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Three Passover Words

In the Haggadah Rabbi Gamliel says that there are three key words, critical to the Passover experience, that must be said on the Seder Night. They are: Pesach, Matzah and Maror. Pesach is the Paschal Lamb, which even though we … Read the rest

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Zeide Moshe’s Belt

It’s almost Passover now,  but at his 18th yarzteit we just heard this beautiful, humorous and telling Sukkot story about the hearty and warm Chassid, my grandfather, Reb Moshe Rubin, of blessed memory, from Reb Leibel Morrison of Chabad in … Read the rest

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What’s Your Jewish Body Language?

My two oldest daughters with their Maimonides Bnos Chaya High School class visit a teen named Judy in St. Margarets, a pediatric and young adult Nursing facility in Albany.

This time, the nurses suggested they tell her a story or Read the rest

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You Should Know Albanian!

I (Rabbi Mendel) was on the checkout line in a local store this week and overheard two teens speaking an unfamiliar foreign language. Curious I asked them what language they were speaking.

“Albanian,” they replied. Albanians in Albany!

“Is Albanian … Read the rest

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Appreciating our Blessings at UAlbany

by Michelle Fast

Many of you know that I am actively involved in Jewish life at UAlbany, serving on both the Hillel and Lchaim Boards, so when I went to Washington DC this semester for the Albany Washington Semester program, … Read the rest

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I’d Rather Be Davening

Today (29 Adar) is the yartzeit of my grandfather Reb Moshe Rubin for whom our son Moshe is named. He passed away in 1996 in the period between my engagement to Raizy and our marriage. He was a unique Chassid, … Read the rest

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Making Room for Guests

This Shabbat (3/1/2014) as we read the last Torah portion in the Book of Shmos or Exodus, there’s a complicated Haftorah (portion from the Prophets read after the Torah reading) situation.

Regularly we would read the Haftorah for Pekudei, which … Read the rest

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Reflecting on the Restroom Mirror

by visiting Dan D.

Some time ago I was traveling the Thruway and stopped off at a rest-stop. As I walked out of the restroom I noticed my reflection in the mirror. It took me by surprise, since I appeared … Read the rest

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Inspiration around the Table

As customary on Cozy-Shabbat weekends during summer and winter academic breaks at Shabbos House, we go around the table asking students to each share something interesting, inspiring, humorous, meaningful or memorable from their week. This past Friday Night (2/21) seemed … Read the rest

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Inspiration has a Price Tag

Much of this week we were in contact with inspirational speakers or their agents trying to book a featured speaker for the Regional Chabad on Campus Shabbaton on March 7-9. Generally speaking (pun intended) we don’t usually hire speakers at … Read the rest

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