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Runaway roaming Buffalo – and our Passions

APTUBuffalo&TruckThe big local news this Friday was about a herd of buffalo (technically “American Bison”) who escaped their farm in Castleton NY, swam across the Hudson River, ran across the NYS Thruway, and rampaged through woods and residential areas, before … Read the rest

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Slow cooker Cholent – and Judaism

Many Cholents nowadays are cooked in Crockpots. Now “Crockpot” is actually a brand name (of the Sunbeam company I think) of slow cooker, similar to Kleenex for tissue and Xerox for copy. So whatever you call the brand, Cholent is … Read the rest

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“50 Children” and Aharon’s Silence

In connection with Holocaust Remembrance this week, I had opportunity to see a telling and moving documentary titled “Fifty Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus”. This little known story is an important one. See more about the … Read the rest

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Horton, the Rebbe’s Rambam and the Moshiach

HortonHearsAWhoWe asked for a show of hands when we sharing this Horton insight this on the 8th night of Passover, and most students either read the book “Horton Hears a Who” or saw the movie. Some especially enthusiastic students either … Read the rest

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Four Jewish Opinions before the Sea Split

The Medrash says that when the Jews at the Exodus were confronted at the Sea with the Egyptians at their heels, they split up into 4 opinions:

  1. Give up and go back to Egypt.
  2. Fight the Egyptians and win our
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Reveal the Concealed, Splitting the Sea – in our DNA as a people

The 7th of Passover is the annual anniversary of the Splitting of the Sea, that dramatic climax of the Exodus. This is the one of the most famous miracles of all time, and one of the greatest images of the … Read the rest

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Prayer for Eating Chametz on Passover – in Bergen Belsen 1944

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This crisply handwritten “Chametz on Passover Prayer” from Bergen Belsen Passover 1944 was on display at the Ghetto Fighters Museum in Tel-Aviv.

It was written or at least dictated by Rabbi Aharon Bernard Davids, leader of the Dutch community of … Read the rest

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Second Seder was better than the first

My grandfather Reb Moshe Rubin liked to tell this story at the second Seder or on the second day of Passover:

Reb Shmuel of Karov was a poor but pious Chassid of the Chozeh of Lublin. One year, as Passover … Read the rest

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Making Matzah, Passover Preparations & Seder Memories in Tashkent Russia

At the second Seder 5775 (2015), after we ate the Matzah, Raizy’s father Rabbi Shlomo Galperin shared this memory of the Passovers of his youth in Tashkent Russia:

My grandmother Bubbe Reiza didn’t exercise her authority much, but when she … Read the rest

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The time a Muslim guy in a hatchback car made my day…

We were exiting Restaurant Depot when I spotted the small silver hatchback car to my left. Remember, this warehouse-type store is only open to those with a business or non-profit account, and most things are sold in bulk quantities, so … Read the rest

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