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Yom Ha'Atzmaut

04/15/2021 03:19:55 PM

Apr15

Rabbi Hearshen

עוד לא אבדה תקותנו, we have not lost our hope. The Israeli national anthem is by far one of the most meaningful and beautiful national anthems in the world. It tells the Jewish national story in eight short lines. To sum it all up, we are the people of תקוה… hope. When we look over the course of Jewish history… the Jewish story… we find that the singular thing that kept us together and committed was the singular focus...Read more...

Yom Hashoah

04/08/2021 04:43:02 PM

Apr8

Rabbi Hearshen

Jewish humor has always been a dark and sarcastic brand of humor. Only a Jewish audience could truly appreciate the humor behind Mel Brooks: The Producers or the ending of History of the World Part 1 “Hitler on ice,” joke.  We are excellent at self-deprecation and at extreme honesty. One famous joke is the “summary” of all Jewish holidays… They came to kill us… they failed… let’s eat. This joke is obnoxious and ignores...Read more...

Parashat Tzav

03/25/2021 04:02:00 PM

Mar25

Rabbi Hearshen

The time has arrived. Passover is no longer “coming up…”. It begins this weekend. Tomorrow will be the time to burn all of our chametz. As we watch our remaining chametz burn in the fire, think about all that you are letting go of. Think of all of the anger and the hurt that you’re enslaved to and place that in the fire side by side with your chametz. We hold onto so much hurt in our world. We hold onto so much negativity and anger....Read more...

Parashat Vayikra

03/18/2021 04:57:58 PM

Mar18

Rabbi Hearshen

What is חמץ/Chametz?  It is anything made from certain grains that have risen. The definition becomes more expansive when we include the different cooking equipment and dinnerware used with those items. But at the core, Chametz is the stuff that we as Jews are forbidden to eat during the holiday of Passover. The prohibition is not only about eating. Rather it’s all about deriving benefit from it and from owning it. In fact, we are...Read more...

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

03/11/2021 04:58:19 PM

Mar11

Rabbi Hearshen

When going through the Hagaddah each year, we tend to develop our own traditions and rituals that become sacred to us. One place that often becomes ritualized is the handling of the four sons. Many times, people will draw attention to the sons and chose a different person at the table to represent each one of them. People will laugh and make light of who is chosen to be “wicked” and who is chosen to be...Read more...

Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyyar 5781