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Miriam’s Long-Term Faith & Vision

Yesterday, as we watched the terror attacks unfold in Paris, including the hostage crisis at the Kosher supermarket, I wrote online “Today we are all Miriam!” for like Miriam watching baby Moshe’s basket through the reeds, we too, feel deeply … Read the rest

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Today we are all Miriam #JeSuisJuif

Today we are all Miriam.

In this week’s Torah portion of Shmos we read how Miriam placed her baby brother Moshe’s basket in the Nile, it floated away out of reach, beyond her control, in a time of crisis and … Read the rest

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Less Profile, More Courage

ProfilesinCourageThere is a famous book which won a Pulitzer written by then-Senator John F. Kennedy while he was bedridden in 1955. It tells the stories of 8 US Senators who stood up against their party or against their own voters … Read the rest

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Number 14

20141204_222220On the Shabbat of the UAlbany December Graduation Weekend, we set up the center tables at Shabbos House in the shape of a huge number fourteen, in honor of these final graduates of the Class of 2014. These students have … Read the rest

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Parents Speak at Alt Family Wknd 2014

Grant’s Mom: As some of you know, my husband and I both went to UAlbany in the early 1980’s, he founded the RZA group while I was President of Hillel. We met here and got married 3 years after our … Read the rest

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Eliezer’s Long-shot & Rivka’s Courage

ELIEZER’S LONG-SHOT

This week in Chayei Sara we read the story of Abraham sending Eliezer on a mission to find a wife for his son Yitzchak. Eliezer traveled from the center-south of Israel back to Abraham’s homeland (somewhere near where … Read the rest

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Fall of the Berlin Wall – and Tefillin

Today (November 9th 2014) marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It actually took some time longer, but this is the day that the first part of the wall began to symbolically come down. … Read the rest

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Abraham in Terach’s Footsteps

Everyone knows G-d’s first words to Abraham: “Lech Lecha! Go unto you, from your homeland, your birthplace and father’s home, to the land that I will show you.” This charge began the destiny of the Jewish people and our earliest … Read the rest

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When you pass Go! Monopoly & LechLecha

SONY DSCSo by now most of you realized that tonight’s unusual table set-up and colored tablecloths reflect the property groups on a Monopoly board. A Monopoly Shabbat! Why a monopoly board? It ties into two things from this week’s Torah portion … Read the rest

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Gee, I just realized you’re gorgeous!

Enroute to Egypt to find food when famine hit Israel (then Cannan) Abraham turns to Sarah and says: “Hey, I just realized how beautiful you are! The Egyptians might kill me to take you for a wife!” And so they … Read the rest

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