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Art, Anthropology, Rosh Hashanah, Chess & Lotto

ART HISTORY, ANTHROPOLOGY & ROSH HASHANAH

by Jerry S.

Anthropology is the study going back to the beginning of time, which is what Rosh Hashanah celebrates. You can’t really go forward with the new without a good understanding of the … Read the rest

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Who is this Translation for?

by Stuart T. 

Some years back when visiting in France, I was staying at a friend who attends Beth Loubavitch in Orteaux, a Chabad House in Paris. An interesting thing happened. The Rabbi would pause every little bit during his … Read the rest

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Behind One Cup of Honey

Honey is a big feature of Rosh Hashanah. We dip the apple in honey on the first night of the Jewish New Year, and continue to dip our Challah in honey (instead of the usual salt) for much of this … Read the rest

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One more thought about the 3-Day YomTov Story

This year we once again have these the series of 3-day holidays (2 days of Jewish holiday that run right into Shabbos, for 3-days total of meals, prayers and holiday spirit) starting with Rosh Hashanah and going through the extended … Read the rest

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Maccabeats Live at UAlbany & Life Lessons Learned

It was exciting for UAlbany to host the Maccabeats at the Performing Arts Center. Kudos to UAlbany Hillel for organizing and hosting, selling out the show, which filled the large Main Theater with lots of community and students. There was … Read the rest

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The Mouth Does It All

The following story is in honor of the upcoming Maccabeats concert that Hillel is bringing to UAlbany and in preparations for the great many words in the High Holiday prayerbook, as we approach Rosh Hashanah. The Maccbeats are an acapella … Read the rest

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Watercarriers, the Aleph, & the Cracked Bucket

Parsha Netzavim, usually read just before Rosh Hashana makes reference to two ancient occupations that are no longer (as) relevant in today’s new economy: wood-choppers and watercarriers. Earlier this year we learned inspiration from log-splitting after a visit to Dippikill Read the rest

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3 Mishnas for Tzvi

This week a UAlbany student passed away. We offer our condolences to his father and family and especially to his close friends at UAlbany who greatly mourn this sudden and unexpected loss. May all those who knew him find solace … Read the rest

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