender of the leader and HIS inability to stop and ask for directions. This is the joke many of us have told and/or heard time and again from people as a commentary on the tendency of males to be unwilling to ask for directions. In all seriousness, I’m sure if you asked Carrie about me and this tendency,...Read more...

Parashat Bo

01/07/2022 03:22:47 PM

Jan7

Rabbi Hearshen

Happy secular new year to everyone. As Jews, we are always cognizant of the sanctity of time and so, while 2022 is not the Jewish new year, it’s special to see we have witnessed another milestone in the passage of time. Last week on Shabbat we read Parashat Va’era and learned of the first seven of the 10 plagues that were brought upon Egypt to help liberate us from our lives of slavery. This week, in Parashat Bo, we learn of the last...Read more...

December 23, 2021

12/23/2021 02:20:40 PM

Dec23

Rabbi Hearshen

One of the more ominous verses in the entire Torah is found in this week’s portion. ויקם מלך חדש על מצרים אשר לא ידע את יוסף/A new king arose over Egypt that did not know Joseph. This verse seems so mundane and ordinary but it actually represents an incredible change in the Torah. Up until this point, the Torah focused on the story of our origins internally. With this verse, we...Read more...

December 16, 2021

12/16/2021 01:52:47 PM

Dec16

Rabbi Hearshen

The world we are blessed to live in is a complicated and messy one filled with chaos. The world is not one that we control nor is it one that looks like the one we dream of. The reality is we are all forced to confront devastation on small and large levels. The darkness often comes from humankind and forces us to confront the societies we’ve built over the generations. This is the case in Oxford, Michigan where parents sent their children...Read more...

Parashat Vayigash

12/10/2021 12:15:48 PM

Dec10

Rabbi Hearshen

I love to read. A good book is such a great find. A book is something that must be read to the end. The author purposely chose to begin in a certain way and they chose to conclude in a specific way. The artistry behind an author’s work is usually all about “bookends.” The book opens with some sort of introduction and then the goal is to conclude in some way that answers all the conflicts and brings us back to...Read more...

Fri, January 21 2022 19 Shevat 5782