The Forgotten Jewish Community of Ecuador

The Synagogue in Quito Ecuador

The following article in the OU’s Jewish Action magazine celebrates the work of Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi Nir Koren as he revitalizes Jewish life in Quito, Ecuador The Forgotten Jewish Community of Ecuador Jewish Action Magazine Jews have been living in Ecuador since the Spanish conquest in the 1500s, but those early Sephardic families almost completely …

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From Sacred Garments to Everyday Clothes

Rabbanit Nomi Berman

From Sacred Garments to Everyday Clothes Rabbanit Nomi Berman Rosh Beit Midrash, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The details are dizzying.  First in the Torah and then mapped out in seven chapters of Mishnah.  Beginning seven days before Yom Kippur, the schedule of the Kohen Gadol is regimented and intense.  In …

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The Biblical Meaning of “Kippurim”

The Biblical Meaning of “Kippurim”  Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Midreshet Lindenbaum  Is the ‘Day of ATONEMENT’ a precise translation for YOM KIPPUR?  In English, the word ‘atonement’ implies amends for a certain wrongdoing. In this sense, the ‘Day of Atonement’ implies expiation for transgressions that may have been committed over the course of the previous year. …

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The Revelation of Yom Kippur

The Revelation of Yom Kippur Rabbanit Dena Freundlich Midreshet Lindenbaum The theme of “memory” figures prominently during the High Holy Days, particularly on Rosh Hashana, which the Torah calls Yom Hazikaron and Zichron Terua . To underscore this concept, our Sages quote God as saying, “Recite your memories to Me, so that your memories may come up to Me for …

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Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call

Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call Rabbi Benjy Myers Educational Director, Beren-Amiel and Straus Amiel Emissary Programs Twice a year we conclude a religious service with the words “Next year in Jerusalem” – “לשנה הבאה בירושלים”.  The first time is at the formal ending of the Pesach Seder, and the second is at the …

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Letting Go

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk

Letting Go Rabbi Shlomo Vilk Rosh Yeshivat Machanaim, Named in Memory of Joseph and Leila Applebaum The soul has two primary ways of preserving the past: through nostalgia and memory. Nostalgia is a negative force insofar as it arouses longing again and again and again, and does not allow the future to shine through into …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayelech 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayelech Deuteronomy (31:1- 31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I will surely hide My face on that day for all the evils which they shall have perpetrated, in that they have turned to other gods.” (Deuteronomy 31:18) But how do we narrow the gulf between a hidden God and a …

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