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Parashat Noach 5778   One can learn a lot about his surroundings from the graffiti he encounters. When I was living in Jerusalem as a rabbinical student, eagerly and earnestly learning to speak modern Hebrew, I remember walking down Emek Refayim one day and seeing the words...

Since August, communities across the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States have been confronted with several major natural disasters and communal tragedies. Each of these has brought loss of life and broken hearts. When challenges confront us, we as a community of faith and conscience also...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/fasting-meaning Kol Nidrei 5778 When I was seven or eight years old, my grandfather and I had a routine around Yom Kippur: He would take me to the Yom Kippur family service in the morning, and he would still make his standing mid-morning golf game. We both...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/grief-into-resilience Yom Kippur 5778 - Yizkor Rabbi Earl Grollman[1] wrote: Give voice to the anguish In your heart. Talk. Weep. Rage. You grieve deeply because you loved deeply. Grief is love not wanting to let go. Loss is hard. Earlier this week, when looking at the list of names included in the Book of Remembrance,...

Sermon delivered Yom Kippur morning, 5778. Naming the problem: For the Sin of Avoidance Later this morning, together in one voice- we will again recite the words of “Vidui”--- the liturgical centerpiece of Yom Kippur.  In a moment that is intensely personal while simultaneously communal, we will...

Rosh Hashanah Day II Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch I’d like to tell you a story about one of my Israeli staff members named Snir. For those of you that I haven’t met, I am the rabbi and one of the directors at the Reform Movement’s Eisner Camp...

There’s an educational philosophy called “Understanding by Design”. Flying in the face of the idea that the beginning is a very good place to start, the philosophy asks us instead, to start at the end. The framework of Understanding by Design asks us to consider where we...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/rosh-hashanah-5778-if-not-now-telll-me-when Rosh Hashanah Morning 5778 Delivered September 20, 2017 Hurricanes: we’ve been talking about them for the last several months. From Harvey and Irma, to Jose and now Maria, we have centered the focus of conversation on the effects of these natural disasters. After all, for many of...

On Monday, along with more than 3,000 other faith leaders, including more than 300 Reform rabbis and cantors, I marched for justice in Washington D.C. The air was thick with passion and excitement: with the power of our traditions and our holiest texts propelling us....

By Carol Noble Michele Krieg Bauer and I were two of the nine person Hevreh delegation to the Consultation on Conscience Conference sponsored by Religious Action Committee’s (RAC of the URJ). We arrived in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29, a day before the conference started....