“Light at the end of the tunnel”

“Light at the end of the tunnel” – Released after 10 years  For 10 years, Miriam’s husband refused to grant her a get – a Jewish writ of divorce, even though their marriage was over. This is how one of the most difficult cases of aginut ended Gadi Deutsch | Maariv | 19 December 2019 …

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“Parsha and Purpose” – Vayeishev 5780

“Parsha and Purpose” – Insights from Rabbi Kenneth Brander into Torah and Contemporary Life

Parshat Vayeishev 5780

Parshat Vayeshev: To Live in this Land in Peace

Nomi Berman

Parshat Vayeshev: To Live in this Land in Peace Even today, when the people of Israel want to live in Israel in peace, various events occur that shake up their tranquility. The roads are a battleground and soldiers are everywhere. However, we also witness unwavering efforts to continue living life as normal. Rabbanit Naomi Berman …

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A Thousand Words – December 16, 2019

Rabbanit Sally dancing with the Torah

Surrounded by alumnae of Midreshet Lindenbaum and a host of other OTS Annual Dinner guests, Rosh Midrasha Rabbanit Sally Mayer dances with the Sefer Torah dedicated in honor of Rabbi Riskin at the dedication celebration that took place on December 10.  The special Sefer Torah will be brought to Israel and in March 2020, in …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayeshev 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” (Gen. 40:11) The Bible believes in the significance of dreams; so did the Sages of the …

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Eight Days – Eight Thoughts

Day One – Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin Day Two – Rabbanit Sally Mayer Day Three – Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz Day Four – Pnina Omer Day Five – Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein Day Six – Rabbanit Atirat Granevich Day Seven – Rabbanit Billy Rabenstein Day Eight – Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander Download the booklet as PDF The …

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Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Eight

Chanukah Rabbi Brander

The Flame and the Light Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel offer differing views on the kindling of the Chanukah lights. Beit Shammai’s reason for requiring a continual decrease from eight (Chanukah) lights to one is so that the various kindlings correspond to the bull (sacrifices) of the Sukkot festival, and Beit …

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Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Seven

Chanukah Bili Rabenstein

A Light that Gradually Diminishes; a Light that Gradually Intensifies Rabbanit Bili Rabenstein The Sages taught in a beraita: The basic mitzvah of Chanukah is to have a light kindled each day by a person, the head of the household, for himself and his household. And the mehadrin, i.e., those who are meticulous in the …

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Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Six

Chanukah Atirat Grunevich

“If it was Extinguished, One is Not Bound to Relight it” Atirat Granevich The flickering lights in the Chanukiyah are truly heart-warming. These candles, melting away under the flames, draw our gazes and publicize the wondrous miracles that Hashem performed for us in those days. With this in mind, the halakha exempting us from relighting …

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Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Five

Chanukah Yehoshua Grunstein

Chanukah: For All and For Us Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein The private and public symbiosis of the Chanukah candles is vital in halakha: why are they lit in the home, but facing the outside? Both the Talmud and Rambam’s code illustrate to us the story that lead up to the catalyst of this mitzvah; the lightning …

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Eight Days – Eight Thoughts: Day Four

Chanukah Pnina Omer

The Women of Chanukah Pnina Omer Lighting Chanukah candles is an obligation as well as a privilege for women. This is clearly illustrated and accepted within Jewish law “… for they, too, were present at that miracle”, according to the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law). This precept also appears in the Gemarah (Talmud), but …

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