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Rebbe’s Shofar Rising from the Brown Paper Bags

A vivid, uplifting memory of the Rebbe’s Shofar blowing in 770 – Lubavitch:

Before Rosh Hashanah the Rebbe would receive many thousands of letters known as Pan/Panim/a soulful letter. Some came by mail from all corners of the world, and … Read the rest

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Kavanaugh just before Rosh Hashanah

Some #highholiday thoughts gleaned from #Kavanaugh & the #KavanaughConfirmationHearings taking place in the days leading up to #RoshHashanah & #YomKippur… thread >

To be clear: these are not meant to be in political or support/detract from the issues, concerns, positions … Read the rest

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One-Eyed MobilEye

In preparation for Mois Navon’s talk here on September 5th, 2018, I read up a bit on the Israeli company MobilEye (bought by Intel), to the limited extent that my untrained non-technical eye can understand. And I came across this … Read the rest

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Why Illusionist as Intro to College Life?

This isn’t really a question, because the real reason UAlbany hosted a (very talented) illusionist on the first night of freshmen move-in was for entertainment purposes and a form of enjoyable bonding on a night that could be full of … Read the rest

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College as Arrivals and Departures

It so happens this year that college move-in and the start of classes for UAlbany’s Fall semester 2018 falls between the Torah portions of Ki-Teitzei (“when you will go out / or go forth”) and Ki-Tavo (“when you will come … Read the rest

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Man is like a Tree of the Field… because:

Shoftim is the Torah portion with the famous verse which compares “man to a tree of the field”. True, this is usually celebrated on Tu Bishvat (Jewish New Year for Trees) but this Parsha and verse is a good time … Read the rest

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Often it is Our Choice

In the summer of 1960, the Rebbe shared this Baal Shem Tov story with camp children:

One time, a wagon got stuck in the mud, and the non-Jewish wagon-driver poked his head into the Baal Shem Tov’s synagogue, asking his … Read the rest

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The Comforting Haftorah Sequence

The middle of summer commemorates the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash (Jerusalem Temple) on Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) but then turns into a season of comfort, of reassurance, of support, encouragement and uplift. Most aren’t depressed about going to … Read the rest

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A Shema Yisrael (Hear O’ Israel) Collection

This post started off as tweets about the #Shema…

Before getting carried away with more depth and inner meaning of the #Shema, here’s a link to basic key “ten facts every Jew should know about #Shema” from @chabad. 

(1) #Shema … Read the rest

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Tidbits about the Temple

Tisha B’Av is the saddest date of the Jewish calendar when we mourn the destruction of the first and second Jerusalem Temples, known in Hebrew as the Beit HaMikdash, and yearn and hope for the rebuilding of the third Temple … Read the rest

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