Through the lens of the biblical story of Joseph’s reunion with his brothers, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch reflects on a deeply Jewish idea: that there is a guiding force in the universe.
“Joseph could not unravel what forces brought him to the throne of Egypt. He only senses a deep connection between events that was mystical, even magical. He described this feeling as God and destiny.”
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. A vibrant Reform congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue has served as a catalyst for progressive Jewish thought, support for Israel, and committed social action in the local community and beyond for more than 100 years. Learn more at swfs.org.
A vibrant Reform congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a catalyst for progressive Jewish thought, support for Israel, and committed social action in the local community and beyond.
Lifelong Jewish education is central to Stephen Wise and encompasses our Early Childhood Center and Religious School, which foster the Jewish identities of more than 400 children, in addition to myriad offerings for adults.
From the bima, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch offers meaningful insight into the challenges of our day and a genuine personal connection. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a reform Synagogue on the Upper West Side of New York, and a beacon of progressive Jewish thought, inclusive worship, and committed social action for our congregants, our neighbors, and the larger community. To learn more, visit swfs.org.