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On May 14th, Marc Brown spon- sored a breakfast in observance of the yahrzeit of his mother, Helene Brown, of blessed memory.

Mazel Tov and best wishes to Akiba- Schechter Jewish Day School 7th grader, Hannah Given, who is the Regional Champion in the Chidon HaTanach (Bible Contest) and will be traveling to New York in May for the National Competition. Hannah achieved the highest score in the country in the regional competition. Yasher Koach Hannah on this stunning achievement! And good luck in New York!!

The Chicago Loop Synagogue wel- comes into membership the following individuals: Lawrence & Linda Friedman.

On April 1st, Gary & Robert Wigoda sponsored a breakfast in observance of the yahrzeit of their father, Paul Wigoda, of blessed memory.

On April 1st and 2nd, the Chicago Loop Synagogue facilitated the annual Passover Lunch program. Over 120 people joined us and enjoyed both wonderful food and Divrei Torah.

Midrashic Miniatures

The evil impulse convinces each man that sinning will bring what he seeks most – pleasure, wealth, fame. But it is like a boy who teases his friends by ask- ing them to guess what is in his tightly clenched hand. Each person guesses that the hand conceals what is particu- larly desirable to himself. But when the hand is opened, it is found to contain – nothing.

Rabbi Nachman Bratzlaver.

When I can see no other way of teaching a certain truth except by pleas- ing one intelligent man and displeasing ten thousand fools, I prefer to address myself to the one man and to take no notice whatever of the multitude.

Maimonides, Guide, Introduction.

The Sixteenth Annual Scholar-In- Residence Program took place during the weekend of May 7th - 9th and was extremely well attended. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Scholar, Activist, Author & Lecturer, Founder & Dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah-The Open Orthodox Rabbinical Seminary, New York, Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Bronx, New York and National President of the Coalition of Jewish Concerns, was the guest scholar. This program was made possible through a grant from the Arthur Rubloff Memorial Fund to Perpetuate Jewish Study.

Once, the Baal Shem Tov stopped on the threshold of a House of Prayer and refused to go in. “I cannot go in,” he said. It is crowded with teachings and prayers from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. How could there be room for me?” And when he saw that those around him were staring at him and did not know what he meant, he added: “The words from the lips of those whose teaching and praying does not come from the hearts lifted to heaven, cannot rise, but fill the room from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling.”

Hasidic tale.


If a man is destined to drown he will drown even in a spoonful of water.

Yiddish proverb.

The famous rabbinic author of the Levushe Sered was rabbi of a small Polish town, Soroco. He accepted a position in another town because of the constant quarreling and bickering among his congregants. As was the custom in those days, all of the synagogue and community leaders accompanied the rabbi to the outskirts of the town as he began his journey to his new position. He looked back at the town, and exclaimed, “My what a beautiful city Soroco is!” “But, rabbi, his congregants protested, “You have always said that Soroco is an ugly town.” “True, true, that is what I did say. But that was when you were all there. Now that you are all outside the city limits, Soroco is, indeed, a beautiful place!”

Folk tale.

The Almighty has willed that there be two hands in the matter of charity – one that gives and one that receives. Be thankful that yours is the hand that gives. Open a hand of compassion to the poor. Say not, “I will miss what I give.” Be like the sheep who give their wool and have no less the next year because they have given.

Sefer Hasidim.

An evil fate pursues with me With unrelenting spite; If I sold lamps and candles, The sun would shine all night. I cannot, cannot prosper No matter what I try – Were selling shrouds my business, No man would ever die!

Abraham Ibn Ezra.

Plan for this world as if you were to live forever; plan for the hereafter as if you were to die tomorrow.

Ibn Gabirol, Mivhar Hapninim 512.

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