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05/04/2022 04:28:51 PM

May4

Rabbi Hearshen

עוד לא אבדה תקותינו. We have still not lost our hope. These are some of the most essential and central words of התקוה, the Israeli national anthem. These words encapsulate the sentiment of thousands of years of our people. Thousands of years of praying while facing Jerusalem. Thousands of years of sitting near the eastern wall. Thousands of years of ending our Passover Seders with the words לשנה הבאה...Read more...

Parshat Acharei Mot

04/28/2022 04:21:02 PM

Apr28

Rabbi Hearshen

Why do we spend a day each year to grieve and remember the atrocities of WWII and the Holocaust? As the years have progressed, and fewer and fewer people who were connected to the war and genocide are still with us, we find the great need to keep it alive. Yom HaShoah, which began last night and concludes tonight, is not only about the victims but about the survivors as well. Our story didn’t end in the gas chambers of the six death camps....Read more...

April 8, 2022

04/08/2022 12:18:51 PM

Apr8

Rabbi Hearshen

There’s a very humorous story in Rabbi Richard J Israel’s book The Kosher Pig about his time flying for work. He explained that he was a regular on a certain flight, and every week they would bring him his meal, which he couldn’t eat because it wasn’t kosher. Each week the different flight attendants would bring him food and he’d need to explain all over again why he couldn’t eat the food. Finally, one morning a very excited...Read more...

March 31, 2022

03/31/2022 03:40:58 PM

Mar31

Rabbi Hearshen

11… 11... 11… That is the number of souls robbed from our earth in under one week by fanatical terrorists. 11 souls that will never be able to be present for their families and friends. 11 souls that will miss anniversaries and birthdays, now and forever. 11 souls were murdered in cold blood for no other reason than they were living in the land of Israel. 11 souls were destroyed because of hatred and an...Read more...

Parshah Shemini

03/24/2022 04:33:08 PM

Mar24

Rabbi Hearshen

There are many parts of the Torah that are rough and difficult. There are many times where the reader is forced to question how something could be written in such a fashion. A great example of this is the story of the Rape of Dina. The lack of caring shown by her father, Jacob, and the violence that occurred, were both so disillusioning and yet there they are in our holy text. It’s clear to me that struggling with text isn’t a sign of...Read more...

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