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In between the fuel and the flame

Why is it that (external winds aside) flames always burn upwards? And why do they flicker or dance? 

Both Science and Chassidus each have their explanations: 

Science explains that hot air is less dense than cold air, and as the … Read the rest

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Juicy Messages

Juicy Jewish Life-Lessons from Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice

“An olive only releases its (essential) oils when squeezed” so too, life’s pressures, stressors & challenges reveal hidden depths within.

A physics angle: Juicing turns solid into liquid, keeps volume but loses shape, … Read the rest

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Think Outside the Box – In the Box

Stay tuned for this message, to be posted soon.

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Basketball Points

The guys asked for some Basketball Torah as we enter the NBA playoff season. Here’s one thought:

Everyone knows that swish shots are cool. That’s when the ball sails right through the basket, barely making a sound, not touching the rim … Read the rest

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Ziggy and the Future Door

Everyone knows Ziggy, that bald round-faced guy from the newspaper comics often befuddled by the complexities of life. This week’s Ziggy comic jumped out at me, and asked students for their interpretations of it. 

Ziggy encounters a door that says “Future” on … Read the rest

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Why the Broken Links -and a Passover message

Please bear with us as we sort this all out, but in the meantime here are Passover messages we can learn from it!

It so happens that our website had an upgrade just before Passover that set us back a … Read the rest

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What makes you shine?

The end of this week (Ki Sisa)’s Torah portion describes the radiance emanating from Moshe after his return from Mt Sinai on Yom Kippur, after successfully advocating in defense of the Jewish people after the Golden Calf. This beams of light … Read the rest

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Expensive Oranges & Place Value

THE EXPENSIVE ORANGES

It was the night after Purim. A beautiful, memorable and exhausting Purim, but Shabbat was the next night and we had to shop and stock up again. Plus a snowstorm was forecasted for Friday, so we wanted … Read the rest

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About our Rubin Family Costume Purim 5778/2018 – “Jewish Frame of Mind”

Here’s the story behind our family costume at UAlbany Purim 2018:

The theme is “Jewish Frame of Mind” and its supposed to mimic those overlays, adornments, ribbons or filters people use to frame their social media profile pictures (for a … Read the rest

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Purim Insights from Hamantaschen

This began as a series or thread of tweets, so we may add some more ideas as we celebrate Purim – and eat more Hamantaschen…

#Hamantaschen may just be a #Purim cookie treat, but perhaps a #Hamantasch has more in … Read the rest

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