In any good marathon run, there are points along the way where we receive nourishment, catch our breath and sharpen our focus on the ultimate goal. The last leg of the marathon, is often the most trying and most urgent. The month of Elul has embedded within it both a ‘rest stop’ and that sense […]
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Rabbi Hirsch’s Shabbat Sermon from July 29, 2016. It contains time sensitive Information on how you can help voters in North Carolina. Your action is needed by August 5.
D’var Torah Rabbi Deborah A. Hirsch July 29, 2016 Next Friday, Jews across the globe will usher in the Hebrew month of Av—a month overlaid with sadness and mourning. Tradition teaches it was on Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of Av that both the first temple in 586 B.C.E. and second temple in 70 C.E. were destroyed. According to tradition, […]
Dear Friends, Tonight, as we welcome the joy of Shabbat, our hearts and spirits are saddened and angered by the senseless act of terror that last night transformed nationalistic pride in France to a state of national mourning. The path of terrorist destruction in Nice that, to date, has claimed 84 lives comes on the […]
For many of us, summer conjures up moments of family and personal fun. Summer camps, specialty camps, teen trips, college programs, internships and family vacations make up the cacophony of activities that so many of us or our children participate in during the 10-12 week break between school endings and beginnings. Growing up in Chicago […]
D’VAR TORAH RABBI DEBORAH A. HIRSCH JULY 1, 2016 This weekend…this Shabbat… embraces both memory and future for Village Temple. Like Americans throughout our country, this weekend celebrates the birth of our nation. Technically, the Continental Congress declared Independence on July 2, 1776; however, the final wording that became memorialized as the official document wasn’t […]