This week, we are commanded to rest on Shabbat. This is a day that has kept the Jewish people and our peace of mind. The 7 day week system and especially the day of rest is a beautiful gift that the Jewish people gave the world, and something every person, no matter race or religion can benefit from. May everyone
This week is all about forgiveness. When Moses comes down from the mountain to see that his people have created a golden calf to praise instead of the god who redeemed them from Egypt. God does not abandon them, he has Moses return with the 10 Commandments and forgives his people. May we all give other the chance to forgive
This week’s portion is about decorating the priests and the tabernacle. Right now in Israel, we are celebrating the blooming of spring flowers, beauty dotting the desert, mountains and plains of the holy land. May we all feel that something colorful is beginning to bloom this weekend! Shabbat Shalom! Photo: Calaniot blooming by Amatzia, Israel by Talia Jacobson
Join us once again, for our 10th production of a Purim Shpiel, based (loosely) upon the Story of Esther. Each year, we write, produce, direct, act, sing, dance, and dress up in custom made costumes to tell the story of Esther & Purim through musical theater. This year, in Young Esther Stein (YES), we use the characters from the scary
This week is all about the artful details of creating the traveling tabernacle, the home of the Ten Commandments. This is a physical endeavor to express a feeling of holiness for the Children of Israel. May we all ensure to care and make an effort for the people, things and ideas that are important to us. Shabbat Shalom! Photo: Ein
This week’s Torah portion “Mishpatim”, which means “rules” or “ordinances”, is derived from the Hebrew word “shaphat” (to judge) and highlights Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. These rules cover a wide range of civil, criminal, ritual, financial and family laws. “Now these are the rules that you shall set before them.” Holding such values builds trust and sets expectations
This week, we receive the Ten Commandments and become a people. With a land we are heading to, a language we speak and a lifestyle to follow, we are complete. This is the start to a beautiful beginning of peoplehood. Shabbat Shalom! Photo: The Almond Blossoms in Jerusalem, Talia Jacobson.
This Sunday night marks the starts Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, or the 15th of Shevat, the New Year for Trees. According to tradition, Tu B’Shvat is the day when all the rain and nutrients have been fully absorbed into the earth and have begun to climb the tree in the hopes of becoming fruit. This is the point in
The holidays are an opportunity to enjoy family, friends, food, drink and customs, as well as ethnic and religious rituals. In addition to joyous experiences, like giving and receiving cards, gifts and donations, the holidays can also bring feelings of sadness, stress, disappointment, depression and loneliness to the surface, especially when we have experienced a loss. Not everyone is “happy”
As we celebrate Chanukah, we are reminded of our responsibility to increase light in the world. It is our hope that we can all join together to share the light that is within us all. Happy Chanukah from David Jacobson and everyone at Chicago Jewish Funerals!