Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

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Taste of Passover

Passover will soon be upon us. Spring in Chicago is a time not only for spring cleaning, but also a time for renewal and reflection.

As part of the ceremony of Spring, we have our Festival holiday of Pesach (Passover) when we traditionally rid our...

Kol Nidre Sermon 5779

My colleague, Rabbi Zoe Klein Miles, posted an amazing story a few months ago on Facebook, which inspired me to write this sermon. Her story is of repentance or Teshuvah in Hebrew - and it captures the very essence of which the High Holidays are about....

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 2018

I recently received this email. It said, “Dear Rabbi, we have decided to not renew our synagogue membership. I want to thank you for being a wonderful Rabbi. Unfortunately, I don't think the temple is a good fit for us as family- we never...

Jewish Views of The Afterlife

Rabbi Cosnowsky gave a follow up lecture of the Jewish Views of the Afterlife for the Foundation on 25th. If you happened to miss the program, you can still hear it!

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Yom Kippur 5778 - “Preparing for Life and Death”

       In Pirke Avot it says, “Reflect upon three things and you will not come to sin. Know from where you came and where you are going and before whom you are destined to give account and...

Rosh Hashanah 5778- The Case for Supporting Israel

          There’s a central prayer in our High Holiday Liturgy called Avinu Malkeinu - Sometimes translated as, “our father, Our King” The story behind the etymology of the prayer is...

Standing With Israel

When I was seven years old, my Congregation, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, took us to my first march to support the State of Israel. The photo of me holding one end of my congregation’s banner that came out in our regional newspaper, the Reporter...

Shavuot Customs

The holiday of Shavuot is quickly approaching. On Shavuot, we say the words, "Z'man matan Torateinu," “time time of the giving of our Torah.” We say we were given Torah at Mt. Sinai, rather than it was received. That is, the Torah was a gift...

Passover Questions

The Haggadah tells us that God redeemed us with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Following 413 years of slavery and affliction, God sent the plagues to our oppressors, and we were about to leave Egypt. However, the Pharaoh reconsidered his decision...

Benefiting from Bridges

Last November, we welcomed a Torah from Wheaton College which was donated on permanent loan and placed in our ark. Since that time, we have kept the Torah on display in our ark, and will be using it during the Bat Mitzvah of Willa Fidlow in the coming...

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