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Lift Your Eyes Heavenward

“Lift your eyes upward/heavenward” (Isaiah 40:26)

We translated this from the 5703 talks of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe (1880-1950) as part of a Torah-Tuesday class we did on the Chassidic background to Emeril’s famous “Kick It Up a Notch!” 

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Gimmel Tammuz Thoughts on Permanent VS Temporary Sukkahs

This Shabbos as we commemorate the Rebbe’s 22nd Gimmel Tammuz Yartzeit, we happened to have a guest who got stranded here in the Albany airport and spent Shabbos with us, who is now in the midst of studying the first … Read the rest

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Thinking of Rebbe: Gimmel Tammuz 5776 / 2016

The Rebbe’s Yartzeit (anniversary of passing) falls this year, 5776 / 2016, on July 9th, on Shabbat Parshat Korach. There’s an endless flow of Rebbe stories, inspiration and teaching that can can find online, especially at chabad.org and therebbe.org.Read the rest

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Israeli Family, US Army & Chassidic Psychologist

Is this the beginning of a joke? No, it’s three people (among others) who shared these three beautiful stories at one of the first of our Cozy Shabbat dinners in summer 2016.

ISRAELI FAMILY: GRAPES IN YOSEMITE

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Talmudic Relevance

Once the school year is over, I’m able to pray more frequently at the “Shteeble”, a small, warm synagogue on New Scotland Ave in the heart of the local Albany Jewish community. Very often, in addition to the local regulars … Read the rest

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Learning as a Transaction

There are many metaphors for Torah, one of them is that of a sale or a business transaction. The Talmud comments that a sage is one who acquired wisdom – and the word acquired used is the same as for … Read the rest

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Is that a reason to be holy?

The opening verse in Parsha Kedoshim reads, “G-d tells the Jewish people: You be be holy, because I am holy”.

Now that seems to be a strange reason to be holy. After all, G-d is very different than us humans, … Read the rest

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Unique about the Rebbe Maharash

The Rebbe Maharash, Rabbi Shmuel (1834-1882) was the 4th Rebbe of Chabad. For a more detailed biography with links to teachings and stories on Chabad.org click here.

Here’s a list of ten distinctive things (that we came up with) a … Read the rest

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Parshas Pinchas 5751/1991

I spent the spring of 1991 studying in Israel, at large Chabad yeshiva in out-of-the-way Kiryat Gat in Israel’s south. While planning this trip, I wrote to the Rebbe, asked his blessing. Back then, we’d first write out a long … Read the rest

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Omer Counting, Primary Math and RummiKub

This very unique presidential primary season of 2016 made many of us pay more attention. Incidentally, we learned more about the very complicated formulas of primary math. If you thought electoral college was complicated, this is many times more so, … Read the rest

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