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  • My Problem with Tisha B’Av

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    August 4, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    On Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew Month of Av), we mourn both destructions of the Holy Temple and a myriad of other atrocities that the Jewish People have suffered on this notorious day.  We fast and read the Book of Eicha, which describes the sacking of Jerusalem, “Her... read on

  • The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    May 17, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Go on an archaeological tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and the guide will undoubtedly explain to you how the stairs leading up to the Holy Temple was a spiritual experience. The act of climbing them forced one to humble oneself. I try to imagine the experience of climbing those... read on

  • Oh Jerusalem

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    April 20, 2014 | 7:55 am

    I haven’t blogged for a little while.  I think deep down the reason is because I have dreaded writing these next two blogs: a farewell to Jerusalem and a farewell to my year of study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

    “If I forget you Jerusalem…” These words can be found... read on

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  • All of Our Children

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    February 23, 2014 | 3:11 am

    It’s been twenty-five years since I attended Solomon Schechter Day School and climbed onto a bus with one of my parents for a field trip.  Six weeks ago, I boarded a bus as a Rabbinical Student with my Dad and we set out for the Gush. Rabbi Matt Berkowitz, the Director of the... read on

  • Love It, Live It

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    January 6, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    This week marks the halfway point in my family’s ten-month stay here in Israel.  And I’ve been asked several times what is the most memorable moment so far. So here it is…

    My wife Blair and I had the pleasure of having both of our parents’ visits overlap for one week.  On the... read on

  • Tennis Anyone?

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    November 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

    This upcoming week will mark the third complete month my family and I have spent in Israel.  I love it here.  Sure, like any country, there is still a great deal for Israel to improve.  But improvements aside, as it is I love it.  So what is it that I love so much?  The spirit of... read on

  • My Teacher

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    October 27, 2013 | 11:08 pm

    American Jews believe in education.  I know that seems like a generalization, but I can’t think of a single American Jewish person who would say that education should not be a priority for their children.  So let’s say that an American Jewish child comes home to their parents from... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Nolan Lebovitz was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois.  Growing up, he belonged to North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El in Highland Park and attended Solomon Schechter Day...

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