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Black and White Shabbat

It all came together last minute on Thursday, but we decided to go with a Black and White Shabbat theme. Here’s the backstory:

It so happens that we have a local Israeli family visiting for Shabbos, the father worked as … Read the rest

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Two High Holiday Jokes – and messages

I saw both of these jokes just before Rosh Hashanah and realized that in addition to the humor, they also carry High Holiday truths and messages. 

THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE

A young boy was standing in the synagogue looking up at … Read the rest

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Rosh Hashanah and the Windows 7 to 10 Upgrade

First a word about Windows 7 this Fall 2019:

This tech issue won’t affect most of you in 2019, as most of you (Apple folks aside) have laptops made after Windows 7, most of you should be running Windows 10 … Read the rest

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Modern Shofar Meditations

Classic Jewish texts speak a lot about the Shofar’s meaning and messages. It’s said to remind us of the ram at the Binding of Isaac or the Shofar sounded at Sinai. The call of the Shofar is likened to an … Read the rest

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The Princess and Farmer Parable

I was in my early teens when I first heard this parable magnificently told by Rabbi Josh (Yehoshua Binyamin) Gordon (now of blessed memory), a dynamic Chabad Shliach in California who is widely known today for his many audio classes Read the rest

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Fern’s Shabbat Candles

At least a decade ago, maybe more, Shabbos House was involved in a national study of Jewish life on campus (this isn’t the study from 2005, that’s another story). A faculty member named Fern from the host University near Boston … Read the rest

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What Babka teaches us about learning (Torah)…

We had a Babka Taste-Testing table on campus this week featuring 3 locally available Babkas: Green’s of Brooklyn (available at the Kosher Price Chopper in Colonie), Trader Joe’s Babka, and Lilly’s Bake Co Babka (available at BJ’s Wholesale Club). The … Read the rest

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Tidbits from the Tisha B’Av Kinot

Kinot are a collection of liturgical poems of lament that are said on Tisha B’Av, a dark and sad date on the Jewish calendar when we mourn the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples, and our national Jewish identity. We did … Read the rest

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The Cloud over Students

Nowadays when we speak of The Cloud (with a capital C) we mean remote data computing or something. But this is about a different type of a cloud (also pervasive and incredibly important) that may be very much part of … Read the rest

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The Dot in “Hello, Red Fox”

We love good children’s books and we’ve read many Eric Carle books before. Of course, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear…” (which we have a commentary on), “The Very Quiet Cricket” , “The Tiny Seed” and … Read the rest

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