Restoring the Service to the “Dvir” 

Neveh Channah girls making mosaic

Restoring the Service to the “Dvir”  Students at OTS’s Neveh Channah High School for Girls, in memory of Anna Ehrman, exhibited increased social involvement in light of security events that occurred recently in the Gush Etzion area. After making cookies for locally-serving soldiers and attaching personal thank-you letters, and after participating in a memorial service …

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A Thousand Words – October 14, 2019

Boys from the Ramot school building sukkot for neighboring senior center

Students from the Jacob Sapirstein Junior High and High School in Ramot, Jerusalem spent the day prior to the Festival of Sukkot helping out their neighbors.  In conjunction with the city’s welfare department, upperclassmen went to various locations throughout the community to help elderly or infirm residents build a sukka. “It’s such a great feeling to …

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Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah?

Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah? Rabbanit Sally Mayer is Rosh Midrasha of the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah describes Succot repeatedly as a seven–day holiday (Vayikra 23, Bemidbar 29, Devarim 16). Yet the pesukim add that the eighth day will be “atzeret,” literally “stopping” or “gathering,” to be celebrated …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Chol HaMoed Sukkot By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – One of the most picturesque and creative festivals of the year is the Festival of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) – when the entire family is involved in building and decorating a special “nature home” which will be lived in for an entire …

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