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Torah Lessons from Campus Post-Oct 7th

Shavuot 5784/2024 is the first Jewish holiday after an extra-long year of Post-October 7th Jewish campus life, an unusual year with added tensions, stressors, challenges and opportunities. Some thoughts as we enter this holiday of the Giving of the Torah … Read the rest

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Two Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky Stories

This Cozy-Shabbat, in the Shiva week for Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, we shared two stories about his globe-trotting missions, people connections and Chabad work on behalf of the Rebbe. These two stories are especially meaningful, and have the Rebbe’s insight and … Read the rest

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Metzorah & Matzah as Bread of Healing

As the Jewish calendar falls out this 5784/2024, we read Metzora (the Torah portion about the healing process of a leper) on the Shabbat just before Pesach/Passover. This year, more than usual, there’s so much to heal, & we hope … Read the rest

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Why was Rabbi Akiva the Host?

Some of our students and alumni know that Mendel’s father, Rabbi Israel Rubin wrote a whole scholarly book delving into the famous Seder in Bnei Brak where the 5 Rabbis stayed up all night, as famously recounted in the Passover … Read the rest

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Day before Passover in a Dorm

Here’s a basic essentials list of what needs to be done in the 24 hours before Passover in a dorm room. Obviously, there are extras that may ideal if possible, but here are the basics.

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“Tortured Poet” just before Passover.

I am totally out of my depth here, personally unfamiliar with any of the lyrics or the persona, (so take all this with many grains of salt,) but the title of the much ballyhooed album release caught my attention: “The … Read the rest

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WHAT we see, or HOW we see it?

In Parsha Tazria, the Kohen (priest) serves as a diagnostician and certifier of the Tzaraat affliction. In one of the verses it says, “to all the eyesight of the Kohain.”

What does “all the eyesight” (an imperfect translation) mean?

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Good Fire, Bad Fire

“A continuous fire (burning on the altar)… shall not be extinguished.” (Tzav)

This biblical divine call to keep a continuous always-on fire burning on the altar reverberates in our lives today. It can be challenging to keep the fire going, … Read the rest

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Things We Learned from Giving Out Kiwis on Campus

It so happens that the Shalom Food Pantry had a surplus of Kiwis and more than they could distribute before they’d go bad. So they asked us if students would enjoy them. We served them at Shabbos House, at Kosher-on-Fuller, … Read the rest

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