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Rabbi Adir Glick's Letters

March 5: The power of ancient prayers; question...  Why do we display three columns when we do hagbah (lift the Torah) at the end of the Torah service?

One year into the pandemic and there is still so much uncertainty about what our future will hold.    How will our lives change once a majority of us are vaccinated? How will the new variants - from England, South Africa, to Brazil - affect our efforts?   When will normal life come back? Because, as we say in modern Hebrew,Read more...

Feb. 19: Purim;  question...  What is Kabbalah and what is its place within Judaism and within our holy texts and books?

Finally, there are encouraging signs as the Covid-19 numbers decrease both in Illinois and in our nation. The vaccination efforts are progressing. Next week is Purim, our most joyous holiday. And yet, with our current bout of winter, we are also feeling unrest and fatigue.Read more...

Jan. 29, 2021: A period of consequence; and What makes a Torah scroll kosher? 

It has been a period of consequence and of activity for our nation and world. It already feels like a long time since our country ushered in a new beginning.Read more...

Jan. 20, 2021: Rabbi Glick & The Caring Committee Need Your Help

Dear Friends, Community has kept Jews flourishing through pandemics and challenging times for millenia. Due to the pandemic,Read more...

Jan. 15, 2021: How to fight darkness;    and the weekly question:   What does Judaism believe about the afterlife?

It has not been an easy two weeks. After the events of the past ten days, the storming of the Capitol and the concerns surrounding the inauguration, we are challenged not to be overcome by negativity, worry, and fear.  For good reason! Our nation underwent a harrowing and difficult event that has brought many deep issues into focus and to the fore.Read more...

Dec. 18, 2020: We are fatigued, it's time to find kindness; and the weekly question: what is the correct way to light a menorah/ chanukiyah?

Hannukah is behind us, and before us is the winter break followed by hopefully our last few months of restrictions before the rollout of the vaccine. The final leg of a race is always challenging. We tire and sensing the end, we let go of our built up defenses.Read more...

Dec. 11, 2020: Chag Sameach; and the weekly question: why do we pray for rain twice in the Amidah and why does one of them follow our Jewish calendar and the other our secular calendar?

Dear Friends,Chag Sameach – Happy Hannukah.I hope that you have all felt the light and uplift of Hannukah.There is an ancient disagreement betRead more...

Dec. 4, 2020: People finding the light;  and the weekly question:  what is the origin of the minyan?

Another week goes by, and next week is Hannukah.Hannukah (next Thursday) feels particularly meaningful this year. We are all in needRead more...

Nov. 27, 2020:  Turn to each other and support one another; and the weekly question:   “In our prayers we often say ‘Lord of Hosts.’ What does it mean?”

I hope that you all had a restful and revitalizing Thanksgiving, despite the circumstances. There is always so much to be grateful for; family, friends, food on our table. We are learning new skills and developing new wisdom.Read more...

Nov. 20, 2020: Thanksgiving  during the pandemic; and the weekly question:   how to make prayer meaningful

Next week is Thanksgiving, our national holiday of gathering and gratitude. Unfortunately, with the surge in our numbers, we are looking at a lonely Thanksgiving meal and celebration. Yet, from Passover to Rosh Hashannah, we have been through this. We know the bittersweet joys of Zoom seders and Facetime family get-togethers.Read more...

Nov. 13, 2020:  A different winter bunkering down;  and the weekly question:   What is the triennial reading?

 Here we go again. In the past week, we received both the promising news of a Covid-19 vaccine and at the same time we are looking at weeks and possibly months of restrictions to our daily life as numbers surge in Illinois and throughout the nation.Read more...

Oct. 30, 2020: Tapping into our higher selves;  and the weekly question; the Tefillat Ha-Derekh, the Jewish traveler's prayer

This week, our governor announced greater restrictions in our State following the rise in Covid cases. From Europe to Israel to Chicago, it appears that another wave of the pandemic is upon us. Added to our Covid fatigue, next week is the culmination of a divisive campaign and an election that many believe to be one of the most important of our lifetimes.Read more...

Oct. 2, 2020: Prayer For All Those With Coronavirus

Dear Friends, We awoke this morning with more Covid related news; the president of the United States has contracted the disease. It is a reminder that our country and world remain in the midst of the dangerous pandemic.Read more...
Fri, April 16 2021 4 Iyyar 5781