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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...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/r201909 On this week’s Religious Round Table, Rabbi Hirsch talks with Rabbi Diana Fersko about a topic they both love: Aggadah. If this is a new topic to you, take a listen. It’s a whole body of literature that’s rather important to the Jewish story. The...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/noticing-the-chicken Parashat Ki Tavo 5779 Once, while living in New York City, I found myself on a Shabbat afternoon with absolutely nothing to do. It was one of those picture perfect days, where the city called everyone out of their apartments. Since I had no where to...

The sky this morning is clear and bright just as it was eighteen years ago today. Impossibly, it seems, eighteen years have passed since the morning of September 11, 2001—a morning which changed the world.  So often, we remark on the power of the number eighteen.  Eighteen,...

I have a confession to make.  Despite one very cute photo that suggests otherwise, my kids’ first day of school was mostly a mess. We woke up on Tuesday morning, and like that scene in Home Alone where everyone is running around the house at top...

At first glance, it might be hard to tell what Mother Jones, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Clare Luce and Gene Kelly have in common—a labor activist, a high ranking church official, the first female ambassador, and well- Gene Kelly--- where could the disparate circles of...