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Remembering Bubbe Risha (I)

This Shabbat (Noach 5779) is the second yartzeit of my grandmother Bubbe Risha Piekarski. I (and some of my siblings) lived in her and my grandfather Zeide Michel’s home (1672 President Street, near Utica Ave) for nearly ten years while … Read the rest

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Students Speak on Staying Afloat

At Shabbos Lunch of Parsha Noach, we went “around the table” with each student sharing something that helps them stay afloat in times of pressure or stress, when they feel overwhelmed. What are some of your coping mechanisms?

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Staying Afloat

Our Simchat Torah “dancing-rabbi”image had been our profile picture for more than a week after the holiday, and while we wish for the Simchat Torah spirit to linger, we realized it’s time to change our profile picture. 

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Two Firsts, Two Priorities

As an additional commentary to the verse, Rashi (the great biblical commentator) veers off the literal meaning and parses the first word of the Torah “Breishis” into two: Bais (the letter Bais has a numerical value of 2) & Reishis … Read the rest

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An Historic Saw Mill & Grist Mill and (Jewish) Life

When all the kids are home for the holidays and they’re off from their Jewish school we like to go out on (wallet-friendly and family-friendly) outings and excursions, called “Chol HaMoed Trips.” This is actually a tradition in more traditional … Read the rest

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UAlbany Thinks of Israel – Sukkot 2018

For several years now, the 2nd night in the Sukkah is designated as our Israeli night, with Israeli foods, a theme, and usually student memories of Israel. Great Danes for Israel co-sponsored this night in the Sukkah and ran an Read the rest

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The Etrog Tea Set

by Rabbi Shlomo Galperin

Getting an Etrog was a big deal in the Russian Jewish underground. The search started in the summertime. Often there were “tourists” from the West visiting various cities in the Soviet Union. As part of their … Read the rest

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Spice Night in the Sukkah 2018

The first night in the Sukkah this 2018 (5779) was called “Spice Night” with Challah that have Everything Spice on it, there were spicy roasted chickpeas, Chili-Eggplant, a Garlic-Crouton Caesar Salad, we had hot Curry-Butternut Squash soup, etc etc..

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Look Up to Look Forward

On the Shabbat before Sukkot we shared some perspective learned from UAlbany Mascot Lil ‘D a few years ago.

Here’s the link to the time when Mendel put on Lil ‘D’s head and learned that you see through it’s mouth Read the rest

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A Yom Kippur Message from a Public Library

The Upper Hudson Library System (comprised of 36 Libraries in Albany & Rensselaer counties) has a new challenge this year, to visit as many (or all!) of the 36 libraries in the system. Some libraries are big city libraries, others … Read the rest

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