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Chanukah: Fourth 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 a decade, our … Continue reading

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Chanukah: Third 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 a decade, our … Continue reading

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Vayeshev: Swim hard against the tide

This week’s parasha has a lot in it. But my focus is elsewhere right now. I am at the URJ  Biennial. Six thousand of the most identified, enthusiastic, engaged Jews I’ve ever met. I’m here with Spertus Institute, representing the … Continue reading

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Stepping away

Hello all. If you’ve noticed, there weren’t any posts the last couple of weeks, and this Shabbat is no different. The last few weeks have been particularly busy, and somehow, it became more important to take something off the schedule … Continue reading

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Balak: A shandah for the neighbors

A Shanda for the neighbors. At the end of the parasha Balak, after we read the oddly humorous yet compelling story of Balak and Balaam, and the talking donkey, we get the first nine verses of Chapter 25 in Bamidbar/Numbers. … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Two sets of brothers

After years of separation, two brothers are finally reunited, falling on each others’ necks and weeping. Yes, you did read about this recently, when Jacob and Esau reconciled in parasha Vayishlach, only a few weeks ago.  Jacob had run away … Continue reading

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Vayetzei: Fiddler and Fair Labor

PERCHIK: Now children, I will tell you the story from the Bible of Laban and Jacob…Now, Laban had two daughters, Leah, and the beautiful Rachel.  And Jacob loved the younger Rachel, and he asked Laban for her hand. Laban agreed, … Continue reading

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