19 years ago I moved to Chicago, 3329 years ago I received the Torah at Mount Sinai

I arrived with my family in Chicago nineteen years ago this week. Although the Jewish calendar and Gregorian calendar do not usually coincide (the 12 Jewish months are 29 or 30 days long and leap years have an added month), once every 19 years they coincide exactly. That means when you turn 19, your Hebrew… Continue reading 19 years ago I moved to Chicago, 3329 years ago I received the Torah at Mount Sinai

The Chief Rabbi of South Africa visits Chicago for the first time

You’ve heard of the Shabbat Project, or the Shabbos project, right? In 2013, the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein, came up with a simple idea. He asked every Jew in South Africa to keep one Shabbat.  South African Jews are very traditional, but not many are Shabbat observant. The results were astounding. The idea… Continue reading The Chief Rabbi of South Africa visits Chicago for the first time

Seder night Reflections – Blessing of the Pesach Lamb or the curse of Cub’s Billy Goat

Learning even a page of Talmud is tough. Learning a whole volume is cause for celebration. At the siyum (completion) of a tractate of the Talmud, it is customary to recite a prayer of thanksgiving and for all in attendance to eat a festive meal. There is a widespread custom on the eve of Pesach for… Continue reading Seder night Reflections – Blessing of the Pesach Lamb or the curse of Cub’s Billy Goat