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Adding FUn to judaism  #763

01/27/2023 04:56:16 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

  Parashat Bo:  “You shall observe Passover as an institution for all time—for you and for your descendants.”(Exodus 6:24) Adding fun to jadaism

Growing up within a traditional Jewish home, one word that was rarely used during rituals was: “Fun.”

I have fond memories of sitting around the Passover table and listening to the adults race through the all-Hebrew, no-photos Haggadah.

There’s a warm...

Feeling Like an Imposter  #762

01/20/2023 04:55:14 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Va'era:  “The Israelites will not listen to me, then why should Pharaoh heed me, a man of impeded speech?”(Exodus 6:12) Feeling Like an Imposter

Have you ever begun a new job, or accepted a leadership role within an organization, and felt like you weren’t up to the task?

A phrase, coined in 1978 by Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes, identifies a phenomenon known as the Imposter...Read more...

 Women Breaking The Rules #761

01/13/2023 05:29:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Shemot:  "If not for the merit of the righteous women of that generation, the Israelites were redeemed from Egypt."  Passover Haggadah     women Breaking the Rules

It is no secret that within the Torah, or within most organized religions, men receive most of the attention.

 Often, the Bible’s narrative is presented through men’s eyes—Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,...Read more...

How And Why We Bless The Children #760

01/06/2023 04:23:34 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Yayechi:  Noticing Joseph’s sons, Israel asked, “Who are these?” (Genesis 48:8)    How and why we bless the children


Jewish parents have just come through perhaps one of the most challenging times of the year.

We have been surrounded by Christmas trees, gifts, and carols.

It’s hard to compete. Some Jewish children want to know why they can’t have a tree, why our homes are...Read more...

The Start of Anti-Semitism #759

12/30/2022 05:09:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Yayigash:
"Thus Israel settled in the country of Egypt...They acquired holdings and were fertile and increased greatly." (Genesis 47:27) The Start of Anti-Semitism

The issue of anti-Semitism is complex.

A few weeks ago, I shared the story of how, during a recent vacation, my wife and I were confronted by someone who pointed her finger in my face and accused “The Jews” of undermining America.

During his...

Joseph's FaceTime #758

12/23/2022 04:30:05 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Yayeshev/Miketz:
"Why do you look so downcast today?” (Genesis 40:7)

Joseph’s FaceTime

Recently, I read an article describing three phases children go through as they relate to their parents.

“First my children saw me as a goddess,” noted the author. “Then during their teenage years I became stupid, but then I became wise again as they entered their 20’s and went out into the...Read more...

Who We Tell Our Dreams To #757

12/16/2022 06:06:05 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Vayeshev:
"And the brothers hated him even more for his talk about his dreams." (Genesis 37:8)

Who We Tell Our Dreams To

Have you ever had a dream so vivid, that it seemed like a real recollection of the past, or a premonition of the future?

There are some dreams which seem so real, they remain with us—for a lifetime.  I must have been about 18 when I experienced a dream like that. I recall...Read more...

Money and Happiness #756

12/09/2022 05:25:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Vayishlach 12"

money and happiness

Recently, I sat in on a Hebrew school class taught by one of our senior teachers, known as “Rabbi Shabbos.”

He posed two questions to his students:

The first was, “What is your definition of happiness?” and the second, “Would all the money in the world buy you happiness?”

The replies of our pre bat and bat mitzvah students showed a remarkable sense...Read more...

God on the High Seas #755

12/02/2022 02:00:05 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Vayetzei: “(God) is present in this place, and I did not know it!” (Genesis 28:16)

God on the High Seas

About 25 years ago, when I was leading Shabbat services in my former congregation with a fellow lay leader, we delighted in a joyous day.

We were celebrating the bat mitzvah of very talented and committed young lady, who not only led the entire service, but also delivered a wonderful speech...Read more...

The Man With The Mop #754

11/25/2022 04:30:00 PM


Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Chayei Sarah: “Let her be the one whom you have decreed for your servant Isaac.” Genesis 24:14

The Man with the Mop

On Monday, at about 6:30 pm, my wife and I made our way to our seats at the Bell Center in Montreal.

Although I enjoy attending New York Islanders games, when it comes to sports, the blood that flows through me is Montreal Canadiens red.

We were in Montreal for a...

Sun, February 5 2023 14 Shevat 5783