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Rabbi’s Blog

Dear Hevreh Community, The past two weeks have been sad and difficult, as we have experienced heartache over the vicious attacks throughout Israel. We want to shout out "Maspik! Enough already!" We look for words to express that all-too-familiar jumble of feelings that creep up whenever...

We begin with befuddlement. Beginning again a new cycle of Torah reading with B’reishit, this week’s Torah portion, we immediately confront beautiful complications contained within our Torah. Exploring the contradictions and challenges inherent within our text often yields insights otherwise unseen. Such beauty exists in...

On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T’filah (prayer), T’shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice).  The following is the reflection on the Gates of T'shuvah, by Lyn Yonack. Back in the day, back in East Texas, when I was...

On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T’filah (prayer), T’shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice).  The following is the reflection on the Gates of Prayer, by Jim Shoshana Goldberg. A few days ago Rabbi Hirsch extended this invitation to participate...

On Yom Kippur, three Hevreh members shared their perspectives and their stories on the Gates of T'filah (prayer), T'shuvah (Repentance), and Tzedakah (Justice). The following is the reflection on the Gates of Justice, by Jim Sinkoff. Tzedek/Tzedakah – What does it mean?  It is almost impossible...

Rabbi Jodie Gordon Yom Kippur Morning- 5776   The question, posed to a group of parents: What rules, warnings, survival tactics are you giving your children as you raise them? The answers: “Get stopped for a traffic violation? Use your Sunday school manners. Keep your hands where they can be seen, and...

  This summer, on a Sunday afternoon, Liz and I made our way over to the Triplex to catch a viewing of the new Pixar animated movie, Inside/Out. As the movie ended, and we wiped the tears away from our eyes, it was clear that the...

by Rabbi Liz Hirsch A story told by Rabbi Bunam: Once upon a time, a woman lived in poverty in a small village outside of Krakow. She had a modest, one room home, heated by an ornate, beautiful fireplace that she carefully stoked each morning. One night,...

This morning, I stood on this bimah and delivered a eulogy. What I hoped most to do with my words was to elevate the unique qualities of a man, whose life had been rich and varied, and all too short. An educated man- he was a musician...

Mavis Jackson [1] lived in Anaheim, California. Each Sunday, while running errands she would drive past the Crystal Cathedral, a huge Catholic church on a beautiful campus. She would think to herself each time she passed that she would go there for a service sometime....