A Sense of Responsibility

“Why go out on shlichut?” asked Shiran and Yoni Dreyer, an OTS-trained educator couple recently placed in Omaha, Nebraska.  “That’s a question we found ourselves pondering often over the course of our training. “Every generation has its challenge, every generation needs people with vision and ideology, people who will act, do and aspire for good,” …

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Songs of Freedom

Putting balloons in the cage

Songs of Freedom Former agunot who were freed from marriage were strengthened with songs of freedom Hundreds of people, among them former agunot who were recently released from chained marriage,  gathered last night (Monday) at Jerusalem’s First Station for an erev shira – an evening of communal singing – centering on the theme “Freedom.”  The …

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A Thousand Words – August 26, 2019

making havdala

The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation’s annual summer camp for Polish Jewry is a well-established tradition in Poland. And since Ohr Torah Stone and the Israelei Ministry of Diaspora Affairs established the OTS Amiel BaKehila emissary program last May, the participation of Ohr Torah Stone rabbinical and educational delegates has also become part of the camp …

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Parshat Reeh: A Personal Vision that Changes Everything

Aliza Goldberg

Parashat Re’eh: A Personal Vision that Changes Everything Everything rests on a person’s own vision. Will that person succeed in using that deep vision to discern between blessing and curse, and make the right choice? Aliza Goldberg is the director of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s AMLAT Program for young women from Latin America Parshat Re’eh is generally …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Reeh 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia in honor of their granddaughter Leia Yardena Elison’s 2nd Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Reeh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “Behold , I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you internalize the …

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OTS Schools in Top List for Values, Excellence

We are delighted that two of OTS’s high schools have merited inclusion in Israel’s Outstanding Secondary Schools list, published by the Ministry of Education: the Jennie Sapirstein High School for Girls in Ramot, Jerusalem; and Oriya High School for Girls in Alon Shvut, for the second year in a row. Schools on this prestigious list …

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Parshat Ekev: Redemption Depends upon Both the Individual and the Collective

Elana GOldscheder

Parashat Ekev: Redemption depends upon both the individual and the collective “And if you obey these rules…,” the words that begin the week’s parsha, serve as a reminder that our responsibility isn’t just communal. Rather, each of us, as an individual, must revisit his or her personal relationship with Hashem. Elana Goldscheider is Director of …

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A Thousand Words – August 19, 2019

Left to Right: Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Rabbi Kenneth Brander at the site of Dvir Sorek hyd's murder

On Sunday morning, “Yamina” party leader Ayelet Shaked (center) and former Minister Naftali Bennett (left) visited the site where Dvir Sorek hy’d was murdered last week. “We are grateful to Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett for coming to visit the location at which our student Dvir Sorek hy’d was murdered, and for offering their support …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ekev 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain honor of their granddaughter Yakira Bryna Elison’s 5th Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel –  “Not by bread alone does a human being live, but rather by that which comes forth from the Lord’s …

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Living with a Collar Around my Neck

Orel Levi at the Finish Line

Living with a Collar Around my Neck As a young ultra-Orthodox woman of marriageable age, nothing really prepared me for what ensued. Oped by Orel Silam |  August 16, 2019 This year, Tu Be’av – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av – marks for me the freedom to love: to love life, …

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