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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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Changing Lightbulbs

Bedtime is an important ritual in this house, especially for the younger kids, on nights that we don’t have events going on. Reading books, Or “stories from my mind” is a big part of it. We go to the Library … Read the rest

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The Sukkahleh Song

Thanks to enthusiastic students over the years, this Sukkaleh song has become a true Shabbos House favorite, sung every night in the Sukkah, and on other nights of the year as well. This rhyming translation adaption (it is true to … Read the rest

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Syrian Jewish History

When coming up with a list of countries to “visit” this Sukkot as part of our “around the world” Sukkot experience, we knew we had to put Syria into the mix, given all the current events there – and knowing … Read the rest

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Our Chinese Family Roots

Tonight we’re doing Chinese in the Sukkah, on the 2nd night of Sukkot, 5774. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you how Shanghai China was an escape and haven for my grandfather R’ Moshe Rubin and Raizy’s … Read the rest

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UAlbany Israel Memories

This year we did an “around the world” theme for the first four meals of Sukkot. Our second stop (for lunch on the first day on YomTov) was Israel. We asked everyone present to share a short memory of Israel. … Read the rest

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“Fistuali Anali” An Italian story about relationships

This is a story from the book “A Life Examined is a Life Worth Living” about a couple honeymooning in Italy.

The husband spent some of his youth in Italy where his father served in the US foreign service. So … Read the rest

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YK: Shofar Blowing in Marching Band Uniform

This year, for the first time ever, UAlbany has it’s own Marching Band, which debuts in the new Bob Ford Field Football Stadium, in their first game opener tonight. Jeff asked if we would be OK to come to Neilah … Read the rest

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YK: Our Yom-Kippur Appeal

How can we go through all of Yom-Kippur without an appeal? No self-respecting synagogue would do that! We don’t want anyone to feel they’re not getting their monies worth at our High Holiday Services, so now as we stand at … Read the rest

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