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Student work: Chabad House


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Casey Ford Alexander, class of 2010, profiles a Torah dedication at Chabad House, which offers campus community members opportunities to learn about Hasidic Jewish thought.


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Sam Siegel:
I've been coming to Chabad since I arrived.

Sam Siegel:
I've evolved from a passive supporter for Chabad -- coming

Sam Siegel:
to Shabbat dinners every so often -- to a proudly active,

Sam Siegel:
engaged member, who tries to come both for

Sam Siegel:
Shabbas dinners every week, and the events in between.

Molly Slotznick:
Today marks an important day for Chabad House here at

Molly Slotznick:
Princeton. Following from the recent

Molly Slotznick:
recognition of Rabbi Eitan Webb as a Princeton University

Molly Slotznick:
chaplain, today's Torah dedication

Molly Slotznick:
reflects the continuing growth of Chabad here on campus.

Molly Slotznick:
This is not only a cause for celebration,

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but also a cause for congratulation,

Molly Slotznick:
for the success of Chabad would not have been possible without

Molly Slotznick:
the devotion and enthusiasm of Rabbi Eitan and Gitty Webb.

Molly Slotznick:
Their hard work has made the Chabad House into a home away

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from home for many students on campus.

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And the numerous and varied activities and events they hold

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ensure that every student can find a place for him or herself at Chabad.

Maia Aron:
"As long as we keep the Torah, we can survive any holocaust."

Maia Aron:
Those were the words of Sandra Brand, who survived the Holocaust.

Maia Aron:
She came to the United States,

Maia Aron:
she made her fortune, and she founded the Sandra Brand Torah Project.

Maia Aron:
The program, which it's my privilege to have

Maia Aron:
helped her with, awards Torahs to students on college campuses.

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
The custom among the Jewish people is that on Simchat Torah

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
-- the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah,

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
the conclusion of the Torah, as well as by a Torah

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
dedication -- we take a Torah, roll it up, wrap it in its cover and dance.

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
And this could seem odd.

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
If the Torah is the wisdom of God, if the Torah is

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
intellectual pursuit, one might expect that a

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
dedication ceremony should include in-depth study,

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
analysis and have the good be reflected in the satisfaction of

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
understanding a nuance, the excitement of appreciating

Rabbi Eitan Webb:
a new idea, a new concept, in the Torah.

Ethan Lumir:
With this Torah, I pray and I hope this

Ethan Lumir:
community continues to be stronger than it already is,

Ethan Lumir:
that we continue to be united as one Jewish community on the

Ethan Lumir:
campus of Princeton University.

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