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WHAT we see, or HOW we see it?

In Parsha Tazria, the Kohen (priest) serves as a diagnostician and certifier of the Tzaraat affliction. In one of the verses it says, “to all the eyesight of the Kohain.”

What does “all the eyesight” (an imperfect translation) mean?

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Good Fire, Bad Fire

“A continuous fire (burning on the altar)… shall not be extinguished.” (Tzav)

This biblical divine call to keep a continuous always-on fire burning on the altar reverberates in our lives today. It can be challenging to keep the fire going, … Read the rest

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Things We Learned from Giving Out Kiwis on Campus

It so happens that the Shalom Food Pantry had a surplus of Kiwis and more than they could distribute before they’d go bad. So they asked us if students would enjoy them. We served them at Shabbos House, at Kosher-on-Fuller, … Read the rest

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Brownie and Cookie-Dough

While watching the desserts being prepped for the Bake-Off on Friday I had a hunch about some of them, but wanted to wait until the actual crunch to have a better sense.

Turns out that 3 of the 7 desserts … Read the rest

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Another Monster at the End of This Book

It’s been over a decade now, maybe more, since we discovered an inner dimension and deeper meaning to Sesame Street’s classic “There’s a Monster at the End of This Book.” Some years we share it on Yom Kippur (it’s alumnus … Read the rest

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Hakhel Halftime: Superbowl LVIII 2024 Lessons & Insights

MR. IRRELEVANT

Brock Purdy was the very last draft pick, aka “Mr. Irrelevant”, yet here he is in the Superbowl playing against Patrick Mahomes. Pirkei Avot teaches us: “Don’t underestimate people – for every man has their hour.”

It so … Read the rest

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1/60 Nullification and the 60 Days of Adar

There’s a classic rule in Kosher law called 1/60 nullification. The 60X rule.

Don’t try this at home, be sure to consult with rabbinic guidance before employing, as there are a lot of factors and criteria to consider. But the … Read the rest

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Shabbat 360 2024 T-Shirt Reveal

T-SHIRT REVEAL FOR “SHABBAT 360” 2024… Coming up soon, on Feb 16th!

Chani designed the “Am Yisrael Chai” for this year’s “Shabbat 360” logo and souvenir t-shirt in a scripty font that culminates in an almost but not-quite complete circle.

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Mario’s Power-Ups

It so happens that Hillel Shabbat Dinner (we alternate Friday Nights at UAlbany for decades now) went with Nintendo-themed decor.

Not sure I ever played Mario, I never had one myself, but GameBoy came out maybe a year or two … Read the rest

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