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Purim 2022

03/18/2022 09:42:21 AM

Mar18

Rabbi Hearshen

Today we celebrate the incredible holiday of Purim. It’s a day of joy and merriment but its origin is one of darkness and fear. On Purim each year, we recall a time when a mad man tried to destroy our people. He did so out of deep anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Both of these forces are still real in the world today. While the words “Never Again” were not coined by Mordecai and Esther, I do think it’s fair to...Read more...

March 10, 2022

03/10/2022 04:27:23 PM

Mar10

Rabbi Hearshen

Pride is a really big problem. We certainly want our children to be proud. We want to be proud of our own accomplishments and all we’ve attained. But at the same time, it’s clear and easy to see that pride can be, and often is, a large problem. People end relationships because of wounded pride. People can’t sleep at night because of wounded pride. People allow their sense of self to dictate the ways they interact with the world and how...Read more...

March 3, 2022

03/04/2022 08:51:23 AM

Mar4

Rabbi Hearshen

The history of the Nazi Death Camps is not all that well known. We often assume, wrongfully, that the camps had been planned out from the beginning of the rise of the Nazis and that all of the victims were in them at one point or another. The reality is quite different. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they had resolved to murder the Jewish people and other minorities but they didn’t have a well thought out...Read more...

February 24, 2022

02/24/2022 12:03:31 PM

Feb24

Rabbi Hearshen

As I’m writing these words, I’m watching the news as a war is beginning in our world. A war with no justification but with the potential to quickly spiral out of control, and possibly drag more and more of our world into chaos and bloodshed. I had planned on writing a very different article for this week and now I’m writing one about war. I see Torah all around the world and right now I’m thinking of the Torah of Yoda from the Star...Read more...

Parshah Ki Tisa

02/18/2022 09:31:03 AM

Feb18

Rabbi Hearshen

There are many times where people mix up midrashim and stories from the Talmud with what’s in the actual TaNaKh, or in this case the Torah. When I ask people for their favorite story from the book of Genesis, they tell me the one about Abraham smashing the idols. That story is not in the book of Genesis but is in the midrash in Genesis Rabbah 38:13. Here’s the gist of the story. Abram’s (he would become Abraham later on) father was an...Read more...

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782