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Phyllis Sommer
Works at Am Shalom
Attends Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Lives in Highwood, IL
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#BlogElul 12: Forgive
I still think that God should be asking forgiveness from us. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional ...
I still think that God should be asking forgiveness from us. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the...
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#BlogElul 10: Count
I used to count everything. All the time. Into fours. one-two-three-four One for you and one for you and one for you and one for you. But now there are only three where once there were four. I still count. All the time. one-two-three-silentfour One for you ...
I used to count everything. All the time. Into fours. one-two-three-four One for you and one for you and one for you and one for you. But now there are only three where once there were four. I still count. All the time. one-t...
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#BlogElul 8: Hear
If you sit really really really still then you can hear the sound of growing grass rising sun floating feathers.... If you sit really really really still then you can hear the sound of your own heart your own breath your own self.... If you sit really reall...
If you sit really really really still then you can hear the sound of growing grass rising sun floating feathers.... If you sit really really really still then you can hear the sound of your own heart your own breath your own ...
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#BlogElul 6: Know
Knowledge is power. There's a certainty in knowing. Knowing what you want Knowing who you are Knowing why you exist. There's a concrete feeling. A solidity. Knowledge builds a foundation. And when you don't know cracks develop in that foundation... you have...
Knowledge is power. There's a certainty in knowing. Knowing what you want Knowing who you are Knowing why you exist. There's a concrete feeling. A solidity. Knowledge builds a foundation. And when you don't know cracks develo...
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#BlogElul 4: Understand
We seek understanding. We want to know. We want to "get it." We want to comprehend. Some things are far far far beyond understanding. But that doesn't stop me from trying. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time ...
We seek understanding. We want to know. We want to "get it." We want to comprehend. Some things are far far far beyond understanding. But that doesn't stop me from trying. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Hol...
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#BlogElul 2: Act
It's all an act. Every day. Putting on a mask to find the quiet space inside. It's all an act. Every day. Getupgetdressedgetgoing. It's all an act. Every day. A piece of the story always missing. It's all an act. Every day. Smiling through tears. Breathing ...
It's all an act. Every day. Putting on a mask to find the quiet space inside. It's all an act. Every day. Getupgetdressedgetgoing. It's all an act. Every day. A piece of the story always missing. It's all an act. Every day. S...
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Caught Up
There's a lot of busy-ness to this time of year. Busy is good. It keeps my mind on my task, focused on the child in front of me. It keeps my mind focused on her needs or on his needs, on making a lunch or packing a backpack or did you take a sweatshirt? And...
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#BlogElul 9: See
Seeing everything in color is better than seeing in black and white. At least that's what they say. But sometimes the world feels softer gentler quieter when you see it in shades of gray... The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is tra...
Seeing everything in color is better than seeing in black and white. At least that's what they say. But sometimes the world feels softer gentler quieter when you see it in shades of gray... The Jewish month of Elul, which pre...
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#BlogElul 7: Be
Can you ever be yourself if you're not sure who you are? The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to b...
Can you ever be yourself if you're not sure who you are? The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Day...
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#BlogElul 5: Accept
Elul asks us to accept that we must change. Elul asks us to accept that we are all changeable. Elul asks us to accept what we can't change. Elul asks us to accept ourselves and each other. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is trad...
Elul asks us to accept that we must change. Elul asks us to accept that we are all changeable. Elul asks us to accept what we can't change. Elul asks us to accept ourselves and each other. The Jewish month of Elul, which prec...
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#BlogElul 3: Search
Looking. Seeking. Hunting. Exploring. Wondering. Questing. Inspecting. In Elul we search. But... do we ever find? The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritua...
Looking. Seeking. Hunting. Exploring. Wondering. Questing. Inspecting. In Elul we search. But... do we ever find? The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection...
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#blogElul 1: Prepare
Get ready.... get set... go. It's GO time. Get going. Get moving. Get doing. Don't just sit there. Move. Do something. Be something. Be someone. Do it now. Don't wait. Don't put it off. Don't let it sit. Get it done today. Now. Are you ready? The Jewish mon...
Get ready.... get set... go. It's GO time. Get going. Get moving. Get doing. Don't just sit there. Move. Do something. Be something. Be someone. Do it now. Don't wait. Don't put it off. Don't let it sit. Get it done tod...
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Rabbi Mama
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  • Am Shalom
    Associate Rabbi, 2003 - present
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Highwood, IL
Previously
Brown Deer, WI - Cincinnati, OH - Jerusalem
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I am a mama of 4 beautiful children and married to a wonderful man. I am blessed to work as a rabbi at a wonderful congregation on the northshore of Chicago, Am Shalom in Glencoe. I teach Torah and share life-events with my congregants and my family, and I blog about my escapades in real-life Jewish parenting and living.

I firmly believe that Jewish life, like all life, is not "all or nothing" and I try to demonstrate this in my own actions and teaching.

Education
  • Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
    Certificate in Jewish Education, present
  • Hebrew Union College
    Rabbinics, 1998 - 2003
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Journalism, 1994 - 1998
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