Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Rabbi Cosnowsky Jewish-Life

Being Jewish Isn't Always Easy

The sentiment, “S'iz shver tzu zain a Yid - it's difficult to be a Jew,"  reminds me of the  ...

"With a Mighty Hand and an Outstretched Arm."

"With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm."

When we hear this sentence, many of us ...

A New Year

Tonight we turn the page to a New Year. We begin the eve of the New Year 5775 and are commanded to hear the sound of the shofar on the first of Tishrei. It is a mitzvah to do so because the sound of the shofar reminds...

Shavuot

This year, Shavuot begins on Tuesday night June 3rd. We will have our 7:00 PM festival service, along with our students who have had their B'nai Mitzvah this past year, come and read the maftir from...

Pesach Sheini

This year, at my Passover seder, a lady approached me to ask me what she could do to help her daughter. Her daughter was away at college, unable to participate in a Passover seder because she had finals and she was stuck...

Torah Portion Terumah

This week's Torah portion, Terumah, is very significant in our Torah reading cycle. At first glance, it seems like a plea for fundraising and for everyone to bring their best gifts, talents and generosity...

Tu B'Shevat

As we continue the Torah cycle reading about our Exodus from Egypt, we also begin to celebrate the renewal that is occurring in Israel. That is, the fifteenth of Shevat (this month in the Hebrew calendar) is...