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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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Making the Case for a Case for Google Glass

An alumnus of ours Ayelet G. has been promoting a kickstarter project for a protective case for Google Glass. It seems that the original bag that Google Glass comes in doesn’t offer enough protection befitting such an expensive carry-around piece … Read the rest

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Fire & Ice “Thrilling Contradictions” Porsche Commercial

There’s no chance we’re getting a Porsche. Zero chance. In fact, given our family’s size and lifestyle and budget we’re more likely to get a mini-school bus than a sporty Porsche, even a useful sports & family sedan-type like this … Read the rest

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How a Parking Space can help us understand each other

My brother-in-law, Rabbi Shimon Galperin of Solon Ohio, shared this brain-teaser on our family’s “WhatsApp”. It’s probably floating around the internet.  I’m not always so good at these mind games and brain teasers. It took me a couple of minutes, … Read the rest

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No one cares? The children are coming!

The Vishedsky and Gorodesky families were a big part of my father-in-law’s youth in Tashkent (then Russia, today Uzbekistan), so we heard the names often. The other day I was browsing the JEM (Jewish Educational Media) APP for free videos … Read the rest

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5 Life Lessons from Snow

Rabbi Mendel teaches mornings at the Maimonides School in Albany NY. One of his classes is TNT/MC (Torah and Technology, and the Maimonides Community newsletter) which he prepares with students each week, with reporting on their learning, photos from activities Read the rest

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