Write and Record, Record and Recount By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover

Schraybt u’Farschraybt, v’Sofer u’Moneh 10 Tishrei 5779/ October 9, 2019 Gut Yontiv. Shanah Tovah. This afternoon I would like to tell you a story. Like most Jewish stories, it begins thousands of years ago—according to the rabbis 5,780 years ago… and ten days. But I’ll pick up the story about 160 years ago… when Simon Dubnov was born in the …

All Beginnings are Hard by Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff

Yom Kippur Morning, 10 Tishre, 5780 Temple Sholom of Chicago I want to share with you again what an honor it is to serve as your Interim Rabbi this year. Fran and I appreciate so very much the warm welcome you have extended to us. You have made our beginnings here much easier than they might have been. As I …

The Power of WE by Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff 

Friends, as I said before, it’s good to be back at Temple Sholom. When we left here in 1990, Fran was thinking that we would be away from Chicago, her birthplace, for five years or so and then find our way back. Well, five turned into 29, but finally we are back. Those 29 years were a great adventure, being …

Rabbi Conover’s Yom Kippur Sermon 5779

In a World Where Everything Can Be Faked, What’s Real? RELATIONSHIPS By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover 10 Tishrei 5779/ September 19, 2018 Gut Yontiv.  Like some of you, I love to read about trailblazers and pioneers to find out how they succeeded.  Usually it’s because someone—a parent, a teacher, a friend, a mentor– told them at a pivotal age, “You can …

Rosh Hashanah 2018 Message from Rabbi Goldberg

The Dynamics of Dispute Shana Tova! Like many of you I have read some good books this past year. One was by Ron Chernow, who wrote, a few years ago, a biography of Alexander Hamilton. The new one is about President Ulysses S. Grant. I don’t think it will be turned into a hip-hop musical, but Chernow’s biography of U. …

Rabbi Goldberg’s Purim 2018 letter

Shalom! Soon it will be the Jewish festival of Purim (Wednesday night, Feb 28). The Talmud poses the question: Why don’t we sing Hallel (biblical praises of God) on Purim? Various answers are proposed: 1) Rabbi Isaac says that we don’t say Hallel when recalling a miracle that occurred outside the Holy Land. 2) Rabbi Nahman suggests that the reading …

Our Room of Requirement, Our Garden of Faith

By Rabbi Conover on 10 Tishrei 5778/ September 30, 2017   Gut Yontiv.  As this is the time for making confessions, a few quick questions: Who here has read one of the Harry Potter books?  (Show of hands…) Who has read all of them? Who has seen the movies? One last question… and Ok, no judgment, this really is just …

To Tell the Darkness, We Beg to Differ YKE 5778/2017

By Rabbi Goldberg G’mar Chatimah Tovah and Shabbat shalom!If you are like me, you love The Art Institute of Chicago, and for many reasons. One reason I love the Art Institute is that it has Grant Wood’s well-known painting, American Gothic. Created in 1930, it depicts a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be his daughter …

And Your Children Shall Know Abundant Peace Re’eh 5777

By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover I so enjoy reading and rereading books and poetry that I love.  Sometimes, lines that I almost skipped over in the first reading seem to jump up off the page in a second or third reading.  This often happens to me while reading and rereading Torah.  And this is what happened to me while reading this …