Yad L’isha frees 30th aguna in 2014

During the course of her short, 3-year marriage, M.A. suffered from physical, economic and verbal violence and lived under the complete control of her husband who, among other things, took her credit card, refused to give her money and disconnected the phone line to prevent her from having contact with her friends and family. He said …

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“In Polish city, a wedding celebrates Jewish rediscovery and revival” – JTA

This amazing story of an amazing Jewish couple highlights Jewish renewal in Poland, and features Wroclaw’s rabbi, Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi Tyson Herberger. “In Polish city, a wedding celebrates Jewish rediscovery and revival” by Ruth Ellen Gruber 06/24/2014 WROCLAW, Poland (JTA) — When Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg tied the knot at the historic White Stork synagogue …

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“Being Normal: A Pat on the Back: Great or Gratuitous?”

Rabbi GrunsteinBeing Normal” – Audio Series by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, 

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #57: “A Pat on the Back: Great, or Gratuitous?” 

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Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Riskin (video)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin speaking

Atem Nikraim Adam” — We are One.”

In this week’s commentary on Chukat, Rabbi Riskin explains how all Jews are part of one entity as he prays for the safe and speedy return of our three kidnapped boys.

“Being Normal: Why G-d ‘Allows’ Things to Happen”

Rabbi GrunsteinBeing Normal” – Audio Series by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, 

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #56: “Why G-d ‘Allows’ Things to Happen” 

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“From Vision to Reality” – Jerusalem Post

“From Vision to Reality” A Manhattan rabbi’s journey to the rocky hilltop that became Efrat by Anav Silverman – 20/6/14 At the height of OTS’s 30th anniversary celebrations, journalist Anav Silverman interviewed Rabbi Shlomo Riskin for the Jerusalem Post.  Click here to read the original article in PDF format When Rabbi Shlomo Riskin left New York with …

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Parshat Chukat — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-21:35)           Efrat, Israel –  “The entire House of Israel wept over Aaron” (Numbers 20:29) Why was Moses, the greatest prophet who ever lived and who sacrificed a princedom in Egypt to take the Hebrews out of Egypt, denied entry into the land of Israel?  Was it because he …

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“Being Normal: Our Missing Boys”

Rabbi GrunsteinBeing Normal” – Audio Series by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, 

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #55: “Thinking About Our Missing Boys” 

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Women Halakhic Leaders and Decisors

Below is the English translation of an invitation to an exciting – even historic – evening dedicated to “Women’s Halachic Leadership in Israeli Society,” under the auspices of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halachic Leadership (WIHL), an OTS program which broke new ground seven years ago by enabling women scholars to engage in a five-year course of study covering the same material covered by male rabbinical students, qualifying them to provide authoritative halachic decisions (psak) to the Jewish community in all matters of Jewish law and Jewish living.

The event will debut a compilation of She’elot U’Teshuvot (Jewish legal Responsa) penned by two WIHL graduates who have passed the tests equivalent to those taken by male rabbinical students after five years of intensive study, and who have been certified by the WIHL as decisors of halakha: Idit Bartuv and Anat Novoslevsky. The responsa relate to myriad subjects ranging from Shabbat and Festivals to issues pertaining to Jewish society and the State of Israel, testifying to the wide scope of halakha covered by WIHL students at the highest of levels.

After mastering exams in Kashrut, Family Purity, Shabbat, Mourning and Marriage, WIHL graduates are conferred with the traditional title of “Morat Hora’ah” (meaning that they hold a license to decide on matters of Jewish law) by Rabbi Riskin and WIHL head Rabbi Shuki Reich, (who is also rosh yeshiva of OTS’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary for men).

If you are in the area: please join us! And if not, we trust that you will take pride in the achievements of these extraordinary women spiritual leaders and decisors. We have no doubt that with time, their contribution will facilitate a much-needed change within modern Orthodoxy and serve a crucial need to both the national-religious and secular communities in Israel.

Invitation (translated to English)

For more information or to RSVP contact Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner sklitsner@ots.org.il

 

“Being Normal: Targeted Davening”

Rabbi GrunsteinBeing Normal” – Audio Series by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, 

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #54: “Should we Daven in Times of Crisis for Specific Results?” 

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Parshat Korach — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Efrat, Israel – “What’s in a name?”, wryly asked the great English playwright William Shakespeare, denying any connection between the appellation and the essence.  By contrast, “one’s name defines one’s persona”(k’shmo ken hu– as is his name, so is he), declared the Talmudic Sages, insisting that externals – and …

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