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Tazria-Metzorah Takeaways

Tazria and Metzorah are two Torah portions that are often read together as a double-Parsha. The bulk of both these Torah portions speaks of “Tzaraat” some biblical form of a physically manifested spiritual affliction that could affect skin, clothing or … Read the rest

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Favorite Israeli Foods

Sometimes we ask deeper questions, sometimes lighter ones. This conversation “going-around” question was about Israeli foods and snacks or eateries. Can’t remember what everyone shared or exactly who said what, but here’s what we did remember. If we missed yours Read the rest

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Puff the Kosher Dragon

We’re bringing back – at least for this week – one of the oldest Jewish parodies off a secularly popular song. In some Chabad Houses this is still sung quite regularly. You can find one version of the lyrics here: … Read the rest

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“Archways” for Passover 5781/2021 enrichment

Welcome to our third edition of “Archways in Torah” for the Passover holiday of 5781/2021.  

Click here to download/view/print this 30-page PDF file of “Archways” for Passover 5781/2021.

We first began this “Archways” publication concept for Shavuot 2020 when … Read the rest

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Passover Changes for 2021

Passover is eternal! It is everlasting! We keep it from generation to generation! Of course… But due to Erev (day before) Pesach of 2021 falling on Shabbat there are some slight but significant calendar changes this year. 

3/25: Fast & Read the rest

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Seder Song Symbolism

Years ago we did a Torah-Tuesday class on this, exploring the meaning and messages in the traditional songs of the Passover Seder. Many of those songs, especially Chad-Gadya and Who Knows One?, while not part of the Chabad Haggadah liturgy, … Read the rest

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Especially for Passover 2021, 3 Relevant Messages

Here are 3 messages especially relevant to Passover 2021:

First of all, the unusual timing of Erev Pesach falling on Shabbat (it happens next in 2025 but after that not again until 2045!) with the first Seder on a Saturday Read the rest

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The Expanding Pot of Rice in Shanghai

Rice in on the menu this Shabbat at Shabbos House. And its also the subject of a story that was often told by the Lubavitch Yeshiva students (including Raizy’s grandfather R’ Hirschel Fox and Mendel’s grandfather R’ Moshe Rubin) who … Read the rest

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Covid Costs to our Environmental Impact

Covid comes with a lot of costs: It has resulted in a major loss of life, including people we know – members of our extended family and friends. We have young alumni who struggled and struggle with long-term medical effects … Read the rest

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Student Inspiration shared at Purim Meal 2021 at UAlbany

This Purim Meal 2021 began earlier on Friday afternoon and went into Shabbat, with all present sharing various thoughts, messages and inspiration over the course of the meal interspersed with songs, good food and good times, and lots of conversation … Read the rest

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