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Psalm 24: Mountain Climbing and Opening Doors

Psalm 24 “L’David Mizmor” is read on both nights of Rosh Hashanah, near the conclusion of the evening service. The ark is opened, it is read somberly, some congregations read it line by line. The main message is that to … Read the rest

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Collar Stays and Live TV

HeatherMendelGregWTENI got a call about a TV slot a few days before Rosh Hashanah, because Albany’s WTEN Channel 10 wanted to do a quick segment on Rosh Hashanah traditions in the morning show before the holiday. You can see the Read the rest

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Rabbi Mendel explains Rosh Hashanah on WTEN ABC

Rabbi Mendel was asked to share Rosh Hashanah traditions on the day before Rosh Hashanah at Albany’s Channel 10 WTEN ABC News with Heather Kovar.

 

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Bernard Haller – A Jewish Semper Fidelis!

These two pictures of a gravestone in the New Montefiore cemetery (on Wellwood Avenue in Long Island) were posted in our family’s WhatsApp group. They are pictures of the gravestone of a Bernard Haller, Baruch son of Zev, born in … Read the rest

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Come up the Mountain – And Be There!

My father would often tell this story in the Sukkah. I haven’t seen it printed anywhere, so I am telling it how I heard it and loved it:

Once upon a time there was a Chassid traveling to his Rebbe … Read the rest

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20 Baal Shem Tov Teachings

BaalShemTovInfographic20TeachingsOur first Torah Tuesday of the Fall 2015 semester fell on Chai (18th of) Elul, the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidism (as well as the birthday of the Alter Rebbe, founder of Chabad).

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The “Betach!” Letter

Recently, at an alumni wedding, the father showed me the letter he received from the Lubavitcher Rebbe for his engagement in 1988. He was especially enthusiastic BetachEngagementLetterabout “Betach” the first word of the letter. A little while later, his wife … Read the rest

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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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