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They Stood For Him #725

05/06/2022 05:27:34 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Kedoshim

“You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old." Leviticus 19:32

They Stood For Him  

It was morning, July 12, 2008, and we were in Jerusalem.

As is the custom whenever our congregation visits Israel, Saturday mornings are left open for participants to observe the Shabbat in a way which is both personal and meaningful to them.

And so it was on that...

Which Goat Will We Choose? #724

04/29/2022 06:49:20 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Acharei Mot Which Goat Will We Choose?


In the early afternoon on the eve of the first Passover Seder, I stepped out of the Toronto airport terminal and caught the eye of a waiting taxi driver.

“I am next in line,” confirmed the turbaned driver. He was about 65, clad in a loose black top and pants. His black and grey beard glistened in the cool sunshine.

As he entered my...

Those "Dayenu" Moments #723

04/22/2022 03:59:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Pesach Day 7 Those "Dayenu" Moments


In April 2005, my wife Patte – manager of a large dementia unit at a Catholic-run hospital in Edmonton – emailed the adult children of Jewish residents.

She advised that on the following Sunday afternoon, her unit would be holding a Seder, and she needed their help to assist aides, nurses and managers in transferring residents to the multi-purpose...Read more...

Call for a Newer Seder #722

04/15/2022 03:05:43 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Pesach 2022 Call for a Newer Seder

A few weeks ago, a congregant asked me what I regarded as the most insightful Jewish movie of all time.

Her opinion was that it was Fiddler on the Roof. And who could argue?

Phrases like “May God keep the Czar far away from us.” “I realize it's no shame to be poor, but it's no great honor either,” and “How did this tradition get started? I'll tell you. I don't know.”...Read more...

Clearing “Chametz” from Our Souls #721

04/08/2022 06:50:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Shabbat HaGadol Clearing "Chametz" from Our Souls

I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been feeling a bit flat.

In the words of the poet, “It’s been a long, cold lonely winter.”

We’ve weathered another Covid variant. Events in Ukraine have dragged us back into a World War II mindset.

Lies and bent truths continue to permeate public opinion. We can’t even agree on how to combat a basic...Read more...

The “Real” Jewish New Year #720

04/01/2022 04:56:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Tazria/Shabbat HaChodesh The "Read" Jewish New Year

In a few moments, I’m going to ask you whether you agree with Rabbi Joshua or Rabbi Eliezer.

Do you think the true Jewish New Year begins tonight, or will it arrive next September 25?

Most importantly, why should we care, and what does all of this have to do with events occurring overseas?

Welcome to the heart of a rabbinical debate — dating back 2,000...Read more...

Brought to You by the Number 8 #719

03/25/2022 04:33:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Shmini

Brought to You by the Number 8

As a grandfather of a three-year-old, I’ve become reacquainted with Sesame Street, a program many of us were either raised on or watched with our children.

So, it’s my pleasure to inform you, that this week’s Torah portion is brought to you by the Number 8.

Why is this worthy of mention? Perhaps because within Judaism, numbers play such an...Read more...

Sacrifice for Ukraine #718

03/18/2022 04:44:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Tzav

Sacrifice for Ukraine

Like many of you, I have been watching events unfold in Ukraine, filled with admiration for the passion and sacrifice of the Ukrainian people.

Every day, I watch Ukrainian citizens truly stand up for freedom — reporting to militia or army offices and acquiring weapons, which in some countries, would be considered antiques.

It is a latter-day tale of David versus...

God Calls Us By Name #717

03/11/2022 12:49:30 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

The Rabbi is not available this Shabbat. His e-sermon will continue next week. In its place, here is his sermon from 2020 on this week’s parashah.

Parashah Vayikra “And God called out to Moses — and spoke to him.” (Leviticus 1:1) God Calls Us By name

It was Rosh Hashanah, about 15 years ago, when — as is the custom when we return the Torah to the ark — I began walking up and down our sanctuary aisles wishing...Read more...

The Torah vs. Corrupt Leaders #716

03/11/2022 12:37:05 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Pekudei

The Torah vs. Corrupt Leaders

One of the greatest casualties we face today is the loss of faith in those we once trusted.

There was a time when — as a rule — governments, their leaders, and those who spoke for them were inspired by value systems, but recently too many regimes have abused their power to pursue campaigns of self-interest.

This is not new.

Jewish tradition took note of...

Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyyar 5782