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August 4, 2022

08/04/2022 12:24:09 PM

Aug4

Rabbi Hearshen

This week we begin the fifth and final book of the Torah, Devarim or Deuteronomy. The book spends a great deal of time reflecting on the previous books while Moses prepares for his demise before the Israelites can cross over the Jordan River into the land of Israel (Canaan at the time). In fact, the book is comprised of a series of goodbye speeches Moses made. Each was intended to provoke certain actions and feelings in the future. As Moses...Read more...

Parshat Pinchas

07/22/2022 02:06:40 PM

Jul22

Rabbi Hearshen

It’s imperative that each of us struggle with the Torah. We each need to take notice of the items that make us squirm and feel uncomfortable. Ultimately, we need to simply accept that discomfort, and at other times we need to accept that this discomfort is something that pushes us to look at parts of the Torah in radically new ways. Take this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas. In order to better understand the opening words of the Torah...Read more...

Parshat Balak

07/15/2022 01:46:50 PM

Jul15

Rabbi Hearshen

We are back in Brookhaven after a month away at camp and ready to move full speed ahead. Camp was an incredible treat and wonderful experience. One might question the wisdom of taking “vacation” at a Jewish summer camp where one is employed. The days are very long, beginning at 7:00 am and often not finishing our work until 10:00 pm. There are times when I’m working past midnight.

Here’s why I pay little attention to such...Read more...

Parshat Korach

07/01/2022 09:56:59 AM

Jul1

Rabbi Hearshen

Click here to view Rabbi Hearshen's Shabbat message from Camp Ramah Darom.

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Parshat Shelah Lekha

06/24/2022 12:17:43 PM

Jun24

Rabbi Hearshen

Click here to view Rabbi Hearshen's Shabbat message from Camp Ramah Darom.

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