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Amalek and the Texas Freeze

While people are still struggling to recoup from the devastating Texas Freeze which shut down power to millions of homes and businesses, left so many in freezing temps for days, endangered hospitals and wreaked havoc with frozen pipes and water … Read the rest

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Thoughts for Superbowl LV (55) 2021

In continuing our annual “Hakhel-Halftime” Superbowl tradition, we reached out to alumni and students, especially sports enthusiasts,  to help formulate some relevant insight, creative inspiration and meaningful life messages to be gleaned for this year’s (2021) Superbowl LV (55) matchup … Read the rest

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Gamestop and Shortselling

There’s been a lot of buzz online about the Gamestock retailer and its stock price, pushed up against all odds (and data) and the doomsday talk of short-sellers to 1700% (or more) of its value thanks in large part to … Read the rest

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The Burst Bubble at UAlbany 2020

The big white rounded sports dome “The Bubble” situated in the UAlbany sports area is an iconic image built into the campus scene. We arrived in Fall 1997 and its always been there. (One year it was deflated before a … Read the rest

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First Shabbat of 2021

Shabbat is special every week, of course, but this first week of January 2021, when we were all hopeful for 2020 to start to fade, makes us especially especially (not a typo!) appreciate Shabbat. It’s a day to tune out … Read the rest

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The 10 Commandments of In-Person Hakafot at Shabbos House 2020

Please note these 10 Commandments of In-Person Simchat Torah Hakafot at Shabbos House 2020:

1) This is YOUR Simchat Torah and it now depends on each individual more than ever. Our crowd is you, no one is free to be … Read the rest

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Simchat Torah At Home 2020

MANY WILL BE HOME THIS YEAR
Many synagogues are still closed for in-person services, even those that are open have many limitations and restrictions. We know that many current students and alumni friends will not be able to celebrate this … Read the rest

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The Composite Shabbos Shuvah Drasha 2020

Every year for Shabbos Shuva (between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) we ask students to each share a tidbit, message or reflection about Teshuvah, about the High Holidays, about the Machzor etc. Collectively, it makes for a long Shabbos Shuva Read the rest

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UAlbany’s Covid Reset and A Tale of Two Drummers

The UAlbany community has been anxiously eyeing the “UAlbany Covid Dashboard” watching its creep upward in concern over the NY State mandated “Pause” and pivot to all-remote once it hits 100 on-campus related Covid cases within a 2-week period. It … Read the rest

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RH: The Dog and the Shofar

This may be a first for us.

This year, due to Covid, we had all the big room windows and back doors open wide during the prayers and our Shofar blower stood a distance from others and blew the Shofar … Read the rest

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