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The Fantasy Draft Frenzy and Rosh Hashanah

On the Sat Night before Rosh Hashanah, a student burst in to our Havdalah and Pizza, laptop in hand, got right to work, immersed and invested, focused like I’ve hardly ever seen him! It took a lull in his action … Read the rest

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The More is Less Nutritionist

I was driving around doing some errands before Shabbat a week or two ago and WAMC had a nutritionist named Nicole Rodriguez on their VoxPop call-in show program. OK, I know I could lose weight and all that, but it … Read the rest

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TPMS: An Indicator or a Cause? A thought about Symbolism.

For a while now, we’ve been having a slow leak in our minivan tires and the TPMS (Tire Pressure) indicator light would go on. We’d fill the tires, it would last for a time, but after a while, the same … Read the rest

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An Unusual Shana Tova Card from the Rebbe

First a little background: This week at Maimonides, I asked students in grades 4-8 the same few questions. One of them was: “If you had one (only one) Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Years) card to mail out, whom would you … Read the rest

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The Ladder and the Life-vest

For a prop this Shabbat Nitzavim we set up a green ladder with an orange life-vest hanging from it. 

What’s the connection? Here’s the verse from Devarim/Deut, Nitzavim 30:11-14:

For this mitzvah which I command you this day, it is Read the rest

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Why Start Off at Alumni House?

It so happens that this Fall 2021, two of UAlbany Hillel’s semester opening events were held at the Alumni House. True, it is a nice space and a retreat from campus (we had a portion of our son Moshe’s Bar-Mitzvah … Read the rest

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Lesson from a Taliban Strength

The rapid fall of Afghanistan and the Taliban conquest in mere days after the US withdrawal after twenty years of American war and nation-building was a huge shock and news buzz and the talk around town. As it should be. … Read the rest

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Wet Feet

I thought of this title because Chani (our daughter) is staffing a CTeen Extreme adventure road-trip from Denver to Los Angeles, and just sent us pictures of her hiking for miles immersed waist deep (sometimes higher) in the Virgin River … Read the rest

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Memories & Impressions of Reb Pinye Korf

BDE. #RebPinye in #Pinchas! A great & simple teacher, I learned so many and one things from him, a shapeless shaper, deep impressions but light marks, kindly yet unwavering… much to miss, remember, cherish, live with… an icon, a symbol … Read the rest

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Shabbat Pinchas between July 2nd and July 4th

This year (5781/2021), Shabbat Pinchas is on July 3rd, sandwiched between July 2nd which commemorates the vote on the (Lee) Resolution (the act) of Independence and July 4th which celebrates the Declaration (the explanation) of Independence.

So, too, the end … Read the rest

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