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February 24, 2018   I  Home Sweet Home 

I thought the koala would be a crowd-pleaser!  But rather than cuddly Australian wildlife, what I really want to write about this week is a lesson shared by my teacher, Rabbi Shai Held, at a class for clergy taught earlier this fall here in Chicago.  Speaking to a group of colleagues during the week immediately preceding the High Holidays, Held encouraged us to fight against our better instincts and to listen to his lecture not with sermons in mind but rather with a spirit of Torah lishma (Torah for its own sake), something that Jewish professionals don't always experience amidst the constant pressure to preach and teach.  Continue reading

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