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Jacob, the Drivecycle and Us

During Thursday night setup for Shabbos, I mentioned to Raizy something about doing another late night drive near midnight.

Avi – who has been setting up selflessly and dedicatedly for four years now – politely asked “Where do you and … Read the rest

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Two Types of Pickles

Usually, my go-to Pickles inspiration is from Tanya chapter 27, about two types of delicacies: sweet & pleasant vs. spicy or pickled. But this year at our Pickle Table on campus, I came across a new life-message and Chassidic inspiration … Read the rest

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Two Things I Love about Paul Vandenburgh’s Talk1300

November 2016 marks the 10 year milestone when Capital Region area of New York local radio talk host Paul Vandenburgh went off on his own and made his own radio station.

I’m personally not a fan of several things about … Read the rest

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Shabbat Prep #MannequinChallenge

As this #mannequinchallenge was going around online, Rachel L. of our Lchaim Student Board had everyone freeze during Shabbat Dinner prep, whether holding drained pasta, peeling a potato or shaping Matzah-balls over a boiling pot – resulting in this short … Read the rest

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Covenant of the Parts – Fire it Up!

You guys know I like to focus on the positive, but tonight I’d like to share with you a spooky piece of Torah, it’s an eerie description, the Torah itself calls it ominous and filled with dread. It’s in this Read the rest

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Joe Shapiro OBM

This is the gravestone of Joe Shapiro, a UAlbany alumnus who died before his time, buried on Fuller Road in the shadow of his alma mater. Joe was adopted and then orphaned at a young age, with no known blood … Read the rest

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World Series Game 7 2016, Noah’s Ark and Election Day

Here’s an attempt to tie together the incredible Game Seven of the World Series (Cubs vs. Indians), this week’s Torah portion of Noah and the Flood, and the upcoming or impending Election Day USA:

chc_1200x630Many World Series don’t even get … Read the rest

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Esty’s Yartzeit & the Sukkah Takedown

My sister Esty, Esther Aidel (Rubin) Cohen, a wife and a mother, passed away six years ago in Manchester England at age 33. Her yartzeit (Hebrew anniversary of her passing) is on the 25th of Tishrei, which is two days … Read the rest

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Remembering the Brikmans in the Sukkah

On Hoshanah Rabba (this year on the Sunday of Sukkot 5777 / 2016) Mendel Brikman passed away at the young age of 43. He was a father, son and husband. He was a business-owner and an active member of the … Read the rest

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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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