Commentary  Chai Lights

Expert analysis and personal insights on today’s Jewish topics.

CastAway

One of my favorite holiday traditions doesn't draw as much attention as the others--called Tashlich--the custom of casting breadcrumbs, symbolizing our sins, into the water.

WeddingCouple

Under the chuppah, I felt my grandfather embracing my beloved and me—with the help of that tallit wrapped around us.

wordsmatter

The Torah instructs us to speak words that ease, not words that hurt, for every human being is created in the image of God and everyone is precious and unique.

Cindy_dad

The Talmud tells us that “a father is obligated to teach his son (and daughter) how to swim."

COMM_CindyMom

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I encourage you to give thanks for your mom, living or not, and think about what makes her special to you.

NEHEMIAH_HASAK

Many of us have only read about the creation of the Jewish state in history books. But Nehemiah didn’t just read about Israel’s founding—he was there to witness it.

CindyFreedomCommentary

In this season of Passover, what do we wish to free ourselves from spiritually ? What -- far from Mizrayim, or Egypt -- still shackles us?

bridemud

The Garden of paradise may be gone, but our hopes for happy marriages endure.

CindyColumnWorld-790

Now, the cultural conversation around sexual harassment and assault in the workplace takes centerstage as almost every day, more women (and some men) call out their aggressors for bad behavior. 

miracles

December in the Chicago Jewish community means two events are fast approaching--Chanukah and YLD's Big Event Fundraiser.

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