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Parshat Eikev
BY Rabbi Etan Mintz
July 23, 2013

The Kotzer Rebbe used to say there is nothing more whole than a broken heart. You can also say there’s nothing more whole than broken tablets. In fact, in addressing the Jewish people as they prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses recalls their rebellious times in the desert, and in speaking of the new CONTINUE »

Parshat Eikev
BY Rabbi Yisroel Motzen
July 18, 2013

This past Tuesday, Jews worldwide commemorated the destruction of the Holy Temple and the pillage of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 422 B.C.E. and by the Romans approximately 500 years later. The Talmud relates a story that highlights the lack of unity that existed in the days leading up to the Roman attack on Jerusalem: CONTINUE »

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 »