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The Fox, the Lion and 300 Jokes

Rabbi Shmuly Rubin of Union College Chabad shared this High Holiday parable from the Baal Shem Tov:
The animals were thinking of a way to approach the lion, king of the jungle. They felt intimidated and didn’t feel ready for … Read the rest
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The Erev Yom-Kippur Drunk

A long time ago, in Eastern Europe, a Jew was thrown into debtor’s prison a day or two before Yom-Kippur. He leased a inn or business from the local nobleman, and had fallen behind on his rent. His family was … Read the rest

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Yertle the Turtle, Little Mack & Rosh Hashanah

Many are familiar with Dr. Seuss’ “Yertle the Turtle” (a parable about dictators and those who abuse others in their pursuit of power) so I won’t repeat the whole story. It’s easy to find, look it up and read it.… Read the rest

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Protected: If we’d only realize what our parents invested in us…

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Long & Short of a 3-Day YomTov

This year, the two days of Rosh Hashanah are Thursday and Friday (beginning Wednesday night) which end just as Shabbat begins. So practically speaking it creates a set of 3-days in which work is prohibited and they are filled instead … Read the rest

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The Juggler & the Cyclist: Nitzavim & Vayelech

This week I merited to see two Jews happily put on Tefillin outside the synagogue context, who ordinarily wouldn’t do it. One was the talented juggler at the Shalom Festival in Saratoga’s Congress Park. He rolled up his sleeve between … Read the rest

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Lazer Lloyd and the Flat-5

Earlier this summer Raizy and I went up to  hear Israeli/Jewish Blues Musician Lazer Llyod play at Saratoga Chabad.  Lazer is a Skidmore alumn, and this was his first tour back from Israel in the US in many years. While … Read the rest

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Why the Tehillim Story?

Today Chai (18th of) Elul  is the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement. There are so many beautifully inspiring stories of the Baal Shem Tov (and here little Bluma interjected that she knows a bunch … Read the rest

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Starting College & the Barrel Race

One of our end of summer family rituals is to go to the local country fair. It gives the kids a chance to see animals, agriculture, etc. Perhaps the highlight was feeding the giraffe, even our littlest Esther-Miriam got to … Read the rest

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Shmaltz Island and the College Lesson

This fanciful parable has been told at many a Jewish campsite, but this is basically the version I heard from my uncle Rabbi Moshe Chanowitz (at a Jewish teen overnight) and this is the one I recently told my children … Read the rest

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