Parshat Va’era — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Efrat, Israel – “Therefore say to the children of Israel:  ‘I am the Lord, and I shall remove you from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you from their labor, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  And I will take you to Me as a people …

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Melting the Ice

Jerusalem and Gush Etzion are still recovering from the worst snowstorm in decades. Today – eight days after the first flakes began to blanket the Judean hills – there are still homes without electricity, businesses that cannot open, streets covered in black ice, inestimable damage to property, and huge mounds of snow everywhere. But there are also heartwarming stories which so characterize Israelis. Displays of kindness, lightheartedness and generosity on levels far higher than the tallest snowdrift. Ohr Torah Stone’s students and faculty were no exception. We are proud of our teenage high-schoolers who volunteered to shovel out the driveways of local residents and visit elderly, sick or infirm members of their communities. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff members who exemplify the Jewish values of chessed and tzedek, who never forget those amongst us who are less fortunate and never forget the ideals on which the Torah stands. May the good deeds that transpired over the past week merit an Israel that is soft and white, long after the snow melts.

Parshat Shemot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 -6:1) Efrat, Israel –  “And these are the names of the Children of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each individual came with his household….And all the souls who emerged from the loins of Jacob were seventy souls….” (Exodus 1:1,5) These opening verses of the Book of Exodus are …

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“Being Normal: The Unbalanaced Chazzan”

grunsteinBeing Normal” – Audio Series by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, 

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #20: “The Unbalanced Chazzan” 

 

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“Being Normal: Abnormalities”

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Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #19: “Observed Abnormalities” 

 

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Parshat Vayechi — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Efrat, Israel – “Gather yourselves and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father” (Genesis 49:2) Death-bed scenes are usually fraught with tragedy; deep sadness at the specter of a life coming to an end with the inevitable frustrations of thwarted dreams, wrongs not yet righted, potential accomplishments …

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