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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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Moshiach Gaming

For “Moshiach Seudah” at the very end of Pesach 5776 / 2016, we went around the table asking everyone to share a Moshiach/redemption related message gleaned from a specific aspect of a certain game or sport. Here’s what people shared:… Read the rest

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Micro & Macro Moshiach

The Haftorah for the 8th day of Pesach speaks of “the spirit of G-d will rest upon him (Moshiach), a spirit of wisdom, a spirit of understanding…” and other attributes bestowed upon Moshiach.

When we take the Torahs out on … Read the rest

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3 Things about the Future

Everyone’s curious about the future. Maybe that’s what brought out so many students and guests to Parkfest last week, JK. Kidding aside, even with all that science has so much figured out these days, it’s still very difficult to predict … Read the rest

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The Unstuck Prayer

The 7th Day of Passover commemorates the Splitting of the Sea during the Exodus, therefore the Torah Reading has the Song of the Sea. Interestingly, the paragraph “Vayosha” (about our salvation at sea) and the “Oz Yashir” song at the … Read the rest

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