Mishkan Blog

Wherever You Live, It’s Probably Egypt

JOIN HANDS AND START MARCHING As we read the first chapters in the book of Exodus this Shabbos, our country has ushered in a new set of leaders. A day that once seemed impossibly far off, a surreal and distant unlikelihood, has arrived. I'm always astounded by the...

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Light Up Your Consciousness

Hanukkah Blessings from the Jewish Emergent Network Why do we add a candle for each night of Hanukkah?  As Hillel the Sage once said, l’ma’alin b’kodesh, to increase the sacred: every act we perform should increase holiness in the world. We add a candle each night to...

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We’re with you

The World Turned Upside-Down My guess is that, like all of us at Mishkan, you've spent much of the day processing the events of the last 24 hours. Deep disappointment, outrage, anxiety, sadness and even terror have been among feelings expressed by people I've spoken...

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When We Call Out

Mishkanite Ben Halbig's words on Isaiah @ Mishkan Yom Kippur. Good morning. I’m Ben. I grew up on the East Coast, but Chicago has been my adopted home for the better part of the past decade – first as an undergrad in Hyde Park, and now as a practicing lawyer living in...

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Stand and Be Counted!

A sneak preview for reading Torah on Rosh HaShannah. It's kind of a strange practice to read the same story every year, again and again, on the High Holidays. Do we think there's going to be something in there this year that wasn't there last year? Here's the...

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