30 Mar, 2018

Passover Recipes

2021-01-03T17:25:53-06:00March 30th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Passover is, after Rosh Hashana, my favorite Jewish holiday--mainly because it is all about home and family--and I love it despite, or maybe because of, all the work involved. Hosting [...]

22 Sep, 2015

Kol Nidre

2021-01-03T17:27:08-06:00September 22nd, 2015|Tags: , |

Women praying at the Wailing WallJerusalem, August 2015 Yom Kippur begins tonight with the Kol Nidre service. My essay on Kol Nidre was published two years ago, and it still captures, probably [...]

17 Dec, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

2021-01-03T17:27:33-06:00December 17th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah, quite appropriate for my family's annual visit to Chicago's Christkindlmarket downtown, thanks to Chabad Lubavitch's giant Menorah. At the Christkindlmarket we stock up [...]

3 Oct, 2014

In Awe of Kol Nidre

2021-01-03T17:27:54-06:00October 3rd, 2014|Tags: , |

Stained glass window front at Chicago Loop Synagogue My essay on Kol Nidre was published a year ago, and on the eve of another Yom Kippur it is as relevant [...]

24 Apr, 2014

Joy is…

2021-01-03T17:28:31-06:00April 24th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Detail of our Passover Seder table before the festivities begin ...singing the traditional silly folk songs with my kids at the end of the Passover Seder. We have our own [...]

13 Sep, 2013

My Ode to Kol Nidre

2021-01-03T17:29:01-06:00September 13th, 2013|Tags: , |

Chicago Loop Synagogue Window Detail ...was published yesterday in Tablet Magazine: Kol Nidre Showed Me... Meanwhile I am looking forward Yom Kippur and am basking, just a little bit, in [...]

27 Jul, 2012

In Memory of Munich

2021-01-03T17:32:03-06:00July 27th, 2012|Tags: , |

As the Olympic Games open in London, I dedicate my blog post today to the 40th anniversary of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the Olympic Games [...]

5 May, 2012

Origami Star of David

2021-01-03T17:32:26-06:00May 5th, 2012|Tags: , |

Since it is the Sabbath today, I am taking the day off and leaving you with this stunning origami Star of David by my colleague and accomplished artist Debbie Lekousis. [...]

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