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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....

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...