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The Belt, The Sandal & The Stick

At Shabbos Lunch, Rabbi Mendel held up a belt, a sandal and a big wooden stick and asked students if they knew what they were about. A  few guessed that it had something to do with Egyopt but weren’t sure Read the rest

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Bukharian History, a Melody, and a Freshmen Move-In Story

Thanks to to 3 generations of the Inoyatov family we’re celebrating Bukharian Shabbat tonight (the first Shabbat of Spring 2015 at UAlbany, Jan 23rd). I’d like to share three things: (a) a little about Bukhara (2) a Bukharain Chabad melody … Read the rest

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“Atem Shalom” a Bukharian & Chabad Song

“ATEM SHALOM” is a Bukharian Hebrew song (click here for the song played on Chabad.org) that was adopted by Chabad when Reb Refoel Chudaitov, a Bukharian Jew from Samarkand (tirelessly dedicated to the spiritual and physical needs of … Read the rest

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Two Shirts and a Towel

This message was in our “What’s Cooking?” update newsletter for Fall 2014. The shirts and towel may be all gone by the time you read this, but the messages about Shabbos House remain true.

TWO SHIRTS & A TOWEL

Dear … Read the rest

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2 Reb Nochum Stories: Fork in the Road & The Kotinke

Some of my favorite early Chassidic reading were the stories by Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak (the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe 1880-1950) in his “Lekutei Diburim” very ably translated into English by Uri Kaploun, remarkably capturing much of the original Yiddish flavor. I … Read the rest

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Answering a Child’s Question

This article was written by a Yeshiva classmate of mine, Rabbi Levi Wolff, who serves today as the spiritual leader of one of Australia’s largest synagogues. I shared the story on Shabbos (as it relates to a verse in the Read the rest

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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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