Redemption Does Not Mean An End To All Questions

A lot of us have been led to believe that to be redeemed means the conclusion of all challenges. There is a model for that. But it’s certainly not the only model, and living in the real world, I don’t think it’s the most helpful model, especially for builders. Moreover, I don’t even believe that finding redemption in the midst of our building is predicated upon success. Now I want to be clear: I want more success than failure. I couldn’t stay in the game if I didn’t have more success than......

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Take the Long Way: Parashat Beshalach

In my family, we have the concept of the “Stanton shortcut.” It pertains to an unnecessarily long path that my father, my brother, or I take when going from one place to another, leading to wonderful adventures or learning opportunities – and a far longer duration of travel than any of us anticipated at the outset. We’ve taken some wonderful “shortcuts” all over the world, using many different modes of transportation, and we continue to revel in the time we wound up spending together en route. Evidently, this is far from an......

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In Search of Space: From Garage to Brownstone

In the Spring of 2017, a group of neighbors gathered with the question: ‘What are we going to do this Shabbat?’ After seeing the need for a prayer space in Harlem that felt truly inclusive and accepting of anyone who may walk through the door, they were determined to build the community they could not find. Born from this was Kehillat Harlem, a prayer space committed to Halachah (Jewish law) while holding this mission of inclusivity at its core. Fortunately, a proclivity for creativity led to the creation of the Harlem Shtiebl......

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Being a Chief Listener

In my first job out of rabbinical school, I served as an assistant rabbi of a congregation of over 1000 families. As many new rabbis experience, I felt I should know everything and was embarrassed that I didn’t. On bigger points about the direction of synagogue programs, I guessed. I tried to create new things and make changes, but it didn’t feel like enough people heard or were inspired by my vision. This week’s Torah portion contains a story embedded in most Jews’ memories from years of Passover seders: the 10 plagues.......

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Listen To The Names Of The Victims First

Listen To The Names Of The Victims First

June 14, 2016

A video where Brad Hirschfield lists the victims names in the recent Orlando shooting. Because first we need to internalize a tragedy before we jump to speak.

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