Counting towards a New Reality

Sefirat Haomer and Women’s Leadership — Counting towards a New Reality by Rabbi Kenneth Brander 18/05/2018  “Not only is the teaching of Torah Shebe’al Peh to girls permissible, but it is nowadays an absolute imperative. This policy of discrimination between the sexes as to subject matter and method of instruction which is still advocated …

Diaspora Emissaries-in-Training Stop in Poland

Diaspora Emissaries-in-Training Stop in Poland  By Orly Harrari Arutz 7 – 15/5/2018 About 30 emissaries-in-training from the Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Institutes returned from a week of training which took place in the Jewish communities of Poland.  “The trip exposes the challenges in the field from the outset.” About 30 emissaries-in-training, …

One Week + One Advocate = Freedom for Two Women

Please join us in wishing a hearty Mazal Tov to Chava and Devorah, both of whom won their freedom this week thanks to Advocate Limor Hajaj in the Beersheva office of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline. Chava began the divorce process in 2007 and only came to Yad La’isha last year; she was sure that once …

OTS Amiel BaKehilla Hits the Ground Running

“I am a Rabbi in this community, and I am very aware of the importance of your coming here. Words are important and are good, but your music has opened something in our hearts that is beyond what we have here in this community.” So said Rabbi David Szychowski, the Rabbi of Lodz to Mishael Dickman, a talented guitarist and keyboardist who joined …

Congratulations Rabbi Riskin!

Ohr Torah Stone is proud and gratified to share that our visionary founder, Chancellor and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, has been awarded this year’s Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize for Education.   The 2018 Bonei Zion Awards recognize outstanding Anglo Olim who have helped Israel in a meaningful way by encapsulating …

A Teaneck Community Event

     “What is the Future of Modern Orthodoxy?”           Join us for a conversation between       Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva and Rabbi Kenneth Brander, President-Elect and Rosh HaYeshiva      Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM    Event Moderator: Jerry Silverman, President & CEO, Jewish …

After Death, Holiness is Proclaimed

After Death, Holiness is Proclaimed: Reflections on being in Israel for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut by Rabbi Kenneth Brander – APRIL 25, 2018 As my plane touches down on the Newark tarmac, I am reflecting upon the events of last week, my first opportunity of being in Israel for Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence …

Great Honor to Midreshet Lindenbaum Alumnae

Two Midreshet Lindenbaum alumnae among 120 “Excellent” IDF soldiers recognized by President in Israel’s 70th year As in each year, “Mitztaynei Hanasi” – those IDF soldiers who are recognized with the President’s Award for Excellence in service – received their awards at a special ceremony which took place on …

An Interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“Rulings devoid of human compassion will bring Orthodoxy to its end” Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, who is due to step down from his position as chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone this summer, explains where the poskim [Rabbinical adjudicators] of our times are wanting, why he himself is such a fervent feminist and answers the question whether the Chief …

Why was this night different?

According to statistics, a mass exodus took place this past Pesach. But unlike the Biblical Exodus which Pesach is meant to recall, this exodus was comprised of half a million Israelis who responded to sweet vacation deals promising “true freedom” on this Festival of Freedom by swapping their matza for French croissants and their four cups …