A Thousand Words – February 18, 2019

Oriya at Ein Yael

40 sophomores and seniors from OTS’s Oriya High School participated in a very emotional and significant event commemorating Ori Ansbacher z”l today in Ein Yael. Run by Hashomer Hachadash (the New Guard), the “Day for Connecting to People and the Land (adam v’adama)” engaged participants in performing agricultural work in the area – a tribute to …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tisa 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And God spoke unto Moses: Take unto you sweet spices, stacte , onycha and galbanum , these sweet spices with pure frankincense , all of an equal weight.” (Exodus 30:34) One of the most unique aspects of the Sanctuary, continued …

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Israel Before All Else

Ethiopian Group at the Kotel

Israel before all else The government has not yet decided what to do with them; even among Israelis of Ethiopian descent not everyone is thrilled by their arrival; and in their native country, this voyage came at great expense.  However, eight members of the Falash Mura who came here on a special leadership program do …

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A Thousand Words – February 11, 2019

Matan in competition, and with family after winning

Congratulations to Matan Weiss, a senior at OTS’s Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School, for winning first place in the regional Chidon Tanach (Bible Quiz) and promotion to the national contest!  Special mention also to Ninth grader Achiya Greenbloom, also of Neveh Shmuel, for his promising participation, and to both boys’ classmates who came out to …

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Parshat Tetzaveh: The Role of the Incense Altar

Rabbi Baruch Kehat

Parashat Tetzaveh: the Role of the Incense Altar How does the Lower Altar differ from the Higher Altar, and why doesn’t the commandment regarding the Incense Altar appear in its natural place? by Rabbi Baruch Kehat, senior faculty of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva “There I will …

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Bus Company Ordered to Fire Employee for Refusing to Divorce Wife

two wedding bands

Israeli Bus Company Ordered to Fire Employee for Refusing to Divorce Wife The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court gave Egged 30 days to fire the abusive husband, who refuses to grant his wife a Jewish divorce Aaron Rabinowitz | Haaretz | Feb 10, 2019 The Jerusalem rabbinical court last Thursday ordered the Egged bus cooperative to fire …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Tetzave 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And you shall command the children of Israel… And you shall bring forth your brother Aaron and his sons together with him… And you shall speak to all of the wise-hearted.” (Exodus 27:20–28:3) Often what you really have is that which …

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Parshat Terumah: Always There

Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Always There It feels counter-intuitive, but the twice-daily sacrifices on the Temple altar are a good starting point to connect to God  Rabbanit Sally Mayers is the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program Which one verse in the Torah summarizes what Judaism is all about? A midrash quoted in the …

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Staying Connected

Since taking on the mantle of leadership at OTS, President Rabbi Kenneth Brander has made a priority of remaining engaged with both students and staff, visiting the various institutions and programs to give shiurim, dialogue and answer questions, as well as hosting OTS students – along with his wife, Ruchie –  on a regular basis …

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