Parshat Devarim

Yael Tawil

Parashat Devarim: What is the most effective model for rebuke? Moses doesn’t just rebuke the people. He causes the nation to understand that each individual is part of a system, and part of a nation. What do his historical descriptions teach us about the end of miraculous leadership? By Yael Tawil, Principal of OTS’s Jennie …

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A Thousand Words – August 5, 2019

Orel jumping

https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Orel-jumping-off-steps-of-Rabbanut.mp4 Say Mazal Tov to the happiest woman in the universe right now – the charming Or-el! After two and a half years of being denied a get by her husband, as of today, she is finally free! We all wish Or-el well in her new life, and blessings for happiness and fulfillment. Congratulations also …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Devarim 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel, on the other side of the Jordan…. And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the …

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From Ethiopia to Israel to Paramus

Rabbi Aviv and Adi Abebe receive their diplomas

From Ethiopia to Israel to Paramus Rabbinical couple trained at Ohr Torah Stone become shlichim at Ben Porat Yosef By Abigail Klein Leichman | August 1, 2019 Growing up in an Ethiopian village that had no school, Aviv Abebe learned shepherding and farming but not reading and writing. In 2003, when he was 11 years old, …

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Parshat Matot-Masei

Rabbanit Billy Rabenstein

Parshat Matot-Masei The journey to the Land of Israel and the journey through the Land of Israel – ethical pronouncements and accepting a complex reality Rabbanit Bili Rabenstein, Israeli Rosh Beit Midrash, Midreshet Lindenbaum The Conclusion of the Book of Numbers Parshat Masei concludes the book of Numbers, and true to its name, it summarizes …

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Indonesia’s small but determined Jewish community

Tikva and Daniel

Indonesia’s small but determined Jewish community The Jews of the largest Muslim country are descended from those who fled forced conversion in Peru; they number in the scant hundreds and practice their faith in secret, but now they have the support of Jewish organizations abroad – and two of them have even dared to visit …

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A Thousand Words – July 29, 2019

Hadas new Intel recruits davening mincha

Meet the new crop of recruits from OTS’s Midreshet Lindenbaum to the IDF’s Intelligence Corps (hence the blurred faces), on the day of their enlistment into the military. Like their secular peers, this group too bid their last-minute goodbyes to friends and family, underwent registration, doctor’s physical exams and vaccinations, received their Army ID cards …

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“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

censored picture of tatzpitaniyot

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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