The rhythms of Jewish life surround some basic skills and prayers that every Jew should have. Here at ASBI ללמוד ולהרויח – Learn & Earn, we want to encourage you to master them! And when you do — you’ll earn gift certificates to your choice of Windy City Sweets, Starbucks or Unabridged Books!!


Click to “Learning List” on this site and check out the different options of things you can learn. If there are some here that you already know from home or school, choose something else! This is about learning, after all. Each option comes with some resources to help you study, and a general sense of how well you need to know that thing — some will say “memorize” and some will say “read perfectly.” If you need some help or want a chevrusa to study with you, let Rabbanit Leah know (rabbanit@asbi.org). Even if you don’t need help but just want to let her know that you’re working on something, she’s always excited to cheer you on!

When you feel you’ve mastered a skill, ping Rabbanit Leah at rabbanit@asbi.org and set up a time to show off your skill. If you still need some tweaks, she’ll help you get there. When you’ve totally rocked it, we’ll present you with a certificate on Shabbat morning, add you to our honor board and also give you your choice of reward!

Learn & Earn Hanukkah Special

After lighting candles each night with the appropriate blessings, we recite the following short prayer of intention:
הַנֵּרוֹת הַלָּלוּ שֶׁאָנוּ מַדְלִיקִין, עַל הַנִּסִּים וְעַל הַנִּפְלָאוֹת וְעַל הַתְּשׁוּעוֹת וְעַל הַמִּלְחָמוֹת, שֶׁעָשִׂיתָ לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בַּזְּמַן הַזֶּה, עַל יְדֵי כֹּהֲנֶיךָ הַקְּדוֹשִׁים. וְכָל שְׁמוֹנַת יְמֵי הַחֲנֻכָּה הַנֵּרוֹת הַלָּלוּ קֹדֶשׁ הֵם וְאֵין לָנוּ רְשׁוּת לְהִשְׁתַּמֵּשׁ בָּהֶם, אֶלָּא לִרְאוֹתָם בִּלְבָד, כְּדֵי לְהוֹדוֹת וּלְהַלֵּל לְשִׁמְךָ הַגָּדוֹל עַל נִסֶּיךָ וְעַל נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ וְעַל יְשׁוּעָתֶךָ
We kindle these lights on account of the miracles, the deliverances and the wonders which thou didst work for our fathers, by means of thy holy priests. During all the eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, neither is it permitted us to make any profane use of them; but we are only to look at them, in order that we may give thanks unto thy name for thy miracles, thy deliverances and thy wonders.

Hanerot halalu she’anu madlikin
Al hanissim ve’al haniflaot
v’al hatshu-ot ve’al hamilchamot
She-asita la’avoteynu
Bayamim hahem, bazman hazeh
Al yedey kohanecha hakdoshim.

Vechol shmonat yemey Chanukah
Hanerot halalu kodesh hem,
Ve-ein lanu reshut lehishtamesh bahem
Ela lirotam bilvad
Kedai lehodot u’lehallel leshimcha hagadol
Al nissecha veal nifleotecha ve-al yeshuatecha.

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