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Plain Meanings - Complex Texts

PLAIN MEANINGS - COMPLEX TEXTS

Kansas murders reveal an uplifting truth about America

It is bitterly ironic that the murderer in Overland Park, Kansas unwittingly revealed an excellent truth about America, and the place of Jews and other minorities in these great United States.  Read More »

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THE CHAI ROAD

Hey Jude...

 With my mom's birthday a few days away, and Mother's Day soon after that, I was thinking about how sometimes I forget to tell my mom how much I love her and how lucky I am to be her daughter.   Read More »

Seeing Abilities in Those with Disabilities

SEEING ABILITIES IN THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

The road to Disney

This month's blog topic was super easy to decide on, not only because the month of April is Autism Awareness Month, but also because of a recent New York Times article about individuals with Autism communicating through Disney movies.  Read More »

Outside In

OUTSIDE IN

Reunion

I've been scanning gardening books and catalogs since they arrived the day after New Year's, dreaming of colorful English gardens, bushels of sweet, ruby red tomatoes and brown bags loaded with renegade zucchini.  Read More »

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Our hearts and prayers are with the Jewish community of Overland Park
We pray for comfort for the families of the dead, and for the refuah shleymah of the injured.

Young Chicago Jews come together to fight hunger
Some 100 young Jewish adults volunteered on April 6 for Feed Chicago, a citywide day of service.

The power of the jester
There's this scene in National Lampoon's Vacation that gets me every time I see it.

African-American, Jewish communities come together at JUF Hunger Seder
Raising awareness of the slavery that hunger creates today

Action Needed: Illinois legislature set to address academic boycotts of Israel
Resolution SJR 59 condemns an academic boycott of Israel and needs support.

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Jewish Learning Never Stops

VIDEO: 'Sanctuary: Jewish Learning Never Stops'

This episode explores adult Jewish education in the Chicago area – classes that bring life to ancient texts and contemporary study, immersing students in the centuries-old wisdom of sages.

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The real story behind the orange on the seder plate
I present you here with the real story of why people put an orange on the Seder plate.

The Oreo and the Jewish problem
This is not the beginning of a joke.  You surely remember that day when Oreo gained Kosher certification.  It was announced  Friday, January 16, 1998

Sandy Koufax and the Aggies' Jewish Quarterback: A Yom Kippur Tale
What did the Jewish students on these two campuses do when their game of Biblical proportions clashed with Yom Kippur?

2014 Interactive City Winery Downtown Seder dinner set for April 8
"The Downtown Seder is specifically being held the week prior to the start of Passover so that guests might bring the inspiration into their homes and make their own Seder dinner more relevant."

Hey Jude...
 With my mom's birthday a few days away, and Mother's Day soon after that, I was thinking about how sometimes I forget to tell my mom how much I love her and how lucky I am to be her daughter.

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