April 2017


Happy holidays!

HappyEasterHappyPassover. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but it seems all that is now one word. At least it appeared that way to anyone watching television last week. Virtually every news show I saw…


True modesty: Feeling worthy of conversing with G-d

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Shmini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47 In the classical commentaries to this week’s Scripture, Parsha Shimini, the greatest of all scholars, Rashi, writes “which of our great leaders – Moses or…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, April 22 Congregation Beth Shalom holds Tefilla Yoga. Bring your own mat and dress appropriately for yoga. 11 a.m.-noon. 3433 Walters, Northbrook. (847) 498-4100. Sunday, April 23 Ark Northwest holds Young Family Volunteering event. 9:30-11 a.m.,…




Pure evil

When does stupidity become evil? Well, we now have the answer. You know, we’ve been hearing a whole lot recently about Syria having crossed a red line. But there are all kinds of red lines….


Rabbi Doug Zelden

Body and soul: real meaning of freedom

By Rabbi Doug Zelden, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Chol Hamoed Passover – Exodus 33:12-34:26 We are in the midst of one of the most auspicious times in the Jewish calendar, known as Z’man Cherutenu – The…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, April 15 Congregation Beth Judea holds “Passover Tot-Shabbat” for children 8 and younger with music from Bradley Egel, chocolate matzah and more. 11 a.m. Synagogue Youth House (near playground,) Rt. 83 and Hilltop Road, Long…