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Clearing “Chametz” from Our Souls #721

04/08/2022 06:50:00 PM

Apr8

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

Apr1

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

Mar25

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

Mar18

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...Read more...

God Calls Us By Name #717

03/11/2022 12:49:30 PM

Mar11

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

Mar11

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...Read more...

The Torah vs. Corrupt Leaders #716

03/04/2022 05:50:00 PM

Mar4

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...Read more...

A Time to Reboot #715

02/25/2022 12:34:00 PM

Feb25

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Vayakhel 
“On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a sabbath of complete rest…” (Exodus 35:3)

A Time to Reboot

Only four days after my 17th birthday, I found myself with 70 other teens from across North America watching the sunset over ancient Tiberias.

It was my first time away from home, on a tour sponsored by Histadrut — a Zionist...Read more...

The Golden Calves of Our Lives #714

02/18/2022 01:40:00 PM

Feb18

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Ki Tissa 

The Rabbi is currently out of the country. His weekly e-sermon will resume in two weeks. Until then, here is a previous e-sermon, reprinted from 2017, on this week’s Torah portion — Ki Tissa — (“When you take.")

The Golden Calves of Our Lives

At a conference last year on future trends in Judaism, one of the presenters — a rabbi — told of how he had aroused the fury of one of his...Read more...

The Sound of Silence #713

02/11/2022 06:29:00 AM

Feb11

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Tetzaveh 
“On its hem, make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the hem, with bells of gold between them all around.” (Exodus 28:33)

A Time for Silence

About 10 years ago,...Read more...

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