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A Step to Freedom, My Own Exodus

by Rabbi Shlomo Galperin

I was born in the former Soviet Union and raised there by my parents and grandparents. My family persisted in maintaining Jewish and Chabad Chassidic observance in private, despite the Communist attempt to stamp out religion … Read the rest

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A Six-Month Niggun

My father, Rabbi Yisroel Rubin, shared this memory of his youth in Montreal. 

Reb Peretz Mochkin was the Mashpiya, the Chassidic mentor of the Chabad community of Montreal. He was a beloved, wise Chassid, steeped both in the richest Chassidic … Read the rest

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A Passover Wish: Freedom from Anxiety

The Rebbe has so many beautiful and inspiring communal and individual pre-Passover letters. This short, beautiful letter shares a Passover wish of freedom from anxiety.

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3 Ways to Disown Chametz before Passover

Spoiler alert: We do all three.

Chametz (which includes all leavened products ranging from bread, cake and cookies to vodka, whiskey and beer) is a peculiar Torah prohibition. On one hand it is more lenient, being a limited restriction which … Read the rest

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A Tale of Two Verses of Beresheet’s Lunar Crash

Like many other Jews, Israelis, and space enthusiasts all around the world, we have been enthusiastically following the journey of #Beresheet, Israel’s SpaceIL lunar lander’s space journey with excitement and anticipation. Our kids school has been learning along with it, … Read the rest

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3 Torahs and Auto Eco-Mode

This weekend, thanks to a confluence of calendar factors we take 3 Torahs out of the Ark and read from all three. (1) the regular weekly Torah portion, this week “Tazria” (2) it happens to be Rosh Chodesh, the first … Read the rest

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Afikoman Matzah and Zecharia Baumel’s Tzitzit

The big thing this Shabbat is the Desserts. We have six desserts in this year’s Bakeoff to taste, enjoy and vote for your favorite. 

It’s two weeks to Passover. So here’s a dessert question about Passover. Why is Afikoman Matzah called … Read the rest

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Larry Kagan’s “Shadow Art” & Chassidus on Creation

Larry Kagan’s fascinating “Shadow Art” exhibit is on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art until June 2019. I have been so taken by the brilliance and depth and its meaningful relevance that I have gone there first … Read the rest

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Keeping a Half-Shekel Coin in Your Wallet

The biblical “Machtzit HaShekel” Half-Shekel contribution to the Mishkan tabernacle is a special seasonal Torah reading in the weeks leading up to Purim. It’s a half-coin piece, in America it would be something like a 50 cent piece. I was … Read the rest

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Don’t Walk in Front of Me… Song and Commentary

There’s a popular Jewish camp song (sung also at Hebrew schools and JCC’s etc) that seems to have been mistakenly attributed to Albert Camus, and author is (presently) unknown. It goes something like this (with a few variations):

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