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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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Why is Fire the Example?

In today’s Torah portion of Vayakhel, the Torah opens with the general laws of Shabbos, prohibition against “work” and then gives one example: “Do not burn fire on the Sabbath.” The Talmud questions as to why of all the 39 … Read the rest

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What’s the Difference?

by Rabbi Shlomo Galperin

In my Brooklyn synagogue this week I heard two stories of the Rebbe, half a century apart, yet with a similar message.

The first story I heard from Rabbi Ephraim Piekarsky who was teaching a Chassidus … Read the rest

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Hearing from the Hendels

Rabbi Sholom Ber and Nechama Dina Hendel of Monsey (Raizy’s sister and brother-in-law) visited us this Shabbos with their three sons on their Presidents Weekend break. We, our children and the students really enjoyed their visit. Here are some of … Read the rest

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