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Thought is Potent & Effective

There’s a 2-word phrase with drastically different interpretations in Talmud vs. Chassidus, but both interpretations have relevance & lessons to our current Coronavirus Covid19 situation.

The phrase is מחשבה מועלת = thought is potent or effective. I grew up with … Read the rest

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Distancing & Loneliness

First a few words about the current importance of social-distancing to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Covid-19:

We must follow the current recommendations of Social-Distancing to try to stem the tide of this virus. Young people aren’t much of a … Read the rest

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Shared at UAlbany Purim Meal 2020

Our Purim Seudah (Meal) 2020 (5780) at Shabbos House had a great vibe and many students shared meaningful things. Spring break around the corner, midterms underway, Coronavirus in the air, but we did have a beautiful Seudah. Here’s tidbits of what … Read the rest

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Don’t Touch Your Face

As the still mysterious and unknown (indeed, it’s called “novel”) Coronavirus Covid-19 begins to hit closer to home, we’re starting to take some more precautions. After all, we do have to be responsible. Some of the recommendations of the CDC … Read the rest

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Purim Tweets (Megillah insights, tidbits etc)

PURIM TWEETS (Megillah insights, tidbits & ideas to share)
by Mendel Rubin @shabboshouse with the #Purim or #Megillah hashtag as of March 2020

Click to download printable PDF version of PurimTweets of the Purim Tweets below. 

The #Mishna says “one … Read the rest

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An Nepalese Inspiration from the Corona-Virus

Most of my “Mendel’s Messages” posts are original ideas but now and then there’s something out there really special and want to share that which others said or wrote. This is a piece I heard from my mother who follows Read the rest

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Two Student Reactions to Torah Teachings

It so happens that today for a Bar-Mitzvah anniversary Kiddush on Shabbat Parsha Terumah, we served a selection of (very good) herring. We don’t usually that here. And the Torah reading is about the construction of the Mishkan (biblical desert … Read the rest

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The Idea Behind the 2020 Shabbaton Tshirt

Eye charts work by varying sizes and distances, we can be either near-sighted or far-sighted, sometimes we’re not seeing all things, or all people, the way they ought to be seen. Corrective vision allow us to overcome biases, limitations, blind … Read the rest

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As Simple as 1,2,3…

The Torah mentions (in Parsha Yitro) that Torah was given at Mount Sinai in the third month of the Jews leaving Egypt. The text alone seems to be no more than chronological info, a data point. But the Talmud (in … Read the rest

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Heart-Shaped Love

At some point in middle school or whatever, you learn that the heart inside our bodies (the one you see on science charts) is not exactly (though somewhat similar) shaped like the love kind of heart.

But as the Baal … Read the rest

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