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Weighing In at the Scrap Metal Yard

Have you ever been down to a scrap metal yard? It’s quite the experience.

Sometime this summer we began filling the back of our station-wagon with metal junk we have around. Broken bed-frames, kitchen-ware we can’t kosherize, all kinds of … Read the rest

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Getting Leadership In Place

by visiting alumnus Steve I. (Class of 1998)

This week’s Freshmen Move-In weekend coincides with Parsha Shoftim where we read a lot about the laws of Jewish kings and judges, how to know whom to trust as a true prophet … Read the rest

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A Just Law

by a visiting Israeli attorney Avner H.

This week’s Torah reading of Shoftim speaks of a “Mishpat Tzedek” which translates as a just law. This implies that not all law is just, since the Torah has to emphasize that the … Read the rest

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Tefillin Outside a College Bathroom

MensBathroomThis summer (5775 / 2015) we visited D. a UAlbany / Shabbos House alumnus of 1998 who was sitting shiva for his father. It was the last day of Shiva (week-long period of mourning after losing a loved one), actually … Read the rest

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Chipped Chocolate

Our daughter Bassie turns ten just after the first of the Hebrew month of Elul. We were on the road all Thursday before Shabbat with little time to make a homemade cake, so we stopped at a Jewish bakery on … Read the rest

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Join the Crowd – It’s Hakhel Year!

This is the front page letter in our Spring/Summer 2015 “What’s Cooking” Update Newsletter

JOIN THE CROWD – IT’S HAKHEL YEAR!

Generally speaking, at Shabbos House we’re not that focused on numbers. We pride ourselves on appreciating each individual student, … Read the rest

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Two Stories of Positive Pasts

A visiting psychologist from Israel shared these two stories “of positive pasts” at a summertime Cozy Shabbat from her many years of practice:

1) She had a religious patient in his 80’s who basically stopped talking. He lived with his

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The Money in the Honey (and Adhesive Judaism)

“The Money in the Honey” is a story told about young David is King Saul’s court. There’s a children’s book by this name, retelling this story, written and illustrated by Aidel Backman.

Back in ancient Israel, long before banks, a … Read the rest

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Tisha B’Av has Two Sides to it!

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Years ago, Rabbi Israel Rubin wrote this creative article about the two sides of Tisha B’Av based on a Talmudic story at the end of tractate Makkot. It was first published in the local “Jewish World” Newspaper (link is to … Read the rest

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Gardening and Exercising Life Lessons by the Cheins

Rabbi Zalman and Rochel Chein of Binghamton Chabad were visiting with us this summertime Shabbos and shared these life messages on Friday Night.

Rabbi Zalman – on Exercise: 

This week I got back onto the treadmill. You pick up speed, … Read the rest

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