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Parshat Behar

05/23/2024 04:25:19 PM

May23

Rabbi Hearshen

I’m on a plane from DC to Atlanta while I’m writing this article. I was in DC for a conference for a relatively new organization called Zionist Rabbinic Coalition. I’ve attended many conferences in DC over the years including AIPAC, and never has one felt so urgent and so difficult. I chose to attend this year because this is a most important and urgent time for the American Jewish Community and for Israel. I was in DC when the UN stood...Read more...

Parshat Emor

05/16/2024 03:26:11 PM

May16

Rabbi Hearshen

People who know me well know I’m partial to symmetry. I like when things are in order and when they’re balanced. Some call this a bit annoying. I refer to it as something extra special. Many people who see the world as I do like to have a “B” to each “A.” They like to have everything in pairs just like I do. Our holidays come in pairs: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret, Hanukkah and Purim, Passover and...Read more...

May 9, 2024

05/09/2024 03:22:42 PM

May9

Rabbi Hearshen

“Is it worth it?” These four words are often spoken when dealing with something that is challenging. “Is it worth it…” to keep on eating healthy when we don’t see the progress in our health? “Is it worth it…” to fight with those we love when we know we will make up later on? “Is it worth it…” to put forth all of this effort when nobody will even notice what I have done? All of these questions of the inherent value in...Read more...

May 2, 2024

05/02/2024 12:02:28 PM

May2

Rabbi Hearshen

 

October 7, 2023 is a day that will live forever in the collective memories of the Jewish people and all people of conscience in the world. For those without a conscience, it will be a day like every other day, a day of nothing out of the ordinary. 90 years prior to October 7, 2023, an obscure thing happened that was buried in the newspapers of the days. Dr Albert Einstein boarded a ship in London to travel across the Atlantic...Read more...

April 18, 2024

04/18/2024 03:17:18 PM

Apr18

Rabbi Hearshen

Four cups of wine, four sons and the four questions. Those are three of the hallmarks of the סדר/Seder and they each hold a special place in our hearts and in our celebration of פסח/Passover. The four questions may very well be the most significant as they occupy the center of the holiday. The way we would say the “Four Questions” in Hebrew would be the ארבעה השאלות which literally translates into “The Four Questions”...Read more...

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