“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Matot-Masei 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsoredby the Charif family of Sydney, Australia in memory of Hymie Charif (Refael Chaim Yishayahu ben Yitzchak) whose 23rd Yartzheit is on 2 Av Shabbat Shalom: Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel: “This is the thing which God has commanded.”  (Numbers 30:2) How was Moses different …

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Precedent: Group of religious female soldiers to observers’ unit

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Precedent: A group of religious female soldiers enlisted together as a group for the field intelligence observers’ unit  ““The role of field observer is a difficult and demanding one, but it carries great responsibility and great weight in preserving the lives of civilians and IDF soldiers. We are proud,” said Rabbi Teharlev Arutz 7 | …

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500th Couple Trained to Serve as Emissaries by OTS

The 500th emissary couple to complete the Ohr Torah Stone emissary training programs, Rabbi Netanel and Rabbanit Sarah Ansani . (photo credit: Roni Nathan Photography)

500th Couple Trained to Serve as Emissaries by Ohr Torah Stone A special event was held to celebrate this achievement, and honor others who received degrees in their Rabbinic and Emissary programs By Ilanit Chernick | July 24, 2019 In a milestone for Ohr Torah Stone, the 500th couple graduated in its emissary training program …

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NSN speaks to Rabbi Brander about tonight’s OTS Graduation

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Nachum Segal welcomed  President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, to JM in the AM for an update on tonight’s graduation ceremony in which 62 degrees will be granted to 57 graduates of our rabbinical seminary and emissary programs. The event will also mark an important milestone: the graduation of the …

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A Thousand Words – July 22, 2019

Yachad facilitator in summer camp

Yachad Jewish Identity coordinators teach Jewish identity and heritage year-round in 108 community centers throughout Israel, but in the summertime, the centers operate on a vacation schedule. School is out, so there are no afternoon-care classes, nor do the morning daycare centers operate. Even the extra-curricular courses in sports, dance and the like are on …

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Parshat Pinchas: Female advocates – a precept from the Torah

Advocate Osnat Sharon

Parshat Pinchas: Female advocates – a precept from the Torah  The daughters of Tzelofchad merited far more than just inheriting their father’s portion of the land. They merited to have a chapter of the Torah in their names, as well as to marry and start families. Rabbinical Court Advocate and civil attorney Osnat Sharon, OTS’s …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Pinchas 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “The daughters of Tzelofĥad speak right. You shall surely give them a hereditary portion of land alongside that of their father’s brethren.” (Numbers 27:7) One of the most fascinating aspects of the entire Torah is the portion which deals with the case of …

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Darkaynu’s Elana Goldscheider on NSN

ELana and Nachum Segal

Nachum Segal welcomed Elana Goldscheider, founding director of Ohr Torah Stone’s Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs for young adults with special needs. “Everyone should have a chance to be able to come to Israel….all of a sudden our students feel on an equal level with everyone else. There’s this feeling of ‘we belong.’” Elana …

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A Thousand Words – July 15, 2019

Rabbi Birnbaum being interviewed by Kipa

“The Jewish world is not monochromatic,” said Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, left, the founding director of OTS’s emissary-training programs Straus-Amiel, for rabbis, and Beren-Amiel, for educators.  In an interview this week with the online religious news outlet “Kipa TV,”  Birnbaum – who has earned the nickname ‘worldwide rabbi’ in reference to the fact that he has …

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