OTS Emissaries: Responsibility to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael

OTS-trained rabbis and educators currently serving communities in the Diaspora have temporarily traded in their ‘shlichlut‘ to the world for emergency ‘shlichut’ in Israel, returning home to join their comrades in Gaza. It is common for graduates of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary programs serving as rabbis and educators in Jewish communities overseas to return …

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Parshat Vaetchanan — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)           Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.”  (Isaiah40:1) This Shabbat takes its name from our prophetic reading  (Shabbat Nachamu,  the Sabbath of comfort.)  Indeed, the entire month is known as Menachem Av, the comforting month of Av.  And in …

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