The Call of the Shofar

The Call of the Shofar Listen to Rabbi Mordechai Zeller, a graduate of the Straus-Amiel emissary program, as he explains why he’s blowing the shofar publicly across the Cambridge University campus, where he and his wife are serving as chaplains.

ML Alumna gives Gift of Life

Kol Hakavod to Jill Greenberg, alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program (2009-’10), for giving the gift of life to now-5-year-old Bennett Vulykh! “Jill Greenberg Karten, 25, from Queens was introduced to five-year-old recipient Bennett Vulykh, from Buffalo Grove, Ill. On May 30 of 2013, two-year-old Vulykh …

A Purim to Remember

“Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as role models and community organizers on campus in partnership with Hillel. In the weeks leading up to Purim, …

Straus Seminary Musmach Elected Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt

Rabbi Avichai Apel has been elected Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt With the blessing of the leading rabbis, the Israeli rabbinate and the heads of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Avichai Apel has been elected to serve as rabbi of Frankfurt, Germany.  “I will continue to do everything in my power to spread and glorify the Torah” With …

Giving Thanks

“אוֹדֶה ה’ בְּכָל-לֵבָב” — “I give thanks to God with all my heart” This was the heart-felt proclamation made by Rabbi Boaz Pash in a moving display of gratitude to the Almighty yesterday. Rav Boaz, a former Straus-Amiel emissary and current Rosh Kollel of Ohr Torah Stone’s Kollel Torat Yosef was miraculously …

Chanukah Interlude

Rabbi Dr. Lior Kaminetsky, a musmach of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary’s Kollel Torat Yosef and a Straus-Amiel emissary in England, has an extra string to his rabbinical bow – literally. An accomplished violinist, Rabbi Kaminetsky brought Chanuka to life in his shul, Birmingham Central Synagogue.

Sanctifying and Celebrating Life

On Friday, November 13th, Rabbi Yaa’cov Litman and his 18-year-old son Netanel were murdered in a terror attack near Hebron.  Five other family members – Litman’s wife, three daughters aged 5, 9, and 11, and a 16-year-old son – suffered minor wounds. The family was driving to the Shabbat Kallah (a bride’s pre-wedding Shabbat celebration) …

Israel. Three. Words

Which three words would you choose to define Israel? Akiba Academy of Dallas’ Middle School students express their connection to and love of Israel — in three words. They made a video of themselves holding placards with the three words they chose, and they are challenging all of us to do the same, in order to encourage others to identify …

One Beer at a Time

OTS emissaries Shira and Rabbi Chaim Finson serve as the OU-JLIC couple at Cornell University. This week the couple served up a beer-themed program; not the standard drinking-fest made notorious by colleges and universities across the world, but rather an experiential learning tour. “It is important that students have some level of knowledge of …