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Why the ZEN Atrium is great space for #UAlbanyShabbat360

#ualbanyShabbat360 2017 will be held on Friday night March 3rd, 2017 in the glass-atrium of the CNSE Nanotech ZEN Building. See this Shabbat 360 2017 link for more details on tshirt signup, walking groups, and more! 

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Private & Public Growth

One of the big things in the news this week was the confirmation hearings and public debate over Trump’s controversial Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. Intense discussion of her qualifications, educational background, personal wealth and political contributions, opinions on education … Read the rest

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So help me G-d!

You may know this line from official oaths of office. It’s also the opening line and theme of a heartfelt Sephardic melody that was adopted by Chabad.

“Azreini Ey-l Chai Lehachniyah et Yetzer Hamefateh Hameiriah…”

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This.

Often you see retweets or posts captioned with a single word that says: THIS. It’s an emphatic word that embodies specificity, focus, and clarity. It’s unambiguous, it isn’t confused, there’s no nuance, no wavering. THIS means that you are absolutely … Read the rest

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In Your Own Voice

The Book of Devarim, Deuteronomy, is different than the first four books of the Torah, in that Moshe is speaking in first person. Instead of “G-d said to Moshe” (third-person), this fifth book is said in first-person, in Moshe’s own … Read the rest

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The Nuisance & Sacrifice of Frogs

What’s Jewish about frogs? Passover, of course. (Passover isn’t for a while but this week’s Torah Parsha Vaera has 7 of the 10 Plagues).  The second plague may be the most Disney-esque of them all, imagine the animation going into … Read the rest

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Amona, Israel

Shlomi D. works for an Israeli aircraft industries company and comes to this area to visit a Boeing contractor. When it falls over a weekend he likes to spend Shabbat with us. Here’s what he shared with us at Shabbat Read the rest

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Jacob, the Drivecycle and Us

During Thursday night setup for Shabbos, I mentioned to Raizy something about doing another late night drive near midnight.

Avi – who has been setting up selflessly and dedicatedly for four years now – politely asked “Where do you and … Read the rest

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Two Types of Pickles

Usually, my go-to Pickles inspiration is from Tanya chapter 27, about two types of delicacies: sweet & pleasant vs. spicy or pickled. But this year at our Pickle Table on campus, I came across a new life-message and Chassidic inspiration … Read the rest

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Two Things I Love about Paul Vandenburgh’s Talk1300

November 2016 marks the 10 year milestone when Capital Region area of New York local radio talk host Paul Vandenburgh went off on his own and made his own radio station.

I’m personally not a fan of several things about … Read the rest

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