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Ukraine 2022… and the Departed Cloud of Glory & Dismantled Mishkan at the Climax of Shemot

All week we’ve been following the saga in Ukraine, at first with the Chabad Shluchim eager to try and stay with their communities which they are so tied and dedicated to and have built up all these years, and in … Read the rest

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Ukraine, Chili Cookoff, Woodstock, and UAlbany

Yes, this “Mendel’s Message” tries to tie a bunch of very disconnected things together. But the message (see below) is valuable either way.

Ukraine, of course, is very much on everyone’s mind. It’s in the news, its a global issue. … Read the rest

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The Alphabet’s Alphabet Message

We got this children’s picture book from the library last week. Wanted to share it with you this Shabbat as it has a relevant Parsha “Vayakhel” message.

The book’s title is “The Alphabet’s Alphabet”, written by Chris Harris and illustrated … Read the rest

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A “Mr. Shabbat” in Ukrainian War-Zone

Of course, of course, the situation in Ukraine is very much on our minds and hearts.

Ukraine may be far away, half-way across the world, but in many ways it hits much closer. The many thoughts and feelings and concerns… … Read the rest

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More Memories of Zeide Michel Piekarski – III

In past years, on occasion of his Shushan Purim Katan Yartzeit, I’ve shared memories (see Zeide Michel Memories I and also Zeide Michel Memories II) of my maternal grandfather, Reb Yechiel Michel Piekarski, from the nearly ten years of Read the rest

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Messages & Inspiration for Superbowl LVI 2022

I’m not such a football maven myself (pretty much all sports for that matters) so especially grateful to the UAlbany student (and alumni!) sports enthusiasts over the years who guide and help me develop these Superbowl insights and messages each Read the rest

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Student Inspiration at Superbowl Shabbat 2022

One of the reasons I enjoy watching football is because of how engaged all the players are in each play. I feel football has the most player engagement of all the four major American sports. True, players play different positions … Read the rest

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The Gold Cube in Central Park

The Cube of Gold in Central Park

There was some buzz on social-media about a pure gold cube placed in the snow in New York’s Central Park one day this week (first week in February 2022). It is said to … Read the rest

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Size and Potential

It so happens that on the same day this week I learned two totally separate but very much connected ideas:

POOR MAN, RICH MAN

In the daily 1 chapter Rambam for that day (which I tweet about daily using the … Read the rest

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No Idea Where We Are!

Once, back in the old Shabbos House, which was much smaller (it was a third the size) of our current big main room at Shabbos House, a new student came for Shabbat dinner. When I went over to introduce myself … Read the rest

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