Commentary  Chai Lights

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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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. 


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

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