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Last CozyShabbat of Winter Break 2015-16

January 15-16 2016 will be the last Cozy-Shabbat of UAlbany’s winter break this year, before students return for the Spring ’16 semester and classes resume. If you are up working in the area, living local or moved back early, please … Read the rest

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The Goshen Difference

Several times during the Ten Plagues, the verse points out that the Jews were unaffected by the plagues afflicting their neighbors. Such as during the plague of darkness it says “all the Jews had light in their dwellings” and Moshe … Read the rest

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Frogs R’ Us

Among all the ten plagues in Egypt, frogs are probably the most Disney-esque. Unlike most of the other plagues, they were more annoyance than anything else, no one got hurt. And frogs have that mischievous, wide-eyes personality.

I asked kids … Read the rest

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From Clogged Head to Renown Rabbi

The local Shomray Torah synagogue on New Scotland Avenue in Albany (affectionately known as “The Shteeble”) often has travelers stopping by on their way to and from Montreal (or other points, in all directions) to join in the prayers.

This … Read the rest

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Chazak in the Rebbe’s Room

This late December Shabbos, with students away on break, we had opportunity to spend a quiet getaway family Shabbos in Crown Heights with Raizy’s parents and 5/8 of our kids (the other 3 at the Jewish Girls Winter Retreat upstate).… Read the rest

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Why the Alter Rebbe’s Yartzeit?

In 1971 Mrs. Bluma Galperin emigrated with her family from Tashkent, Russia to Israel. In 1973 she went to see the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Brooklyn.

There was much to share. The Galperins remained religiously observant despite the great challenges of … Read the rest

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Hakhel at Shabbat360

I really felt a sense of Hakhel at Shabbat360. Hakhel is the biblical year of gathering, every seven years in the Jerusalem Temple, where the king read the Torah to the largest gathering of the Jewish people in order that … Read the rest

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And He Refused Her

This week in Parshat Vayeishev, we read the story of Joseph and his brothers. Eventually, he is sold to Egypt, works in the employ of a Mr. Potifar who likes his work and makes his a manager of his household. … Read the rest

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Reasons to be at #UAlbanyShabbat360 2015

Not that any one really needs a reason to be at a Shabbat dinner celebrating as a campus community – but here are a bunch of reasons we’ve been thinking about (and randomly posting on Facebook) in the lead-up to … Read the rest

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Ufaratzta!

In the biblical story of Jacob’s Ladder in Parshat Vayeitze, G-d tells Jacob, “Ufaratzta!” and that verse is usually translated as “You will spread forth, to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.” It … Read the rest

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