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Delivered on August 3, 2018 Parashat Ekev 5778 “Sometimes, finding kindness in strangers can be as hard as finding your lost keys. Sometimes, they can actually be the same thing. When Steve drove off with his $500 keyless car fob on the top of his car, he...

Thirty six. Conservatively speaking, that’s the number of times that the phrase “Do not oppress the stranger” appears in our tradition. I say “conservatively” because that accounts only for the times we hear it in the Torah. This admonition repeats and echoes through Ketuvim and the Prophets--- The voice...

  Today marks the 4th anniversary of my rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that rabbinical school is five years long. Those of us ordained by HUC-JIR begin the first year together studying in Jerusalem,...

Parashat Noach 5778   One can learn a lot about his surroundings from the graffiti he encounters. When I was living in Jerusalem as a rabbinical student, eagerly and earnestly learning to speak modern Hebrew, I remember walking down Emek Refayim one day and seeing the words...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbi-neil-hirsch/fasting-meaning Kol Nidrei 5778 When I was seven or eight years old, my grandfather and I had a routine around Yom Kippur: He would take me to the Yom Kippur family service in the morning, and he would still make his standing mid-morning golf game. We both...

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,...

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...