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Mishpatim, Shekalim, Adar… & Feb 14th?

This Shabbos is a special trifecta. (1) We read the weekly Torah portion of Mishpatim which deals with much civil law regarding damages and monetary matters, (2) we read the special reading of Shekalim about the half-Shekel coin contributed by … Read the rest

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The Clipptity-Clop Hoofbeats Niggun

It’s actually a half-Niggun. See below for more on that. This Hoofbeats Niggun is about life journeys, frustration and fulfillment.

Years ago, in my early teens, my classmates would get together to learn Chassidic melodies with two of the parents … Read the rest

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A Lesson from Twins for all of us

We came up with the idea of doing a “Twin-Shabbat” theme because there are currently 4 pairs of twins, that both the twins go to UAlbany who are active in the Jewish campus community, plus there are quite a few … Read the rest

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Superbowl 49 Football Inspiration

At Shabbos lunch before Superbowl Sunday we asked students to share some football inspiration or life messages. Students shared some wonderful things, we hope to remember and share most of it here.

YONATON A.

It’s no easy feat getting to … Read the rest

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A Mishna Mitzvah

This Friday was “Yud-Shvat” the 10th of Shvat which is the yartzeit of Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950) who was the 6th Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch. He is known as the Rebbe of Mesiras Nefesh (self-sacrifice) because of his fearless dedication … Read the rest

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Optimum Football Inflation

Without getting into the whole #DeflateGate scandal about the deflated footballs in the title game that sent the New England Patriots to the 49th Superbowl, and whether Coach Bill Belichek or QB Tom Brady are responsible, one thing I did … Read the rest

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The Belt, The Sandal & The Stick

At Shabbos Lunch, Rabbi Mendel held up a belt, a sandal and a big wooden stick and asked students if they knew what they were about. A  few guessed that it had something to do with Egyopt but weren’t sure Read the rest

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Bukharian History, a Melody, and a Freshmen Move-In Story

Thanks to to 3 generations of the Inoyatov family we’re celebrating Bukharian Shabbat tonight (the first Shabbat of Spring 2015 at UAlbany, Jan 23rd). I’d like to share three things: (a) a little about Bukhara (2) a Bukharain Chabad melody … Read the rest

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“Atem Shalom” a Bukharian & Chabad Song

“ATEM SHALOM” is a Bukharian Hebrew song (click here for the song played on Chabad.org) that was adopted by Chabad when Reb Refoel Chudaitov, a Bukharian Jew from Samarkand (tirelessly dedicated to the spiritual and physical needs of … Read the rest

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