Posts in category "Judaism"

A tale of 2 Chicago synagogues' approach to children

A tale of 2 Chicago synagogues' approach to children
In his presentation on “Law and Border” at the Limmud Chicago 2013 conference on Feb. 17, Rabbi Avi Finegold, an education consultant, outlined two very different approaches to the Jewish ritual called eruv. An eruv is essentially a loophole that allows observant Jews to carry things on the Sabbath. For Orthodox Jews, who do not... Read more »

Tabernacle architecture reflects divine will for Jews to engage the outside world, Chicago rabbi says

Tabernacle architecture reflects divine will for Jews to engage the outside world, Chicago rabbi says
Although popular misconception is often that Jews don’t missionize, there are Old Testament indications that observant Jews are supposed to dialogue and engage those who are outside of the community. In a mini-sermon during the Torah reading today at the modern Orthodox synagogue Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation, Rabbi Asher Lopatin drew on biblical verses... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago
Marc Chagall’s mosaic Four Seasons in Chicago, which is permanently installed outdoors in Chase Tower plaza, or Exelon plaza — the rectangular area bounded by Clark, Dearborn, Madison, and Monroe streets — is packed with symbolism. Those who are familiar with the works of the Russian Jewish artist, Chagall (1887 – 1985), particularly White Crucifixion (1938) which can be... Read more »
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Nudity, violence prominent in Ill. native's vision of Eden

Nudity, violence prominent in Ill. native's vision of Eden
Choreographers mining the Genesis 3 story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden for gripping props will find no shortage of suitable choices. There’s a crafty (Hebrew: arum) serpent, some kind of Tree of Knowledge (often assumed to bear apples), another Tree of Life, fig leaves, leather clothes, and ultimately, fear-inducing Cherubim guards and rotating,... Read more »

The 'having Jewish friends' defense to anti-Semitism charges

The 'having Jewish friends' defense to anti-Semitism charges
Writing on Gérard de Villiers in the New York Times Magazine, Robert F. Worth observes, “But his reputation as a racist and anti-Semite is largely myth; one of his closest friends is Claude Lanzmann, the Jewish leftist and director of ‘Shoah,’ the landmark Holocaust documentary.” Marshaling the “some of his best friends are Jewish” argument... Read more »

Chicago's Spertus Institute changes name, whether innocents to be protected TBD

Chicago's Spertus Institute changes name, whether innocents to be protected TBD
The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has changed its name to the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, the Michigan Avenue educational institution announced today. Readers who aren’t familiar with Spertus might recognize the organization’s main campus — a 10-story glass building at 610 S. Michigan Avenue which cost $55 million, as Blair Kamin... Read more »
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High-strung Sabbath loopholes

High-strung Sabbath loopholes
Did you know that the few block radius in Lakeview circumscribed by Irving Park, just east of Lake Shore Drive, Fullerton, and the Metra tracks is considered, according to Orthodox Jewish law (or halakha, to be a private rather than a public domain? If it sounds counter-intuitive for several public streets and sidewalks to add... Read more »