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Rockwell Paintings & Lulav Unity

Don’t have time yet to post this insight shared on the Shabbat of Sukkot, check back after the holiday. Hope to post it then!… Read the rest

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Bypassing Yom-Kippur, Onto Simchat Torah!

Some years we tell this great story near the end of YomKippur, as the day nears its close and climax with the Neilah prayer. This year we told the story on the Shabbat in middle of Sukkot, as the holiday … Read the rest

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UAlbany Israel Memories (II)

One year on Sukkot we did an Israeli-themed meal and over all that food asked students to share a favorite memory of Israel. Being it was on the holiday, we had to remember as much as we could after the Read the rest

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Family Background to the Sukkaleh Song

The Sukkahleh Song has indeed become a favorite tradition at Shabbos House. Generation after generation of students here have savor and treasure it, considering it an anthem of sorts.  Indeed, we sing it almost every night in the Sukkah, in … Read the rest

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“Like an Eagle” with Student Input

Parshat Haazinu likens G-d to an eagle “who awakens its nest, hovering over its eaglets…”

Question folks! Why an eagle? What’s the comparison here, what are lessons learned, why the eagle metaphor? We ended Minyan early and had some time … Read the rest

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“Like a Rope” with Student Input

A year or two ago, we shared a different “Like a Rope” post for Parsha Haazinu, where the verse compares Jacob’s Heritage to a Rope. See our past post here: “Like a Rope – Crimping a Cable” This time … Read the rest

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YK Appeal: A Call to ARMS

 More on this page after Yom Kippur… 

For several years we do a “Yom Kippur Appeal” at the close of our Yom Kippur services on campus. One year we did the “Take5” challenge, last year we did the “Hakhel” initiative. Read the rest

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Parents & Children: Rosh Hashanah

Over the two days of Rosh Hashanah, we read Torah twice and there are two Haftorahs. Here’s a fascinating thing: All four readings, from the Torah and Haftorah, are all about parents and children. That’s the main theme throughout.

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Three Different Machzors

The Machzor is the prayerbook for the High Holidays. There’s so much to be said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom-Kippur, so many special poems and readings, responsive prayers and add-ons, that a regular Siddur prayerbook couldn’t ever fit. Hence the … Read the rest

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The Hot & Cold of Apple

Apple dipped in honey is one of Rosh Hashanah’s best-known and most beloved customs. Much has been said about honey, as it represents our wish and prayer for a sweet new year, but what about the apple? That got me … Read the rest

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