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RH: Lift Your Gates (Open Your Screens)

Psalm 24 “L’David Mizmor” is said towards the close of the evening Rosh Hashanah prayers. In many congregations it is said after opening the Ark, line after line dramatically repeating the Chazzan.  A big theme of this Psalm is “Lift … Read the rest

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Archways for High Holidays 2020

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Welcome to our second edition of “Archways in Torah” for the High Holidays of 5781/2020.

 Click here to download the “Archways – High Holidays 5781/2020” Booklet in PDF format.

We began this “Archways” publication concept for Shavuot 2020 … Read the rest

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Elul Acrostics

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The four letters of the word Elul have been attributed different verses what they stand for.

The most famous is Ani L’Dodi vDodi Li – I am to be my beloved and … Read the rest

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FB Live: Road Sign Messages

For this week’s Facebook Live we did a tour of nearby road-signs, six of them, to share a life-message and inspiration from each:

Road-signs were especially relevant this week because the Torah portion of Maasei (last in the Book of … Read the rest

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FB Live: Planting Messages

We got to planting a little late this summer, but it’s never too late, right? Since we were busy with dirt and seeds, that’s what we shared for a couple of days over FB Live. See these planting messages episodes … Read the rest

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July 4th and Yud-Bais Tammuz

This year, in 2020, American’s Independence Day and one of Chabad’s Freedom Festivals coincide on the same day. Shabbat is both July 4th Independence Day and in Hebrew it is Yud-Bais (12th of) Tammuz – the day the Previous Rebbe … Read the rest

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FB Live Rebbe Pictures

As we approach Rebbe’s yartzeit on Gimmel Tammuz we’re doing a week of FB Live’s using one picture of the Rebbe in our home each day. We’ll discuss one photo each day (isn’t each photo a thousand words) its backstory … Read the rest

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Messages from Juneteenth Date Choice

This week, following recent national events, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan designated JuneteenthDay as an official city holiday. Here’s what intrigues & inspires me about the designation of specifically this day of Juneteenth to commemorate the abolishment of slavery in the
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FB Live: Scouting Spots at UAlbany

The Torah portion of Shelach tells the story of the twelve spies/scouts sent ahead to check out the land of Canaan/Israel before the Jewish people entered the land. In that spirit, we’re doing one week of Facebook Live at 6 … Read the rest

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FB Live: The Light Metaphor

The Torah Parsha Behaaalotecha begins with lighting the Menorah, literally “raising up the lights”. In that spirit we did 6 short segments on Facebook Live about light as a metaphor in Jewish thought and practice. 

(1) Raise up the lights! Read the rest

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