Can You Hear Me? Multiple Meanings of the Sound of the Shofar

Can You Hear Me? Multiple Meanings of the Sound of the Shofar Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha, Maria & Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The sound of the shofar is always shocking at first, piercing the synagogue during the month of Elul, reminding us that Rosh Hashanah is near. It seems like ages …

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From Soul Searching to Holy Joy: the Festivals of Tishrei in the Shadow of COVID-19

From Soul Searching to Holy Joy: the Festivals of Tishrei in the Shadow of COVID-19 Rabbanit Devorah Evron, Director of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership One of the magical moments in the month of Tishrei is immediately following Yom Kippur, when we begin building the sukkah. The Holy Day is behind us, …

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Despite this Challenging Year, Still Seeking a Personal Rendezvous with God

Despite this Challenging Year, Still Seeking a Personal Rendezvous with God Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva There is a tradition to recite Psalm 47 as an introduction to the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, based on a statement in Masechet Sofrim (19:2) — כף תקעו העמים כל אומר השנה ובראש …

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Who by Earthquake and Who by Plague?

Who by Earthquake and Who by Plague? Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin Founder, Chancellor Emeritus and Rosh HaYeshiva We enter this Rosh HaShanah 5781 with heavy hearts in Israel, in the midst of a second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic Plague which has, as of the first week in September, claimed the lives of more than …

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U’Netaneh Tokef: Opening our Hearts and Creating Hope

U’Netaneh Tokef: Opening our Hearts and Creating Hope Pnina Omer Director, Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center for Agunot For many months now we have been living with a sense of powerlessness in the face of a global pandemic. The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world has badly shaken humanity’s sense of …

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Believing in Ourselves: Yom Kippur as a Day of Joy

Believing in Ourselves: Yom Kippur as a Day of Joy Rabbi Shay Nave, Director of the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity We all seek Divine chesed and personal joy in our lives, especially during a time in which there is so much pain, uncertainty and apprehension about Divine judgment in the world. Given these feelings, …

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Prayers that Reflect our Reality: A Rosh Hashanah for all of Humanity

Prayers that Reflect our Reality: A Rosh Hashanah for all of Humanity Rabbi Shuki Reich Rosh Kollel, Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary Rosh Machon, Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership Senior Talmud Lecturer, Midreshet Lindenbaum Rosh Hashanah Prayers: The Universal and the Particular A common theme of the prayers on Rosh Hashanah is …

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Inspiration in this Time of Turmoil: The Yamim Noraim in the Shadow of COVID-19

As Rosh Hashana approaches we seek inspiration, meaning and reconnection. Especially this year – a year of challenge, turmoil, uncertainty and heartbreak – we are pleased to be able to share with you a pamphlet of relevant and topical insights from the stellar members of the OTS faculty, who continue to inspire their students and make …

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