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Telushkin’s Book and the Exercise Bike

TelushkinRebbeBookA number of fine biography-type books have recently been published about the Lubavitcher Rebbe in connection with his 20th yartzeit, prominent among them is Joseph Telushkin’s “Rebbe” book, which has been best-selling in Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. This book … Read the rest

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Challah and Tzitzit – and Thumbs Up!

The Torah portion of Shlach highlights two Mitzvot: Challah and Tzitzit.  What do they have in common?

Challah is that small piece of dough removed and set aside for the Kohain (nowadays we burn it in the oven after reciting … Read the rest

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3 Fears of Our Generation

3FearsofOurGenerationThis image was posted to a family WhatsApp, its a cute joke. It would fall right under the #firstworldproblems hashtag. After all, we’re not living under the threat of war, and most aren’t going hungry at night. But then it … Read the rest

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Rebbe’s Note on Thought-Placement

RebbePowerofThoughtI came across a book of the Rebbe’s Maamorim (Chassidic discourses, which are an elevated spiritual exploration journey, quite different than most of the Rebbe’s talks and writings) and found this note in the introduction. The editors had trouble understanding … Read the rest

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UAlbany Class of 2014: The Old Fountain & The New

Here’s something unique about the UAlbany Class of 2014 experience. The old fountain was still operating in your freshman year, then it turned off for major reconstruction for two years when you were sophomores and juniors, and came back – … Read the rest

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Jeremiah’s Purchase and the Louisiana Purchase

There’s the Louisiana Purchase, and then there’s Jeremiah’s Purchase in the Haftorah reading for Behar. True, these purchases took place many generations apart, were half-way across the world from each other, and while the Lousiana Purchase was thousands of miles … Read the rest

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The Great Blue Heron on the Synagogue Wall

The Jewish Chapel at the Interfaith Center at UAlbany, formerly known as Chapel House, has a mural painted along its southern wall. Probably around 2005 or so, UAlbany Hillel got a grant from Avodah Arts to send up an artist … Read the rest

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Inside Lil’ D’s Head

 

MendelinLittleDThere are two UAlbany Great Dane mascots. Damien is the serious dog, feisty, serious and intense, while Lil’ D is the kinder, gentler, goofier and sweeter baby Great Dane dog.

This year at UAlbany Hillel’s Israel Fest I (Mendel) … Read the rest

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Little Things I Love About Israel

Yes, there are many such lists floating around the internet. Here’s a list of little things I love about Israel, that some people might not even notice.

1. Manhole covers. The ones I noticed were made by the foundry called … Read the rest

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360 Years from 1654

by Rabbi Yossi Rubin, from Chabad of Clifton Park, which is dedicating the American Jewish Heritage Torah on Sunday, May 18th, 2014

This year marks 360 years from 1654 when the first small group of Jews arrived at New Amsterdam … Read the rest

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