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 Rabbi Zev Farber’s new book‘Halakhic Realities: Collected Essays on Organ Donation’

As he watched The Pride of the Yankees more than a decade ago, Richard Sandomir was struck anew by the film’s climactic scene of Gary Cooper, playing the ailing baseball star Lou Gehrig, proclaiming himself to be “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

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There came a point when even the usually optimistic Rabbi Evan Moffic, of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, needed some help being happy. He turned to a prayer he had been saying for years.

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Poupko's book superbly illuminates Chana's unique place in biblical and rabbinic tradition.

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While gazing at a Jimi Hendrix suit and Janis Joplin's tambourine, you could be forgiven for thinking you were at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But no, you're in Skokie.

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Tzevayim, Hebrew for "colors," is the news "recipe booklet" by Alana Chandler. For it, she interviewed several Chicago-area women who are all chefs, and all Jews of color.

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Should we ever get to the point where hungry folks ask, "What do you feel like-Italian, Chinese, or Israeli?" we can thank Michael Solomonov. 

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Bravery is standing up to the neo-Nazis coming to march in your hometown, as they did in Skokie in the late 1970s. But there is also bravery in using that historical event as the backdrop for a comedy.

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Seven local storytellers took to the stage to share their own personal stories about Israel: Many Voices, a sold-out storytelling event. 

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Purchasing produce at the peak of its season and freshness is a privilege. Many people do not have access to fresh produce and to be able to have a conversation with the farmers is special. These are the folks making fresh and seasonal produce happen.

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