In this week’s parasha, Moses became so enraged that he took the tablets – described by the Torah as being carved by the very finger of God – and shattered them into pieces. In this era of anger, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch cautions, the enraged are often impervious to reason – but anger can also be a force for good.
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Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City. Rabbi Hirsch is recognized internationally for his leadership in Jewish affairs and is frequently cited in the media. The New York Observer named him among “New York’s Most Influential Religious Leaders” and City & State New York magazine praised him as “the borough's most influential voice” for Manhattan’s more than 300,000 Jews. Prior to his arrival at Stephen Wise, he served for twelve years as executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America.