“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayishlach 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  We left Jacob at the end of last week’s portion as he was leaving behind Laban and Laban-land, heaven-bent on returning to the land of Abraham and to the house of Isaac. Jacob understands that his inner self has been …

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Nachum Segal interviews Rabbi Brander about upcoming Sefer Torah dedication in honor of Rabbi Riskin

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“Whether its inclusion, or women’s leadership, or serious learning for men… or the high schools he created in America… or the aguna advocacy… or the tens of thousands we interact with through our shlichut program or the hundreds of thousands we interact with through the work we do in the Israeli community centers… Rabbi Riskin …

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Parshat Vayetze: Bidding farewell to idol-worship; this time, for good

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Bidding farewell to idol-worship; this time, for good Prayer is, above all else, an intimate encounter between a person and God. The prayer’s content includes requests and supplications from God, but the essence of the prayer is embodied, first and foremost, by the act of turning to Hashem. Content comes second. Rabbi Chaim Navon, senior faculty …

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“Parsha and Purpose” – Vayeitzei 5780

A Thousand Words – December 2, 2019

Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director of The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES visited Ohr Torah Stone this week to discuss child abuse prevention with some of the network’s principals and program directors.  Horowitz was in Israel to promote the Hebrew translation of his educational children’s book Be Safe which was distributed as an insert in …

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Celebrating Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

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Celebrating Rabbi Shlomo Riskin A celebration of Rabbi Riskin’s lifetime of achievement was launched this week with the debut of a one-man play developed and performed by renowned Israeli personality Jacky Levy, the first in a series of events designed to inform the next generation about Rabbi Riskin’s legacy and impact. The educational initiative goes …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayetze 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And Jacob kissed Rachel, and he lifted up his voice and he wept” (Gen 29:11) The Bible presents two models for finding one’s life partner: the Isaac-Rebekah arranged marriage model, and the romantic Jacob-Rachel model. In both instances, there must be “love” (ahava): …

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Thankfulness is a basic human virtue

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Thankfulness is a basic human virtue Today’s schools focus on teaching the whole child: heart, soul and mind. There is even a focus on spirituality in our schools. God has finally made it into the curriculum! BY KENNETH BRANDER |  November 30, 2019 Thankfulness is a basic human virtue, and a very Jewish one as …

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Investing in Orthodox women’s spiritual leadership

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Investing in Orthodox women’s spiritual leadership Ohr Torah Stone is pleased to announce that our five-year Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Honey Foundation, to advance the impact of women spiritual leaders in Orthodox communities throughout Israel. In keeping with the Honey Foundation’s mission – …

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Feeling at Home in the Synagogue

Feeling at Home in the Synagogue Yachad Program for Jewish Identity coordinators across Israel bring hundreds of children into shuls each year for hands-on “introduction to the synagogue” tours and events, creating ensuring that this generation grows up understanding that they can enter a synagogue whenever they want, feel comfortable there and know that they …

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Portraits of a Life in Chains

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Portraits of a Life in Chains A permanent exhibition has been unveiled at Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha offices, which displays works of art commissioned by the organization to highlight the plight of chained women. Ohr Torah Stone opened a permanent art exhibition this month at the flagship offices of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis …

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