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A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

07/30/2020 03:48:15 PM

Jul30

Rabbi Joshua Hearshen

Dear Friends,

This week we read Parshat VaEtchanan. It is a very important portion in the Torah as it contains the words of the Shema and the first paragraph called the V’Ahavta. It also contains the words of the Eseret HaDibrot, the Ten Commandments. I am always careful to not use the colloquial terminology of the “Ten Commandments” because as Jews we do not have 10. We have 613 mitzvot in the Torah of which theoretically ten...Read more...

A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

07/23/2020 12:03:08 PM

Jul23

The question is asked in the Talmud (Yoma 9b) as to why were the two temples destroyed in Jerusalem. What is intriguing about this question is that we know the answer. The Babylonians and the Romans waged a war against our people and demolished our central rallying place… our Temple. It is so simple to see that an enemy orchestrated this great disaster and yet why did the rabbis choose to ask such a question? The answer is that we must...Read more...

A D'Var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

07/20/2020 12:11:05 PM

Jul20

We are in the midst of the “three weeks.” These are designated each year as a time of mourning and grieving the tragedies that have befallen our people through our rich history. While we mourn and grieve all of these individual tragedies, the...Read more...

A D'var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

07/20/2020 12:08:34 PM

Jul20

Rabbi Joshua Hearshen

Today is the beginning of the three-week period from the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of Av. Each year the Jewish people observe these weeks as a time of mourning and reflecting. We mourn something that we as a people have never seen or experienced. No Jewish person alive today has ever been to the Temple in Jerusalem. They have never participated in the sacrificial system and they...Read more...

D'var Torah from Rabbi Josh Hearshen

07/02/2020 09:37:07 AM

Jul2

Rabbi Joshua Hearshen

Shalom. Please allow me to begin by saying two simple words: thank you. Thank you for putting your faith and trust in me and allowing me the opportunity to serve this incredible community. Thank you for your continuing commitment to our community, heritage and people. Thank you for all that you have been doing every day to help our world heal. Thank you for all that you have been doing to stay connected with each other. Thank you for your...Read more...

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