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Parashat Ki Tissa

03/04/2021 03:04:44 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

As Purim is now safely in the rearview mirror, we turn our attention to the next holiday, Passover. As this is my first year at OVS, you are not familiar with just how fanatical I get when it comes to Passover. Simply put, it is my favorite holiday and one that I feel we all need to pull out all the stops to go over the top in celebrating. Passover is a great holiday for so many reasons I won’t get into in this short article. It’s also a...Read more...

Parashat Tetzaveh

02/25/2021 03:04:32 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

On Purim each year, we choose to put on disguises and wear masks for the day. The origins of the costumes we wear stem from the fact that Esther concealed her true identity when she became Esther and married the King of Persia. It is for that reason that one of our means of celebrating the holiday each year is through the act of concealing ourselves and taking on different personas. Each year we “mask” ourselves and become someone else....Read more...

Parashat Terumah

02/18/2021 04:41:15 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt — how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear. Therefore, when the LORD your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not...Read more...

Parashat Mishpatim

02/12/2021 10:07:27 AM


Rabbi Hearshen

This week we begin the month of Adar. The month of Adar is a special month for the Jewish people because it’s the month that we celebrate the holiday of Purim. The dictum from our tradition is that when Adar begins, we are commanded to increase our joy to demonstrate how wonderful this month, and the celebration of this holiday, are for the Jewish people. 

Purim is the holiday found in the short Book of Esther, which is one of...Read more...

Parashat Yitro

02/04/2021 05:00:00 PM


Rabbi Hearshen

Parshat Yitro is packed with some of the most profound words ever uttered and ever transmitted. Those words are considered to be at the core of western society. What the non-Jewish world refers to as the Ten Commandments, the Jewish world refers to as the עשרת הדברות/Eseret HaDibrot/The Ten Statements. This is important to point out because in our division of the ten, we have a statement of faith and nine commandments. Much can be...Read more...

Mon, April 19 2021 7 Iyyar 5781