The Jewish View

BY Rabbi Craig Axler
July 11, 2013

This Shabbat, we begin reading the book of Deuteronomy. Every year, this portion is read on Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av, the singular day of mourning for the destruction of the Temples, as well as calamities throughout Jewish history.  According to the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6), it was an event that occurred generations before the CONTINUE »

A summer camp fiasco
BY Danielle Sarah Storch
July 3, 2013

It was the third week at camp, and things were running smoothly. “Lineup at 6 a.m. by the flagpole,” Art, our counselor, called out to us one afternoon. “We’ll announce the leader for our overnight then.” My best friend, Mo, looked at me. “Maybe he’ll chose me, I’m an Eagle Scout,” he said. The job CONTINUE »

July 3, 2013

Parshat Matos-Masai Being from Chicago, I am a big fan of the Blackhawks, who just won the Stanley Cup in one of the best NHL championship series. In so many ways, hockey is like a religion. It is filled with laws and superstitions, both for the fans and the players. There is a hockey “minhag” CONTINUE »

BY Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff
June 27, 2013

Parshat Pinchas After hundreds of years of slavery and 40 years of wandering, our people were finally ready to enter the land of Israel. We would each be given a piece of this land of promise. According to the Torah, each of us had a claim to the land … except for five sisters from CONTINUE »

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Parshat Balak
BY Rabbi Etan Mintz
June 20, 2013

Dr. Daniel Gilbert, an eminent professor of psychology at Harvard University, describes a fascinating study demonstrating that one year after individuals either win the lottery or become paraplegic, their levels of happiness were the same as before those events occurred. This is a truly astounding finding, which insinuates that even events that seem to be CONTINUE »