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The Story of the Hardened Heart #531

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:09pm -- Rabbi Huberman
the story of the hardened heart

It was exactly eight years ago this Pesach that I learned a meaningful lesson, both as a rabbi and as a human being.

Her name was Sharon. She has since passed into the world of souls.

The Chametz We Carry in Our Souls #530

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:06pm -- Rabbi Huberman
The chametz we carry in our souls

My job as a rabbi isn't always to encourage congregants to be more observant. In fact, there have been times when I've encouraged some in our congregation to "take their foot off the gas."

Sounds a bit crazy, I know. 

Study Without Work Means Little #529

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 8:35pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Study Without Work Means Little 

Maimonides (1135-1204), one of Judaism's greatest teachers, was infuriated by a trend in his own lifetime -- one which continues today.

A National Day of Unplugging #528

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 7:19pm -- Rabbi Huberman
A National Day of Unplugging

It isn't unusual for a prospective member visiting our congregation for the first time to make a bit of a disclaimer: "I'm really not that religious."

At first, I wasn't really sure what that meant.

From Amalek to Parkland -- How Do We Remember? #527

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:48pm -- Rabbi Huberman
From Amalek to Parkland -- How Do We Remember?

There is a new movement within the United States which is showing success in reversing negative feelings towards Israel.

Reflections on Parkland Shootings #526

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:46pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Reflections on Parkland Shootings

What if God was one of us....?

Just a stranger on the bus...

tryin' to make his way home? 

Rabbi Irwin Update #524: Two Torahs at Sinai

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:06pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Two Torahs at Sinai

The Talmud tells us of the day that Moses was jettisoned more than a thousand years into the future, into the classroom of one of our greatest Sages, Rabbi Akiva.

Rabbi Irwin Update #523: God Hates Trash Talk

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:04pm -- Rabbi Huberman
God Hates Trash Talk

About ten years ago, a television ad appeared for Nike shoes, which turns my stomach to this day.

It opens with a group of ten-year-olds playing a polite game of basketball on an inner city court. A car pulls up with some NBA players who stop to observe.

The 2018 Plague of Darkness #522

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:11pm -- Rabbi Huberman
The 2018 Plague of Darkness

      Hello darkness, my old friend;

#521: Moses -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:36pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Moses -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow

#520: The Power of Your Hebrew Name

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:28pm -- Rabbi Huberman
The Power of Your Hebrew Name

#519: Your Ethical Will -- How Will Your Be Remembered?

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 5:52pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Your Ethical Will -- How Will Your Be Remembered?

#518: Pharaoh, Chanukah and the Environment

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:56pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Pharaoh, Chanukah and the Environment

We live in a world where increasingly we are referred to as consumers rather than citizens.

We live in a disposable world.  Cellphones are upgraded every two years, while old ones languish in drawers until they are eventually tossed.

#517: Silence Breakers - Forgotten Women of the Torah

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:12pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Silence Breakers - Forgotten Women of the Torah

Years before I decided to become a rabbi, our congregation in Canada interviewed several people for our then-vacant rabbinical position.

One candidate, leading the Amidah prayer, began chanting the names of Judaism's patriarchs and matriarchs.

We are Wrestlers with God #515

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 12:44pm -- Rabbi Huberman
We are Wrestlers with God

It is saddening, in my pastoral work, to see how consistently siblings, spouses, and friends will hold on to conflicts, no matter how old or "past due" they are.

Rabbi Irwin Update #515: Running from Confrontation

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 2:47pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Running from Confrontation

About two weeks ago, I attended a lecture given by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, one of Judaism's foremost authors, philosophers and storytellers.

Judaism's "Flawed" Role Models #514

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 2:47pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Judaism's "Flawed" Role Models 

Before he passed away in February 2014, my mentor, Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz, shared a profound insight with me regarding why he believed the Torah is based on truth.

#513: Hospitality -- Judaism's Family Business

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:53am -- Rabbi Huberman
Hospitality -- Judaism's Family Business

It was twenty years ago that Patte and I experenced from two young children one of Judaism's most important values.

The Real Sin of Sodom and Gemorrah #512

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 3:29pm -- Rabbi Huberman
The Real Sin of Sodom and Gemorrah

There are many passages in the Torah which have been misinterpreted in order to pervert God's word.

Go Forth: My Personal Journey #511

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 1:26pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Go Forth: My Personal Journey 

It was a rainy evening in November 2003 when I picked my wife up at Edmonton International Airport.

She got into the car and reached for her seatbelt. "I have something important to share with you," she said.

Noah, alcohol and the challenge of addiction #510

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 5:48pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Noah, alcohol and the challenge of addiction #510

There are two festivals of the year during which Jews are actually encouraged to drink.

Punchline of the Torah #509

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 2:03pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Punchline of the Torah

There are times when I believe that we make religion and Judaism more complicated that they need to be.

Our tradition is limned with countless interpretations and commentaries which have produced thousands of rules and regulations fully known to a chosen few, to the point that so many everyday Jews are convinced they are "bad" Jews.

The Most Vulnerable Among Us #508

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 6:52pm -- Rabbi Huberman
The Most Vulnerable Among Us 

There is a somewhat disturbing passage -- or more precisely a troubling commandment  -- closing this week's Torah portion.

We are told that, whenever we encounter descendents of the Amalek nation, we are supposed to destroy them: their warriors, their families, their possessions -- everything.

This commandment seems so out of character with the spirit of Judaism.

Unity Against Hatred? #506

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 1:47pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Unity Against Hatred?

See, ("Re'eh"), is the word which begins this week's Torah portion.

Indeed, there was much for Americans and the world to see this past weekend.

Not on Bread Alone #505

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 1:45pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Not On Bread Alone

During the 1990s, I served on a senior committee which provided advice to the journalism department at a college in Calgary, Canada. 

#504: Is the World Good or Bad?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 7:16pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Is the World Good or Bad?

One of the strangest conversations of my rabbinate took place recently as services ended one Shabbat morning.

A visitor to our congregation approached me to offer his objections to the Prayer for our Country which we recite each Sabbath morning, just before returning the Torah to the ark.

#503: Tweeting and the Jewish Connection

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 12:25pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Tweeting and the Jewish Connection

On the average, every second of every day, about 6,000 new tweets appear on Twitter.

That translates to more than 500 million tweets every day.

Reflections of Israel 2017 #502

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 4:25pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Reflections of Israel 2017 

TEL AVIV --  A few days after I arrived in Israel, a Tel Aviv resident asked if I knew what the national bird of Israel was.

"It's the crane," he chirped, before giving me a chance to respond.

Concern About Visiting Israel #501

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 7:37pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Concern About Visiting Israel 

Earlier this year, an Israeli friend-- a tour guide--shared a surprising statistic about tourism in the Holy Land: of the nearly four million people who visit Israeli each year, only twenty-five percent are Jewish.

This number has dwindled in recent years, and it's continuing to fall.

Praying Through Our Fears #500

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 3:35pm -- Rabbi Huberman
Praying Through Our Fears 

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