I've Always Wondered
Who Was Gus Kahn? Originally Published October 30-31, 2020.

Born on November 6, 1886, in Koblenz, Germany, Gustav Gerson Kahn was the son of Isaac and Theresa Kahn.  The family moved to Chicago around 1891, and after graduating high school, young Gus worked as a clerk in a mail-order business.  It would be his sideline that made him famous. Gus Kahn had been writing […]

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What Is the Connection Between Studying and Death? Originally Published October 23-24, 2020.

There are many ways we Jews honor those who have passed away.  One way is by saying Mourners’ Kaddish in a minyan on each yahrzeit (the Hebrew date on which the person passed away).  Rabbis have long opined that this serves to elevate the soul of the deceased - it adds holiness - in the […]

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Monday Talmud Event

CHAPTER SIYYUM! October 26 at 9:15 a.m. We have finished a WHOLE CHAPTER of Talmud after more than two years! Come join us Monday morning at 9:15 a.m. as we celebrate and start the second chapter of Masechet Rosh Hashanah.  BRING YOUR FAVORITE DRINK, CAFFEINATED, ALCOHOLIC, OR ANYTHING ELSE TO CELEBRATE! ALL ARE WELCOME! Check […]

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11/6/2020: Shababababa!

Friday, November 6 A way for multi-generational families, even those in different cities, to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic!   Join Rabbi Adelson over Zoom for Shababababa! Put the chicken in the pot, sing Lekha Dodi, and do kiddush together at 5:15pm on November 6.   Grab a cup of grape juice and a bite […]

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Why Did the Tunes Change? Originally Published October 16-17, 2020.

“Gee,” said Gene.  “When I was a kid in Hebrew school, we used to sing ‘Sim Shalom’ with a great tune, echoing the ‘sim’ part!  What happened to that tune?”  Then Gil replied, “You never even went to Hebrew school!  But you’re right.  I remember a totally different ‘Ledor vador’ at the end of the […]

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Why Do We Say “le’ella le’ella” in Kaddish on the High Holidays? Originally Published October 9-10, 2020.

Normally in the middle of the Kaddish (of the various varieties, see prior column at this link), we say the line (in Aramaic): יִתְבָּרַךְ וְישְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר וְיִתְרוֹמַם וְיִתְנַשֵּׂא וְיִתְהַדַּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלַּל שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא, בְּרִיךְ הוּא, לְעֵֽלָּא מִין כׇּל־בִּרְכָתָא וְשִׁירָתָא תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחָמָתָא דָּאֲמִירָן בְּעָלְמָא, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן May the name of the Holy One be acknowledged and […]

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Metatron? Originally Published October 2-3, 2020.

Under the somewhat escapist cerebration recommended us by William Shakespeare in Hamlet, Act I Scene 5, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy…,” we visit today with Metatron.  This question came from one of Rabbi Mark Goodman’s Wednesday classes, which we highly recommend. Metatron’s name sounds […]

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