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The Schach Windfall and the Box Truck

First a little background: The Sukkah has to be covered by cut vegetation – called “Schach” – (that isn’t made yet into something specific). Most of our Sukkah is covered by bamboo mats which fit the halachic requirements for Sukkah Read the rest

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“Mendel’s Messages”: A Rosh Hashanah Collection

We’ve posted a lot of Rosh Hashanah posts over the years, here’s a collection of links to many of them.

ROSH HASHANAH TWEETS
This is the most comprehensive link – with tidbits about Shofar, quick Machzor commentary and nuggets about Read the rest

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The Fantasy Draft Frenzy and Rosh Hashanah

On the Sat Night before Rosh Hashanah, a student burst in to our Havdalah and Pizza, laptop in hand, got right to work, immersed and invested, focused like I’ve hardly ever seen him! It took a lull in his action … Read the rest

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The More is Less Nutritionist

I was driving around doing some errands before Shabbat a week or two ago and WAMC had a nutritionist named Nicole Rodriguez on their VoxPop call-in show program. OK, I know I could lose weight and all that, but it … Read the rest

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TPMS: An Indicator or a Cause? A thought about Symbolism.

For a while now, we’ve been having a slow leak in our minivan tires and the TPMS (Tire Pressure) indicator light would go on. We’d fill the tires, it would last for a time, but after a while, the same … Read the rest

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An Unusual Shana Tova Card from the Rebbe

First a little background: This week at Maimonides, I asked students in grades 4-8 the same few questions. One of them was: “If you had one (only one) Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Years) card to mail out, whom would you … Read the rest

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The Ladder and the Life-vest

For a prop this Shabbat Nitzavim we set up a green ladder with an orange life-vest hanging from it. 

What’s the connection? Here’s the verse from Devarim/Deut, Nitzavim 30:11-14:

For this mitzvah which I command you this day, it is Read the rest

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Why Start Off at Alumni House?

It so happens that this Fall 2021, two of UAlbany Hillel’s semester opening events were held at the Alumni House. True, it is a nice space and a retreat from campus (we had a portion of our son Moshe’s Bar-Mitzvah … Read the rest

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Lesson from a Taliban Strength

The rapid fall of Afghanistan and the Taliban conquest in mere days after the US withdrawal after twenty years of American war and nation-building was a huge shock and news buzz and the talk around town. As it should be. … Read the rest

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Wet Feet

I thought of this title because Chani (our daughter) is staffing a CTeen Extreme adventure road-trip from Denver to Los Angeles, and just sent us pictures of her hiking for miles immersed waist deep (sometimes higher) in the Virgin River … Read the rest

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