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Rabbi’s Blog

Shabbat shalom. When you think of a family reunion, what comes to mind? For me, it begins with the smell of familiar foods. My aunt’s tzimmes; kugel with cornflakes, and of course, a seemingly endless supply of seven layer cake from our family's favorite, Starr Bakery....

Parashat Vayigash 5780 To Whom It May Concern: We do not know one another, although perhaps we have met at a wedding, funeral, or some other chance encounter. Perhaps we are tangentially connected—we work out next to one another, we have signaled to one another to...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/religious-round-table-in-this-i-believe On the Religious Round Table, Rabbi Hirsch talks with Father Sam Smith, Rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Stockbridge MA. The conversation: In what or in whom do we have faith? The Religious Round Table airs every week on WSBS. The show is hosted each week by different local...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/religious-round-table-top-5-loves In this episode of the Religious Round Table, Rabbi Hirsch and Rev Erik Karas from Christ Trinity in Sheffield MA list their top 5: What does Rabbi Hirsch love about being Jewish and what does Rev Karas love about being Christian. Lots of similarities, surprising...

There are two stories in this weeks’ Torah portion that stand out--- stories that we all know.  -first, the story of Noah and the flood.  In God’s anger, God decides to wipe out the inhabitants of the earth, and start all over.  -second, the story of the Tower...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/forgiving-the-unrepentant A story is told of two rabbis—one is named Reish Lakish, and the other Yochanan. The two men were study partners and brothers. The two rabbis studied together each and every day in the Beit Midrash for many years, until one day they found themselves in...

Poet Yehuda Amichai writes in his poem  “The Place Where We Are Right”:  From the place where we are right Flowers will never grow In the spring. The place where we are right Is hard and trampled Like a yard. But doubts and loves Dig up the world Like a mole, a plow. And a whisper...

delivered on Rosh Hashanah 5780, Day 2. by Suzanne Sawyer, Past President Here’s a little-known fact. Did you know that one of the first commandments in the Torah is to be a fruitfly? Actually, it’s Pru Ur’vu- be fruitful and multiply. It appears both on Day 5,...

I want to begin by telling you about two different residents, so to speak, of the Jewish cemetery, in Warsaw.  The first is a man named Ludwik Zamenof.   One hundred and thirty-two years ago, Zamenof invented a new language, called Esperanto.  He was a doctor, he was a...

Delivered on September 30, 2019 | Rosh Hashanah 5780 https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/rh-5780 Prologue This morning, my sermon is in three parts: a prologue, the sermon itself, and an epilogue that will involve all of us together. As prologue, I want to go ahead and give you the headline for...