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The Omer Count & Viktor Frankel

From the Second Seder of Passover up until the Shavuot holiday we count up one night at a time, from Day 1 to Day 49. This is the Mitzvah of the Sefirat HaOmer, the Omer Count. For more about the Read the rest

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Messianic Complexes & Blessings

There’s a verse from Isaiah 10 that appears both in the Haftorah for the 8th Day of Passover, as well as in a personal prayer said when the Ark is opened on Festivals.

“And the spirit of G-d shall rest … Read the rest

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This is My G-d, and the G-d of My Fathers

In my early teens I listened to an extensive tape series (on cassette tapes) of Rabbi Yoel Kahn (a legendary, brilliant and articulate Chassidic teacher) on Tanya (classic text of Chassidic thought written by the first Chabad Rebbe). The series … Read the rest

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Why We Remember Splitting of the Sea Every Day

Those who pray every day recall the Splitting of the Sea every single day in the morning prayers. Why is this important to remember on a daily basis, and not just on Passover or perhaps only on Shabbos? Here are … Read the rest

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It’s OK to be Six, even as you turn Seven

Our nephews and nieces are visiting from Chicago. This morning over Passover breakfast we had this conversation with our nephew Levi.

“How old are you?” we asked.

“Six,” he answered.

It turns out that his 7th birthday is on Passover, … Read the rest

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Henry on Love, Beauty, Freedom & Having It All

This Thursday, after the Passover Seders, we attended two funerals of people we know from the community. As the Yiddish saying goes, “No one should die any younger” for both these people lived long and full lives. At each of … Read the rest

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The Rebbe’s “Big Project” Shmurah Matzah

A Yeshiva friend of mine recently shared this story with me:

A wealthy man from a non-Chabad Chassidic community was an admirer of the Rebbe’s work. Once he had opportunity to see the Rebbe, sometime close to Passover, and offered … Read the rest

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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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