A Thousand Words – June 24, 2019

Akiva Sasson saying goodbye to his employers in the makolet

Students in the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs, the only Orthodox, fully-immersed, year-in-Israel program for young adults with special needs, learn Torah and tour the country during their year in Israel while they acquire skills for future independent living. Part of the training they receive is vocational; students worked in retail stores, kindergartens, offices, …

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“Everyone has something to contribute”

“Everyone has something to contribute” Naftali Stubin, a participant of the unique educational program in Israel for students with special needs wins Outstanding Soldier award. Arutz Sheva Staff, 23/06/19  In a moving ceremony that took place last week at the Etzion regional brigade base, 23-year-old Naftali Stubin of Passaic, New Jersey, received the Outstanding Soldier award …

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Shelach: It would have been more appropriate to send women as spies

Rabbanit Renana Birnbaum

Parshat Shelach: It would have been more appropriate to send women as spies Rabbanit Renana Birnbaum is the Director of the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute and OTS’s Conversion Institute for Spanish Speakers The spies understood their roles differently than what Moses had intended. What was the goal of their mission, and was it even …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Shelach Lecha 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsoredby the Charif family of Sydney, Australia    in memory of Bryna (Bertha) bat Nottel Noteh Charif whose 5th Yartzheit was on 21 Sivan. Shabbat Shalom: Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And God spoke unto Moses saying, ‘Send out men for yourself to spy …

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Rabbi Riskin Awarded Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education

Rabbi Riskin speaking

Ohr Torah Stone congratulates our Founder, Chancellor Emeritus and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, on being awarded the Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  The beauty of a revolution is that what is inconceivable one day suddenly becomes commonplace.  Rabbi Riskin has fomented a revolution in Judaism by redefining …

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A Thousand Words – June 17, 2019

In an incredible display of cooperation and camaraderie, 10 girls from OTS Ulpanat Oriya and OTS Neveh Channah, in memory of Anna Ehrman came together to participate in the national gymnastics competition on the Givat Washington campus. The girls choreographed the floor exercise all by themselves, practicing in their spare time and in unprofessional conditions… and …

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The Structure of the Menorah and the Structure of the Torah

Rav Boaz Pash

Parshat Behaalotcha: The Structure of the Menorah and the Structure of the Torah Rabbi Boaz Pash is the Rosh Kollel of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary‘s Torat Yosef Kollel At the beginning of this week’s Parsha, we read the following: “Hashem spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him, “When …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Behaalotcha 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Behaalotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And it came to pass, when the Ark traveled forward, that Moses said, “Rise up O God, and scatter Your enemies; and let them that hate You flee before You.” And when it rested he said, “Return O God, unto the myriads of the …

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