A Thousand Words – October 21, 2019

Milner family

Faculty and staff of the Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs have a tradition of escorting graduate families to the airport as they embark upon their shlichut and presenting them with Israeli flags – a symbol of the reason for their trip.  Unfortunately, when Nini and Matan Milner (pictured left and center) left for Manchester …

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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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“You walk around freely with your kippa on?”

Rabbi Uzi Levian of Gothenburg Sweden

“You walk around freely with your kippa on?” by Rabbi Uzi Levian | Kipa News | October 10, 2019 On the night of Yom Kippur, following a moving prayer service and a reunion with Gothenburg’s Jewish members, some of whom I had last seen exactly a year before, we walked out of our community building …

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Parshat Haazinu: “Great is this song”

Yael Tawil

Parashat Haazinu: “Great is this Song” On Rosh Hashana, we want Hashem’s heavenly kingship to be revealed in our world, and on Yom Kippur, to elevate our world toward heaven. Thoughts on the connection between Shirat Haazinu and the High Holy Days Yael Tawil is the Principal of Ohr Torah Stone’s Jennie Sapristein Junior High …

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The Bet Din Ruled: Shaming for Get-Refuser Living Abroad

Yigal Sagi get refuser

The Bet Din Ruled: Shaming for Get-Refuser Living Abroad This is Yigal Sagi – a get-refuser who is preventing his wife from receiving a divorce and jailing her in their failed marriage. A decade ago he left for the United States, he is not cooperating with the Israeli rabbinical court. Now the dayanim have ruled …

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“Dvir Kodsheinu” – our Holy Sanctuary

Dvir Kodsheinu (our Holy Sanctuary) – an evening in memory of Dvir Sorek Approximately 600 people attended a moving evening in memory of Dvir Sorek Hy”d in Ohr Torah Stone’s Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva Arutz 7 | 4 October, 2019 An evening of learning entitled “Entering the Dvir (Sanctuary)” took place yesterday (Thursday) …

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