Rabbi Hayim Herring

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D., is C.E.O. of HayimHerring.com, and specializes in strategic change and anticipatory leadership development. HayimHerring.com’s mission is “Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Organizations™.” He has served as a congregational rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis, MN., assistant executive director of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and founding executive director of STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), a foundation created by Michael Steinhardt, Edgar Bronfman, and Lynn Schusterman for synagogue innovation and rabbinic leadership development. Hayim has published over 70 scholarly and popular articles and studies primarily on the American Jewish community.

Articles by Rabbi Hayim Herring

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei: Easing Grief’s Isolation

Sometimes in the act of giving, you end up receiving even more.

Parashat Tetzaveh: Carrying Our Loved Ones in Our Hearts

The priestly garments provide a guide on how we can remember.

Parashat Mishpatim: Finding the Ecstatic in the Everyday

This Torah portion reminds us to appreciate the mundane moments.

Parashat Yitro: Merged Memories

In Moses and Jethro, we can see a model of transformational relationships ⁠— and losses.

Parashat Beshalach: Their Past Is Always Present

Our loved ones may physically pass on, but like Joseph, their presence reverberates in us and in the generations to come.

Parashat Bo: An Unprecedented Journey

We can learn from Moses when we are forced to take an unprecedented journey through grief.

Parashat Vaera: Honesty, Not Silence

God knows we need to question God, as Moses did centuries ago.

Parashat Shemot: Growing into New Roles

Like the characters in this Torah portion, we can fill the vacant roles left by our loss and grow into new ones.

Parashat Vayechi: Integrating the Past into the Present

“May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe” (Genesis 48:20). Parents routinely offer this blessing on Shabbat at the Friday night dinner ...

Parashat Vayigash: Forgiveness Over Blame

Joseph shows us how to exit the emotional labyrinth of grief by embracing forgiveness over blame.