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Thinking Superbowl XLVIII

Super-Bowl-2014

I’m not much of a football maven myself, but with the Superbowl played this year just over 2 hours drive from here, I had to think of some meaningful message or connection. So on Friday afternoon, I posted this to … Read the rest

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MatzahBalls as a Mesophase

MatzahBall Table 2014

 

Each year at our annual Matzah Ball table in the cold of winter at UAlbany we try to think of a new life-message to be learned from the Matzah-Ball. One year it was about being in a conducive and … Read the rest

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Hup Cossack & The Bear Dance

“Hup Cossack” is a melody sung at Chassidic weddings and certain festive occasions. It begins slowly and builds increasing tempo as the song progresses. Here’s the story behind the melody – and a contemporary message.

Rabbi Arye Leib of Shpola … Read the rest

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R’ Moshe Greenberg’s Gulag Shabbat

by Rabbi Schneur Greenberg

Rabbi Schneur Greenberg and his wife Estie run Chabad of Commerce Township/Walled Lake Michigan. Estie is Raizy’s sister and they are both away this weekend at the “Shluchos Kinus” international conference for Chabad Women who do Read the rest

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MLK and the Haftorah

This year #MLKDay falls in the week that we read the Torah portion of Mishpatim. The Haftorah (section of Prophets read aloud after the Torah reading on Sabbath mornings in synagogue) is from Jeremiah chapters 34 and 33. Chabad.org has … Read the rest

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No Echo

When speaking of the 2nd set of 10 Commandments, the Torah in Deuteronomy says: “It was a great voice, without end.” The Talmud comments on “without end” and says, there was no echo.

Well, what were the circumstances? Would natural … Read the rest

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Jethro’s Vision

Yisro, or Yitro, (he had 7 names actually, so a little Ashkenasic/Sephardic dialect doesn’t matter much ) or Jethro in English – saw Moshe spending all day with people, adjudicating cases, listening to arguments and problems and questions. Jethro advised … Read the rest

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A Basi L’Gani Smorgasbord (tidbits from a Yud-Shvat Farbrengen)

For this year’s Albany Yud-Shvat Farbrengen (this year held at Shabbos House) we asked participants to share a Basi L’Gani tidbit, a favorite segment or message, to share as a part of a Basi L’Gani smorgasbord. This isn’t an exact … Read the rest

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U-Turn at Sea: 2 Reasons, 2 Rebbes

This week’s Torah portion is about the Splitting of the Sea and the Song at the Sea. Today is also Yud-Shvat, the 10th of Shvat, which is the yartzeit of the 6th Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1950) and … Read the rest

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An Emotional Twist on the Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex is the big word this week as a huge swath of Midwest and Central United States is hit with unusually cold frigid Artic temperatures. We have friends and relatives in Chicago and Detroit hit by daytime lows of … Read the rest

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