Mishkan Blog

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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Why We Should Stop Talking About God

An Eli Talk Response by Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann In the Twelve-Step recovery programs, the first step is recognizing that we are not fully in charge of our lives and that we need to turn our lives over to a Higher Power, however we understand it. For many Jews, that idea...

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Growth Mind, Beginners Mind

What was the beginning of Rabbi Akiva? They say that he was forty years old, and had not learned anything. Once, he was standing at the opening of a well. He said, “Who carved this rock?”. They said to him, “It’s the water that constantly falls on it every day.” They...

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