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February 15, 2024

02/15/2024 12:41:02 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

I’m struggling to write this article. I know this isn’t the greatest introduction you’ve ever read, but please stay with me here. Since October 7th I’ve written every article about the war in Israel. I’ve purposely spoken about Israel on every Friday night and every Saturday morning. I’ve done this because rabbis must be relevant when they write and speak. I cannot think of anything that’s more relevant to our lives right now...Read more...

Parshat Mishpatim

02/08/2024 03:54:59 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

Some of the most iconic and meaningful words in Jewish history and philosophy are found in this week’s portion, משפטים/Mishpatim: נעשה ונשמע/We will do and we will hear/understand. In order to better understand these words, allow me a moment of Hebrew education. As I’ve said in the past, the Hebrew language is based on a system of roots called שרשים and those roots are typically three letters. For our purposes, we need...Read more...

Parshat B'Shalach

01/25/2024 02:52:59 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

And similarly, Rabbi Yoḥanan said: What is the meaning of that which is written: “And the one came not near the other all the night” (Exodus 14:20)? The ministering angels wanted to sing their song, for the angels would sing songs to each other, as it states: “And they called out to each other and said” (Isaiah 6:3), but the Holy One, Blessed be He, said: The work of My hands, the Egyptians, are drowning at sea, and you wish to say...Read more...

January 18, 2024

01/19/2024 08:57:29 AM


Rabbi Hearshen

Rashi was an 11th century Rabbi who is probably the greatest commentator to ever exist in our people. His commentary to the Torah and the Talmud is so indispensable that when the first Hebrew Bibles were published to the masses, following the invention of the printing press, they created a special font just for him so his comments wouldn’t be mistaken for the printed text of the Bible. That script is now referred...Read more...

Parshat Vaera

01/11/2024 11:49:39 AM


Rabbi Hearshen

וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה כֵּן אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא שָׁמְעוּ אֶל־מֹשֶׁה מִקֹּצֶר רוּחַ וּמֵעֲבֹדָה קָשָׁה / But when Moses told this to the Israelites, they would not listen to Moses, their spirits crushed by cruel bondage. (Exodus 6:9) These words from near the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, VaEra, discuss a phenomenon many of us can relate...Read more...

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