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Shabbos is Shabbos!

a prospective parent was here for Shabbos, and shared some of what keeping Shabbos means to him and his family:

I came from a modern Orthodox family. We kept Shabbos – it was a given. The TV was never on, … Read the rest

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“You Choose To Come”

a UAlbany alumnus of 1992 was back for a visit with his two sons. He shared the following at Shabbos Lunch.

I work in Manhattan and about two years ago I had some time before an appointment in Midtown, so … Read the rest

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Announcement re: “Package” Coming over Break

You know sometimes you come home from a trip and see a package waiting for you near the door? Well, when students return from summer break there will be G-d willing a new arrival here, waiting for you when you … Read the rest

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The Omer Count & Viktor Frankel

From the Second Seder of Passover up until the Shavuot holiday we count up one night at a time, from Day 1 to Day 49. This is the Mitzvah of the Sefirat HaOmer, the Omer Count. For more about the Read the rest

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Messianic Complexes & Blessings

There’s a verse from Isaiah 10 that appears both in the Haftorah for the 8th Day of Passover, as well as in a personal prayer said when the Ark is opened on Festivals.

“And the spirit of G-d shall rest … Read the rest

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This is My G-d, and the G-d of My Fathers

In my early teens I listened to an extensive tape series (on cassette tapes) of Rabbi Yoel Kahn (a legendary, brilliant and articulate Chassidic teacher) on Tanya (classic text of Chassidic thought written by the first Chabad Rebbe). The series … Read the rest

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Why We Remember Splitting of the Sea Every Day

Those who pray every day recall the Splitting of the Sea every single day in the morning prayers. Why is this important to remember on a daily basis, and not just on Passover or perhaps only on Shabbos? Here are … Read the rest

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It’s OK to be Six, even as you turn Seven

Our nephews and nieces are visiting from Chicago. This morning over Passover breakfast we had this conversation with our nephew Levi.

“How old are you?” we asked.

“Six,” he answered.

It turns out that his 7th birthday is on Passover, … Read the rest

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Henry on Love, Beauty, Freedom & Having It All

This Thursday, after the Passover Seders, we attended two funerals of people we know from the community. As the Yiddish saying goes, “No one should die any younger” for both these people lived long and full lives. At each of … Read the rest

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The Rebbe’s “Big Project” Shmurah Matzah

A Yeshiva friend of mine recently shared this story with me:

A wealthy man from a non-Chabad Chassidic community was an admirer of the Rebbe’s work. Once he had opportunity to see the Rebbe, sometime close to Passover, and offered … Read the rest

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