Yom Ha’Atzmaut And Yom Yerushalayim

“Observance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim” by Rabbi David Brofsky (Senior Faculty Member of Midreshet Lindenbaum)  04/24/2014 In 1949, a year after the establishment of the state of Israel, the Israeli government declared that the fifth of Iyar should be observed as a national holiday. In response, the chief rabbis of Israel, R. Yitzchak HaLevi …

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“Being Normal: Is the Majority of Your Life ‘Jewish’?”

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

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #48: “Is the Majority of Your Life ‘Jewish’?” 

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Parshat Behar — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin speaking

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) Efrat, Israel –  “You shall count for yourselves seven cycles of Sabbatical years, seven years, seven times; shall be for forty nine years…You shall sanctify the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all of its inhabitants; it shall be the Jubilee year for you, you shall return …

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“Being Normal: Open Your Eyes”

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

Director of Training and Placement of OTS rabbinical and educational emissaries

Shiur #47: “Open Your Eyes” 

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Parshat Emor — Rabbi Riskin (text)

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been sponsored by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia, in honour of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, SHIRA, on Sunday 4 Iyar.  Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) Efrat, Israel –  “They shall direct My people as to what is sacred and what is mundane; they shall inform them as …

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“Freedom At Last!” – Jerusalem Post

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“Freedom At Last!” by Tikva Orian 04/16/2014 This Passover I will be celebrating differently than I have become accustomed to in past years.  This year, I won’t feel degraded, unsupported, abused by the system. This year I am a free woman. This must be how they felt when they left Egypt: not blind vis-a-vis the long …

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Parshat Kedoshim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27) Efrat, Israel – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18). One of the most oft-quoted verses of the Bible appears in this week’s Torah reading, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord” (Lev.19:18). In fact, one of the towering figures …

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Chol Hamoed Pesach — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Chol Hamoed Pesach Efrat, Israel – While the Passover Seder is still freshly on our minds and taste buds, allow me to suggest an important lesson that we are likely to overlook. Fascinatingly, alongside Moshe who is not really mentioned by the Haggadah, there is another great Biblical personality who plays a major …

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