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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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Remembering Zeide Piekarsky – Yartzeit Shushan Purim Kattan

Today is the yartzeit of my grandfather, Zeide Rabbi Yechiel Michel Piekarsky. He passed away almost twenty years ago. I lived in his home for ten years while studying in Yeshiva in Crown Heights, so I have many memories. On … Read the rest

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Why only a “Little Love”? Purim-Kattan Inspired

We named this Shabbos (Feb 14th / Adar I 14) “Shabbat with a Little Love”. Why only a little love? And what’s up with the magnifying glasses spread over the tables tonight?

This month the Jewish and secular calendar dates … Read the rest

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Jewish Noise

In Parshas Tetzaveh we read about the clothing and vestments of the Kohain Gadol, the Jewish High Priest, back in Temple & Tabernacle days. One of the distinctive features was a series of bells jingling from the hem of his … Read the rest

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Bells & Pomegranates: Listening?

The Torah speaks of two ornaments on the bottom hem of the High Priest’s robe: golden bells and fabric pomegranates.

Based on two interpretations of the Hebrew word btocham the commentaries differ on how the bells and pomegranates were placed.… Read the rest

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