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Digging for the Lost Ark

Digging for the Lost Ark
Adapted from the Rebbe’s Sicha (LKS Vol 21, Terumah) by Rabbi Israel Rubin

We mourn the Temple’s destruction during the Three Weeks preceding Tisha B’av. But rather than just cry over the past, we act … Read the rest

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“Kahn Bonim” – Under Construction

It is my father’s (Rabbi Israel Rubin’s) custom to print a booklet (a “Kuntres”) of his original Torah scholarship in honor of special occasions (one day may this booklets become a book!).

Being that he was unable to attend this … Read the rest

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The 1928 Plaque at Sunnyview

Some thoughts about the wording on this historical 1928 dedication plaque in the entrance lobby of “Sunnyview (which very much lives up to its name!) Rehabilitation Hospital” in Schenectady NY:

I’ve been visiting my father (Rabbi Israel Rubin) who has … Read the rest

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The One Rebbe Teaching Game-Changer

Can you point back to a singular experience or specific teaching that was a major game-changer for you?

Some people can. For most, its more about the overall cumulative effect, a spectrum of ideas or experiences over the course of … Read the rest

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Hospital Discharge to — Chabad!

Before describing our Shabbos of Gimmel Tammuz 5782/2022 (the Rebbe’s yartzeit), what happened here on Sat Night might be most telling for Rebbe’s yartzeit.

My parents home/Chabad House is the main office for regional Chabad & its first local address. … Read the rest

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The Mikvah Connection

My parents (Rabbi Israel and Rochel Rubin, may they live long and be well) have been learning together for many years. They’ve studied Talmud together, completing numerous tractates, they study the daily Chumash and for some time now, the daily … Read the rest

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Dairy on Shavuot: Reasons & Messages

Here’s a thread about the delicious & beloved dairy custom on #Shavuot & some #Torah-dairy connections. Some old tweets, some new (fitting as Torah is new & old at same time), some based on sources, others random insight. Lactose-intolerant? Messages … Read the rest

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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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