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Jewish Daily Forward: A Chicago Orthodox rabbi reaches out to his Rohingya and Black neighbors

Posted on June 17, 2021

By Joshua Flanders

Read the original story in the Jewish Daily Forward here.

In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out.

As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals, and other accessibility issues as simple as welcoming different styles of worship.… Read the rest

Can Halakha Go It Alone, Without Kierkegaard?

Posted on October 26, 2021

By Ysoscher Katz (Chair, Talmud Department), for The Times of Israel

Reflections Inspired by Dr. Aaron Koller’s Book Unbinding Isaac

Dr. Aaron Koller’s new book, Unbinding Isaac, nearly pulls the rug out from underneath my theological edifice, but I nevertheless strongly recommend the book. … Read the rest

I’m a Rabbi With Mental Illness and I’m Done Trying to Hide My Pain

Posted on July 20, 2021

By Rabbi Avram Mlotek (’15), for Alma.

Content warning: suicidal ideation

I live with bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. As a rabbi, cantor, actor and author, that’s not how I usually introduce myself. But this summer I spent three and a half weeks at an in-patient facility tending to my mental health and that was how I usually identified myself.… Read the rest

A Human Issue

Posted on July 19, 2021

By Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff (Rebbe & Director of Community Learning) for eJewishPhilanthropy

What is your solution to the climate crisis?

That is my question to everyone who was disappointed with President Biden’s revocation of the Keystone XL pipeline permit last week.… Read the rest

Living Jewishly Podcast: Judaism and Mental Health

Posted on July 19, 2021

Can Judaism make you sick?

There are many studies that highlight the positive effects of religious life — greater contentment, a feeling of community, and a strong sense of purpose.

But what about the negative effects of religion?

How should we think about and deal with the guilt, shame, fear, and disordered behaviours that religion can bring up in some people?… Read the rest

Jews are leaving France amid anti-Semitism. Emile Ackermann (‘23) and his wife Myriam are staying.

Posted on May 26, 2021

Where in France did you grow up?

I grew up in Strasbourg. It’s in France, near Germany. 

What was the Jewish environment like there?

I grew up in an Orthodox environment, so I’ve been learning Jewish texts in a Jewish environment since I was born.… Read the rest

A Letter from Rabbi Linzer regarding the Violence in Israel – May 14 ,2021

Posted on May 14, 2021

Dear Friends,

For the last several days, we have watched in pain the escalating violence in Israel and the meaningless loss of life. The toll of individuals killed and injured rises every day. As sirens wail and babies scream for their mothers, Israel’s citizens are scrambling into bomb shelters and watching rockets surge towards their homes.… Read the rest

Shavuot Reader 2021

Posted on May 6, 2021 In collaboration with Yeshivat Maharat and the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), YCT has created a collection of Shavuot 2021 readings. Click here to download. Click here to purchase


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Passover 2021 Supplement

Posted on March 23, 2021 In collaboration with Yeshivat Maharat and the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), YCT has created a collection of Passover 2021 readings. Access the reader here.


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Why Being a Rabbi Led Me to Participate in the Novavax Vaccine Trial

Posted on February 11, 2021

By Rabbi Uri Topolosky (’05), for Washington Jewish Week

For two years in a row, our congregation has concluded Yom Kippur under the stars — this past year due to COVID, and the year before after a 3-year-old boy pulled the fire alarm with 20 minutes left in Neilah.… Read the rest