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Mentality and the Book-Movers

There’s a long, long backstory to this, both about who the late Dr. Herman Prins Salomon was, and our relationship with him, as well as how and why 180 large totes of his books and papers in five-plus different languages … Read the rest

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The Handwritten Covid Prayer Letter

We got a page plus of a handwritten letter on a lined notebook page from a woman (whom we do not know) who live a few counties south of us, whose son (age 42 and father of 4) is from … Read the rest

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YK: A Yom Kippur Collection

Below is a selection of posts and materials we’ve shared over the years for Yom Kippur. Some alumni have asked us for these materials, so we’ve collected a good deal of what we have online into one handy & accessible … Read the rest

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The Schach Windfall and the Box Truck

First a little background: The Sukkah has to be covered by cut vegetation – called “Schach” – (that isn’t made yet into something specific). Most of our Sukkah is covered by bamboo mats which fit the halachic requirements for Sukkah Read the rest

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“Mendel’s Messages”: A Rosh Hashanah Collection

We’ve posted a lot of Rosh Hashanah posts over the years, here’s a collection of links to many of them.

ROSH HASHANAH TWEETS
This is the most comprehensive link – with tidbits about Shofar, quick Machzor commentary and nuggets about Read the rest

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The Fantasy Draft Frenzy and Rosh Hashanah

On the Sat Night before Rosh Hashanah, a student burst in to our Havdalah and Pizza, laptop in hand, got right to work, immersed and invested, focused like I’ve hardly ever seen him! It took a lull in his action … Read the rest

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The More is Less Nutritionist

I was driving around doing some errands before Shabbat a week or two ago and WAMC had a nutritionist named Nicole Rodriguez on their VoxPop call-in show program. OK, I know I could lose weight and all that, but it … Read the rest

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TPMS: An Indicator or a Cause? A thought about Symbolism.

For a while now, we’ve been having a slow leak in our minivan tires and the TPMS (Tire Pressure) indicator light would go on. We’d fill the tires, it would last for a time, but after a while, the same … Read the rest

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An Unusual Shana Tova Card from the Rebbe

First a little background: This week at Maimonides, I asked students in grades 4-8 the same few questions. One of them was: “If you had one (only one) Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Years) card to mail out, whom would you … Read the rest

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