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Changes at UAlbany Basketball Courts

Since so many of you have played on the outdoor basketball courts – situated on campus on the way to/from Shabbos House – here’s an update and insight from those courts as we drove to school one day soon after
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Meeting the Motorcyclist before Shavuot

This post comes off a short tweet thread I wrote after meeting this motorcyclist at a long stoplight a few days before the Shavuot holiday of 5781/2021:

A well-endowed motorcycle, loaded with suitcase & bag compartments pulled up alongside me
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Why always Bamidbar before Shavuot

There are many reasons given (the significance and meaning) as to why #Bamidbar (the Torah reading titled “in the Wilderness/Desert”) is always read before #Shavuot, the festival of the Giving of the Torah:

One is that Torah wasn’t given in
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Ordering & Picking Up

We love to find relevance and connection between current events and life experiences and the Torah portion(s) of the week. So first, here’s something important that happened in our Jewish campus community this week and then we’ll connect it (albeit … Read the rest

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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.

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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. 

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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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