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DIY Passover Seder Links and Resources

As many will be hosting their own Passover Seders this year for the first time, we’ve been doing Haggadah Insights over Facebook Live, and a Torah-Tuesday Model Seder to help students, alumni and parents be better prepared. 

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Our Haggadah Insights on Facebook Live

In the 2 weeks leading up to Passover 2020 with students away and many students, alumni and parents all eager to learn more about Passover, as some are doing their own Seders for the first time, we did a series … Read the rest

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Micro Macro, the Puddle & the Sky

Let us share the story and message of these 2 pictures taken yesterday on our social-distancing stay-home walk around the UAlbany campus. The weather has been nice (aside for that very random snowfall, which was nice, too!) and we like … Read the rest

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Thought is Potent & Effective

There’s a 2-word phrase with drastically different interpretations in Talmud vs. Chassidus, but both interpretations have relevance & lessons to our current Coronavirus Covid19 situation.

The phrase is מחשבה מועלת = thought is potent or effective. I grew up with … Read the rest

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Distancing & Loneliness

First a few words about the current importance of social-distancing to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Covid-19:

We must follow the current recommendations of Social-Distancing to try to stem the tide of this virus. Young people aren’t much of a … Read the rest

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Shared at UAlbany Purim Meal 2020

Our Purim Seudah (Meal) 2020 (5780) at Shabbos House had a great vibe and many students shared meaningful things. Spring break around the corner, midterms underway, Coronavirus in the air, but we did have a beautiful Seudah. Here’s tidbits of what … Read the rest

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Don’t Touch Your Face

As the still mysterious and unknown (indeed, it’s called “novel”) Coronavirus Covid-19 begins to hit closer to home, we’re starting to take some more precautions. After all, we do have to be responsible. Some of the recommendations of the CDC … Read the rest

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Purim Tweets (Megillah insights, tidbits etc)

PURIM TWEETS (Megillah insights, tidbits & ideas to share)
by Mendel Rubin @shabboshouse with the #Purim or #Megillah hashtag as of March 2020

Click to download printable PDF version of PurimTweets of the Purim Tweets below. 

The #Mishna says “one … Read the rest

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An Nepalese Inspiration from the Corona-Virus

Most of my “Mendel’s Messages” posts are original ideas but now and then there’s something out there really special and want to share that which others said or wrote. This is a piece I heard from my mother who follows Read the rest

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Two Student Reactions to Torah Teachings

It so happens that today for a Bar-Mitzvah anniversary Kiddush on Shabbat Parsha Terumah, we served a selection of (very good) herring. We don’t usually that here. And the Torah reading is about the construction of the Mishkan (biblical desert … Read the rest

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