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Olympic Games

07/29/2021 02:01:51 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

In Ancient Greece, where the Olympic games originated, there was a rule called the Olympic Truce. There was a need to protect spectators and athletes alike and thus, each time there was a competition, it was recognized that all battles were suspended. This concept seems so impossible because conflict is about not working together… it’s about a total abdication of all rules… conflict is all about the world being chaotic.

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Parashat Va-Etchanan

07/23/2021 09:19:57 AM


Rabbi Hearshen

I’ve been back in the office for over a week now and I’m still processing my experience from the past month at Camp Ramah Darom. Numerous studies have been conducted over the years to determine what communities can do to ensure our children have a positive connection to their Judaism. Each time those studies point to three things: Jewish youth groups, Israel trips and Jewish summer camp. All three of these have...Read more...

Tisha B'Av

07/15/2021 04:19:37 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

Each year as Jews, we spend three weeks grieving something that none of us have ever seen, touched, heard or experienced. Each year during this time, we don’t hold weddings and we don’t shave. The last nine days of the three weeks are much more intense when we don’t eat meat and we abstain from anything that’s risky. It’s odd that we grieve so intensely for the Temple in Jerusalem. It’s odd that we mourn this thing that has never...Read more...

Parashat Korah

06/10/2021 03:39:20 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

כָּל מַחֲלֹקֶת שֶׁהִיא לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, סוֹפָהּ לְהִתְקַיֵּם. וְשֶׁאֵינָהּ לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, אֵין סוֹפָהּ לְהִתְקַיֵּם. אֵיזוֹ הִיא מַחֲלֹקֶת שֶׁהִיא לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, זוֹ מַחֲלֹקֶת הִלֵּל וְשַׁמַּאי....Read more...

Parashat Sh'lacha

06/03/2021 03:08:55 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

In the State of Israel, the role of head of state is independent from the head of government. The head of the state is the president and the head of the government is the prime minister. It’s the Israeli version of the British parliamentary democracy. They have no “royal family” so the head of the state is a position that’s elected by the government term by term. This week, the Knesset elected the son of a former president for...Read more...

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