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March 23, 2023

03/23/2023 04:45:54 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

The Haggadah instructs us בכל דור ודור חייב אדם לראות את עצמו כאלו הוא יצא מן מצרים/in each and every generation a person is obligated to see themselves as having gone out of Egypt. This declarative statement is a way of demonstrating the enormous obligation each of us has on Passover. We have to not merely read about the Exodus, we have to put ourselves in the narrative and live the Exodus. Doing...Read more...

March 16, 2023

03/16/2023 04:29:51 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

We are approaching the incredible holiday of Passover. It’s a seven-day festival in the Torah and in Israel. In the Diaspora, we observe it as an eight-day festival. It’s identified by three descriptive nicknames: חג האביב (the Spring Festival), חג המצות (the Festival of Matzah) and חג החירות (the Festival of Freedom). Each of these names demonstrates the various faces and meanings of this classic and beautiful...Read more...

Parshat Ki Tissa

03/09/2023 11:19:18 AM


Hilary Druckman

Who we are today is intrinsically linked to the actions we take, decisions we make, and experiences of all the days leading up to now. In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Ki Tissa, Aaron and the Israelites make a decision that has an everlasting impact on the Jewish people. Moses is still on Mount Sinai, and the Jewish people are anxiously waiting for his return. They begin to lose faith, and decide to create a new god for themselves - a...Read more...

Purim - Book of Esther

03/02/2023 03:43:08 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

One folly of the human condition is that all too often, we fail to see our real power. Many times we look at a situation and falsely believe we’re weak, or worse, powerless. To assert we have no power over the world around us is a sad way to see the world. It’s sad to imagine we don’t have the ability to impact what’s all around us. Each and every one of us has a role and part to play in the narrative of life. Each and every one of us...Read more...

Parshat Terumah

02/23/2023 04:50:48 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

As we have begun the month of Adar, it’s time to turn our attention to the wonderful holiday of Purim. Each year we gather to celebrate our continued survival in spite of the hate thrown our way. Each year we gather to recognize we are the only ancient people still around in the western world because of something that burns within us. There are four unique mitzvot to the holiday of Purim:

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