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March 30, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

I hope this message meets you in a healthy and resilient place. I include here my d’var Torah from Friday night. Feel free to reach out. I am always happy to discuss Torah. On an allied note, the Chesed Team leadership and I invite you to an organizing m...

March 23, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

I thought you might want to have a look at Friday’s D’var Torah. It was a beautiful Shabbat, and I urge you, if you can, to join us on YouTube this Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am. If you cannot, because you don’t have a home computer and/or I...

February 24, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

Numerous times each week I stroll through the Michigan Room on my way to the chapel to pray or meditate. I take in the lake and acknowledge Rabbi Levy, whose portrait hangs on the wall. I’m a great admirer of Rabbi Levy, z”l. I have great respect for his...

February 3, 2020

Shalom Chevrei!

Some of you may have seen notifications regarding Shalom Hartman and would like to know more about the institute and the class. The Shalom Hartman Institute is “a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Their mis...

January 13, 2020

Shalom Chevrei,

At the URJ Biennial held recently in Chicago, we had a chance to remember one of the great social justice titans of our Reform movement, Al Vorspan. Mr. Vorspan passed away within the last year, but not before he made a huge difference as a force for goo...

January 6, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

Last weekend, we witnessed acts of violence perpetrated against Jews and Christians. This weekend thundered with the warlike drumbeats of international conflict. Angry shadows continue to cast their darkness; it’s hard to take a deep breath. But the one...

December 9, 2019

The following will be published in Chicago Jewish News on Friday, December 13, 2019:

Our human spirit battles numerous enemies within, enemies which render us capable of great harm. Racism. Xenophobia. Misogyny. Homicide. Genocide. Inherent in these evils is not just an...

November 25, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

In this season of gratitude, I want you to know how thankful I am to serve as your rabbi - and for the time being, as your Director of Jewish Learning & Engagement. I am particularly grateful to Cassandra Tenonbaum, who has joined our staff in a new posi...

November 18, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

Last year I wrote the following for Shabbat Chayyei Sarah, which among other matters, focuses on the life and death of Sarah and the power of resilience. Resilience helps us make loss matter.

     When a child dies or an innocent person dies or someone di...

October 28, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

I hope you are all well and enjoyed a meaningful holiday season. It was a blessing to see so many of you over the last month. It is always inspiring to pray with you and find meaning with you, as well.

I am proud of all our volunteers who made the chagim...

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