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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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Shabbat Prep #MannequinChallenge

As this #mannequinchallenge was going around online, Rachel L. of our Lchaim Student Board had everyone freeze during Shabbat Dinner prep, whether holding drained pasta, peeling a potato or shaping Matzah-balls over a boiling pot – resulting in this short … Read the rest

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Covenant of the Parts – Fire it Up!

You guys know I like to focus on the positive, but tonight I’d like to share with you a spooky piece of Torah, it’s an eerie description, the Torah itself calls it ominous and filled with dread. It’s in this Read the rest

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Joe Shapiro OBM

This is the gravestone of Joe Shapiro, a UAlbany alumnus who died before his time, buried on Fuller Road in the shadow of his alma mater. Joe was adopted and then orphaned at a young age, with no known blood … Read the rest

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