Author Archives: anitasilvert

Leave no one behind

Years ago, I started going up to the Great Lakes Naval Base to lead Friday night services for the recruits. They came from all backgrounds; some came because they were Jewish. Some came because it was something to do on … Continue reading

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Chaos. Utter chaos.

There’s a phrase that has been echoing through my mind, as we start the Torah again this Shabbat. Chaos. Tohu v’vohu. I have questions. Why would God create chaos and then form it into order? Why not just create the … Continue reading

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We always need a Plan B

Here it is, the last Shabbat before the Creation of the World. It’s been a while since we were on our weekly Torah check-in, so before we head for celestial tohu v’vohu (chaos) to match the tohu v’vohu here on … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av and John Lewis

I’ve been thinking a lot about two things that converged today in my mind, in the odd coincidences of life. One, of course was Tisha B’Av, the traditional national day of mourning for the Jewish community, and the other, the … Continue reading

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Death in the time of the virus

We keep hearing and reading that these are challenging times, and decisions are being made that can affect life and death. That is all true.  But this week was challenging in a far more personal and direct way: death came … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 8th night

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least twenty five years, … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 6th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least twenty five years, … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 7th night

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least twenty five years, … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 5th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least twenty five years, … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 4th candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least twenty five years, … Continue reading

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