Author Archives: Rabbi Adam Chalom

About Rabbi Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago. He is also the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.

In Person

What does it mean to be “in person”? Thoughts for a very different Jewish New Year 2020/5781. Continue reading

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Time and Space 2020

Time and Space 2020
Written for a very different Jewish New Year. Continue reading

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Five Jewish Questions – High Holidays 2020/5781

We are told that asking questions, and answering questions with questions, is very Jewish. What must we ask and answer today, now, in this moment? Continue reading

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“I do not have the words”

Sometimes, even when we do not have the words, we still must do something. Continue reading

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Shabbat Alone and Together

Jewish tradition says, “do not separate yourself from the community,” but it also says, “choose life!” Continue reading

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Values Voting

This post first appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in February/March 2020 Ready or not, here comes another national campaign year. Primaries, debates, rallies, fundraising appeals, op-eds and Facebook posts. And finally, long after we have had enough, a chance … Continue reading

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Old Challeges Anew – The Reality of Mortality (Yom Kippur Memorial 5780)

Just because we have been saying goodbye for thousands of years does not mean it has gotten easier. Continue reading

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Old Challenges Anew – What Can We Do (Yom Kippur 5780/2019)

Don’t do nothing just because you can’t do everything! Continue reading

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Old Challenges Anew – Jewish Future (Yom Kippur 5780/2019)

Is the kiddush cup half-empty and draining, or half-full and rising? Continue reading

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Old Challenges Anew – Political Civil War (Rosh Hashana 5780/2019

We are heirs of this experiment in holy disagreement; I hope we have learned its lessons well. Continue reading

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