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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...

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....

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Parashat Bamidbar 5777 Delivered as a part of Shabbat evening services, Friday, May 26, 2017. https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/parashat-bamidbar-5777-the-great-circle-game “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose,” writes Kohelet, or more familiar to many, so sang the Byrds. Here we are, Memorial Day weekend: that time when Spring...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/religious-round-table-seinfeldia In this episode, Rabbi Hirsch talks with Jennifer Armstrong, author of the hit new book Seinfeldia. Armstrong will be one of several authors presenting at Hevreh's first annual Festival of Jewish Books, happening this summer from July 20-23. The Religious Round Table airs every week on WSBS. The show is hosted...

By Kathy Kessler I’ve often heard that protest marching may make people feel good, but it doesn’t really change anything. I also know that many in Congress who have come home from Washington in recent weeks to angry town hall meetings and phones ringing off the...

This morning on the Religious Round Table, I spoke with Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Michelle November about their latest book, Jewish Spiritual Parenting. The Religious Round Table airs every week on WSBS. The show is hosted each week by different local clergy and faith leaders, and is organized by the...

Delivered on Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach. To my dear Lior: I once heard Senator Cory Booker teach that “Every individual is born as a result of a grand conspiracy of love.” Those words have stayed with me, and feel true tonight as we welcome you into our family...

One of the greatest gifts our community has given us over the millennia of Jewish thought is the esteem of the question mark. Surely the foundation of the Jewish tradition is the question mark. Laid on top of that, brick-by-brick, we have built a tradition...