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For a Sexy Sukkah

My Family Sukkah
Sukkot is the time of our happiness.

It is a time to go outside of your home and build a fragile hut. Bring the best of your home into the hut to find gratitude and perspective.

For a Sexy Sukkah:

  1. Get paint and aprons and invite your guest to paint the walls of the sukkah – messy & fun!
  2. Project a movie on one wall and serve popcorn.
  3. Blow up mattresses for the parents and sleeping bags for the kids and and camp out.
  4. Serve sushi and s’mores.
  5. Plant an Etrog tree and next year enjoy farm to sukkah Etrog.

And of course shake, shake, shake the Lulav and Etrog and remember God is wherever you let God in. (


Yom Kippur: To Fast or Not to Fast?


All week leading up to Yom Kippur I hear people asking one another, “Are you fasting?” This one ritual of abstaining from food and water for 25 hours has become the central focus of the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar. Historically this was not the case, the purpose of Yom Kippur was “to afflict our souls”.  And one of the ways the rabbis understood how to do that was by abstaining from food and water. But the list did not end there.

The rabbis said on Yom Kippur that we were to abstain from cleaning and washing ourselves, (that’s right no brushing teeth or taking showers.) And we were to abstain from anointing ourselves (think no deodorant or perfume) and even from sexual relations (I think that one is self-explanatory).

In fact we were supposed to abstain from any behavior that was corrupting our soul.  Fasting from food may do it for you, but if the entire time you are obsessing about when you can eat the lox and bagels then maybe it is time to reassess what you should be fasting from.

This year on Yom Kippur Fast from Judgment.  Stop looking to see what others are wearing in synagogue. Stop assessing who looks thinner, happier and more together than you this year. That conversation in your head is just one big distraction preventing you from being the compassionate understanding person you really are.

This year on Yom Kippur Fast from Complaining.  In our society complaining has become the way to be heard. We all know the adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” We believe that in order to be acknowledged or seen, we have to complain. But that complaining is corroding our souls. Have you ever complained to a salesperson and then the next day (not five minutes later) felt better about yourself? I don’t think so.

This year on Yom Kippur Fast from Procrastination. There are always things on our list that keep getting set aside because they feel too taxing or difficult to do. Maybe it is talking to your parents about aging or confronting your child about his/her partying. Maybe it is simply paying your bills or going to the gym. This year commit to completing one of those tasks on Yom Kippur. I promise you, it will not be easy but you will be better for it.

Since I was 12 I have been fasting. It is the easiest part of Yom Kippur for me. What is really hard to do is stop the behaviors that are preventing me from developing into the kind of person that I envision myself to be. This is my prayer for you. Fast or don’t fast from food and water, but fast from some behavior that is pulling you away from you. I promise you that you will feel cleaner and better from the inside out.

Thresholds Has Launched!

My Soul Story

sherrehirschblogI am a professional caretaker. I minister to my four children as a mother, my 5,000 congregants as a rabbi and my global audience as a motivational speaker and author.


Ironically, for many (many) months, I have been working on my new book, Thresholds, which is about guiding people to shift the way they view challenging life events as doorways to better opportunities — rather than seeing them as obstacles.


When I got stuck — whether it was writing another chapter or just from sheer exhaustion of trying to be everything to everybody, it was SoulCycle and David Zint’s class in West Hollywood that helped me get over these tough thresholds to a place where I could see the opportunities in my own life and help others see the blessings in their challenges as well.


I still remember my first time. SoulCycle had just come to town and it was all the talk. I am a spiritual leader and with “soul” in the title, clearly it was necessary “research.” What I did not expect was the warm welcome I received when I walked through the door. (It was clear I was a newbie. I did not have shoes, water or any fab SoulCycle gear.)


But from that moment until I unclipped from the bike, I knew I had found another spiritual home. At first, when my congregants saw me, they were surprised. Rabbis tap it back? But what SoulCycle has is just another setting that reminds all of us that the mind-body-soul connection is not confined to a particular house or setting.


Today SoulCycle is part of my routine. On the days that I am so spent and cannot imagine facing another day of doing it all, I turn to SoulCycle to tap back into my soul and renew my spirit. I hear the words of the (always spirited) David Zint in my head, reminding me I have more in me and that I am not alone. I have my SoulCycle family to fuel and re-energize me. Plus I always get the social bonus of running into old friends and making new ones.


I am continually inspired by SoulCycle’s impact in not only bringing together people with all kinds of spiritual stories, but by also giving them a home in which to share and connect on such a meaningful level.


What kind of exercise do you do to help you get through obstacles? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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