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Parshat Bamidbar

06/06/2024 01:58:07 PM


Adam Kofinas

This Shabbat, we’ll begin reading the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar which, depending on your translation of the Tanakh (bible), you'll see as "in the desert" or "in the wilderness". Our ancestors’ journey from the time they crossed the sea until they entered the land of Israel took 40 years. Yet according to Google maps, this journey, a walk from Cairo to Eilat, should only take 7 days.

The majority of the Bible is...

Parshat Behukotai

05/30/2024 05:00:51 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

Traditional theology has asserted that “everything happens for a reason” and that when we do bad, we’re punished and when we do good we’re rewarded. This idea isn’t unique to Judaism and the Jewish people. It’s something that different religious groups and their followers have clung to for centuries. Some of us find this idea to be comforting because it means there’s a rationale that the world operates in a way that’s neat and...Read more...

Parshat Behar

05/23/2024 04:25:19 PM


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


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


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...

Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784