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Parashat Lech Lecha

10/14/2021 04:56:43 PM

Oct14

Rabbi Hearshen

In this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, God made a sacred promise to Abram: that his descendants would be as numerous as the dust of the earth. The language is funky because why would one want to be compared to the dust of the earth? Abram birthed three great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If we look at this promise from God to Abram through this lens, it seems fulfilled. But, I don’t think that’s the lens any of us read...Read more...

Parashat Bereshit

10/01/2021 01:11:28 PM

Oct1

Rabbi Hearshen

With the close of the holidays, we are now ready to head full speed ahead into the new year here at OVS. I want to take a moment and thank everyone who worked so hard over the holidays to help us make these meaningful experiences for our community. Allow me to begin by thanking Adam Kofinas. Adam is one of the hardest working Executive Directors that I know, and his deep love of our community shines through all of...Read more...

Parashat Vayelech

09/09/2021 05:22:14 PM

Sep9

Rabbi Hearshen

I’d like to begin by again wishing everybody a Happy New Year. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to spend Rosh Hashana with all of you either in person or online. This Shabbat marks a very important and sad day for the United States of America. It marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. All of us remember where we were on that fateful day. All of us remember how we first heard the news, saw the images and experienced the fear that was...Read more...

Parashat Nitzavim

09/02/2021 02:55:54 PM

Sep2

Rabbi Hearshen

It has been a rough week in our country. The resurgence of COVID-19 with the Delta variant felt like too much to endure.  Were it only COVID that we were dealing with, it would have been enough to break our hearts. But it isn’t only COVID. 13 US armed forces members were murdered at the end of last week in a terror attack. More than 150 Afghan civilians were murdered in that same vicious attack. If that were...Read more...

Parashat Shoftim

08/12/2021 11:43:35 AM

Aug12

Rabbi Hearshen

This week, Ayelet and I were waiting in a two-hour line for her back to school COVID test. Testing has become a ritual of our times. As we prepare for anything out of the routine, we run to get tested to verify our ability to participate with others. I was listening to a podcast while we were in line. It’s a new one for me called “Good Faith Effort.” It’s from the Joshua Network, and so far, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve been...Read more...

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782