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Oops, forgot the lettuce!

We were praying this Shabbat morning when Raizy sent me a message with one of the kids, “Did you buy the lettuce at BJ’s?” No, I didn’t. It wasn’t on the list. On Friday afternoon Raizy sent me out with … Read the rest

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And they walked together…

The Akeida (Binding of Isaac) is one of the most challenging stories of the Bible. It is a central Torah reading on Rosh Hashanah, it poses complex philosophical and theological questions, has been a dramatic artistic visual, and above all … Read the rest

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5 Basketball Lessons

At the Maimonides School I work with the students in preparing a weekly newsletter titled “MC – Maimonides Community”. A new feature this year is “High-5” each week students choose 5 key points about a certain subject.

This week was … Read the rest

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A Chassidic Drinking Song

Disclaimer: For Chassidim this song wasn’t about drinking, it’s a metaphor for the thirst Chassidim have for the Rebbe’s teaching and invigorating inspiration.

(It’s especially appropriate this week, as Columbus Day Weekend falls on Parshat Lech-Lecha, which tells of G-d … Read the rest

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Deb Tambor, Shulem Deen, and Us…

The tragic and untimely death of Deb Tambor this week brought to the fore a painful and troubling issue, well-articulated in a  Tablet magazine article written by Shulem Deen, another ex-Skver Chassid who like Deb Tambor was estranged from … Read the rest

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“Rabbi, in this attire!?”

We had a team of girls from APO take down the Schach and a later a team of guys from AEPI come over and help us take out the boards and put away the Sukkah. The guys were there late, … Read the rest

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Tribute to Simchas Torah Dancers

This year Simchat Torah may have been smaller crowd-wise, but was one of our liveliest and most dynamic ever! Thursday night Hakafot dancing started 8:30pm and the 7th Hakfah (dance circuit) was still going strong at midnight.

Often Simchat Torah … Read the rest

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“Dance because you are Jewish!”

In the early 199o’s Shlomo Carlebach (the well-known inspirational teacher, composer, folk-singer of hundreds of popular Jewish melodies) played his last concert in Albany. It was at the Albany Girls Academy auditorium on Academy Road and I remember it well. … Read the rest

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The “Hoshiyah” Song

One of the songs sung most often on Simchat Torah  is “Hoshiya es Amecha” – its an easy natural, comes right off the Aneinu intros, and is usually sung a couple of times before new Hakafah songs are sung.

There’s … Read the rest

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Why emphasize Lulav over Etrog?

It so happens that today, on Shabbos, the last of a long 3-day YomTov with many meals served, we’re down to 9 green tablecloths, and one yellow. This set-up makes you think of the Lulav and Etrog. (Truth is we … Read the rest

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