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Covenant of the Parts – Fire it Up!

You guys know I like to focus on the positive, but tonight I’d like to share with you a spooky piece of Torah, it’s an eerie description, the Torah itself calls it ominous and filled with dread. It’s in this Read the rest

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Joe Shapiro OBM

This is the gravestone of Joe Shapiro, a UAlbany alumnus who died before his time, buried on Fuller Road in the shadow of his alma mater. Joe was adopted and then orphaned at a young age, with no known blood … Read the rest

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World Series Game 7 2016, Noah’s Ark and Election Day

Here’s an attempt to tie together the incredible Game Seven of the World Series (Cubs vs. Indians), this week’s Torah portion of Noah and the Flood, and the upcoming or impending Election Day USA:

chc_1200x630Many World Series don’t even get … Read the rest

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Esty’s Yartzeit & the Sukkah Takedown

My sister Esty, Esther Aidel (Rubin) Cohen, a wife and a mother, passed away six years ago in Manchester England at age 33. Her yartzeit (Hebrew anniversary of her passing) is on the 25th of Tishrei, which is two days … Read the rest

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Remembering the Brikmans in the Sukkah

On Hoshanah Rabba (this year on the Sunday of Sukkot 5777 / 2016) Mendel Brikman passed away at the young age of 43. He was a father, son and husband. He was a business-owner and an active member of the … Read the rest

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Rockwell Paintings & Lulav Unity

Don’t have time yet to post this insight shared on the Shabbat of Sukkot, check back after the holiday. Hope to post it then!… Read the rest

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Bypassing Yom-Kippur, Onto Simchat Torah!

Some years we tell this great story near the end of YomKippur, as the day nears its close and climax with the Neilah prayer. This year we told the story on the Shabbat in middle of Sukkot, as the holiday … Read the rest

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UAlbany Israel Memories (II)

One year on Sukkot we did an Israeli-themed meal and over all that food asked students to share a favorite memory of Israel. Being it was on the holiday, we had to remember as much as we could after the Read the rest

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Family Background to the Sukkaleh Song

The Sukkahleh Song has indeed become a favorite tradition at Shabbos House. Generation after generation of students here have savor and treasure it, considering it an anthem of sorts.  Indeed, we sing it almost every night in the Sukkah, in … Read the rest

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“Like an Eagle” with Student Input

Parshat Haazinu likens G-d to an eagle “who awakens its nest, hovering over its eaglets…”

Question folks! Why an eagle? What’s the comparison here, what are lessons learned, why the eagle metaphor? We ended Minyan early and had some time … Read the rest

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