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The Book of Gold & The Case for Books

Two Books on Books:

At night at bedtime I read “The Book of Gold” (by Bob Staake) to Rivka, our youngest. It’s a picture book about a boy named Isaac Gutenberg who has no interest in books (or anything like … Read the rest

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Immersion as a Litmus Test for Moisture

Here’s a tweet I wrote before Shabbat, for today’s (4/7/22) #1ChapterRambam daily study tweet (a challenge I took up for this 3-year study cycle) and it ties into this week’s Torah portion of Metzora as well:

“Moisture” is a sign Read the rest

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The Whole Wide World is Waiting… I Am Also Waiting…

Songwriter and singer R’ Shlomo Carlebach who composed a great many Jewish melodies (including many of the very familiar classics) has this song about “Mizmor Shir L’Yom HaShabbos” that has these two English stanzas. You can listen to one version Read the rest

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Lowly!

A day or two before Shabbat, the Wordle word was LOWLY – not the easiest word, with two L’s and a Y.

What comes to mind when you think of lowly? Down at the bottom, in the dirt, of low-rank … Read the rest

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What makes Passover 2022 Different?

Every Passover is special, of course. In addition to our old (but still relevant!) online collection of links and tidbits and nuggets that we’ve shared over the years, see below for some tweets and thoughts we’re putting together this year … Read the rest

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Thoughts on “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”

David I. came back from UAlbany Spring Break 2022 with a classic picture-book from his father’s childhood titled “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig. Incidentally, William Steig (yes, he was Jewish, not that this impacts the message or … Read the rest

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Ukraine 2022… and the Departed Cloud of Glory & Dismantled Mishkan at the Climax of Shemot

All week we’ve been following the saga in Ukraine, at first with the Chabad Shluchim eager to try and stay with their communities which they are so tied and dedicated to and have built up all these years, and in … Read the rest

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Ukraine, Chili Cookoff, Woodstock, and UAlbany

Yes, this “Mendel’s Message” tries to tie a bunch of very disconnected things together. But the message (see below) is valuable either way.

Ukraine, of course, is very much on everyone’s mind. It’s in the news, its a global issue. … Read the rest

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The Alphabet’s Alphabet Message

We got this children’s picture book from the library last week. Wanted to share it with you this Shabbat as it has a relevant Parsha “Vayakhel” message.

The book’s title is “The Alphabet’s Alphabet”, written by Chris Harris and illustrated … Read the rest

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A “Mr. Shabbat” in Ukrainian War-Zone

Of course, of course, the situation in Ukraine is very much on our minds and hearts.

Ukraine may be far away, half-way across the world, but in many ways it hits much closer. The many thoughts and feelings and concerns… … Read the rest

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