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#HakhelHalftime Football Insights

#HakhelHalftime kick ur game up a notch, transform #Superbowl50 into opportunity for group inspiration. #SB50 Big screen big game big idea!

Why #SuperBowl over #WorldSeries? It all hangs on only one game, everything matters so much more. Make things matter! Read the rest

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A Chassidic Take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Everyone knows the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s an old classic fairy tale. A little curious or naughty girl named Goldilocks chanced upon a house in the woods where three bears live. The house was empty, but Read the rest

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Jacob, Rachav and the Tree Blessing

by Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) Rubin

There’s an oft-quoted conversation in Talmud tractate Taanis 5b-6a, where Rabbi Yitzchak blesses Rabbi Nachman, using the metaphor of a tree with sweet fruit, abundant shade and a refreshing brook of water passing underneath. There’s … Read the rest

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Tree Messages at Tu Bishvat Cafe

In addition to the wonderful acoustic guitar music played by Grant and Aliza, and the delicious spread of fruity treats, most present at the Tu Bishvat Cafe shared an insight or message that we can learn from trees on this Read the rest

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Give Yourself a Hug

On Friday I was driving about doing pre-Shabbat errands and I was listening to the Roundtable on WAMC 1400 radio. An author was being interviewed, I didn’t listen long enough to catch his name or the name of his book, … Read the rest

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See another doctor…

Jewish Educational Media (JEM) recently released a MyEncounter with the Rebbe video titled “When the Rebbe asked for a Favor” of Rhoda Friedland. See the 5 minute video here on YouTube or see video below.

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Last CozyShabbat of Winter Break 2015-16

January 15-16 2016 will be the last Cozy-Shabbat of UAlbany’s winter break this year, before students return for the Spring ’16 semester and classes resume. If you are up working in the area, living local or moved back early, please … Read the rest

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The Goshen Difference

Several times during the Ten Plagues, the verse points out that the Jews were unaffected by the plagues afflicting their neighbors. Such as during the plague of darkness it says “all the Jews had light in their dwellings” and Moshe … Read the rest

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Frogs R’ Us

Among all the ten plagues in Egypt, frogs are probably the most Disney-esque. Unlike most of the other plagues, they were more annoyance than anything else, no one got hurt. And frogs have that mischievous, wide-eyes personality.

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From Clogged Head to Renown Rabbi

The local Shomray Torah synagogue on New Scotland Avenue in Albany (affectionately known as “The Shteeble”) often has travelers stopping by on their way to and from Montreal (or other points, in all directions) to join in the prayers.

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