Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Annual Shabbat Hagadol Drasha

Click here to listen to last year’s Shabbat Hagadol Drasha by Rabbi Riskin (Topic: “Esther, Miriam and Ruth: Three Heroines, Three Festivals and Three Types of Redemption” ) Mark your calendars for this year’s Drasha:                                           Shabbat Hagadol Drasha 5774 by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in …

30th Celebrations in the Park

Ohr Torah Stone is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year! Here are some highlights from the most recent event: over 2,000 students from all six OTS high schools, five of the post-high school programs from Midreshet Lindenbaum, and the post-high school Yeshivat Machanaim, in memory of Joseph and Leila Applebaum, all came together at Park Ha’Esor …

Rabbi Riskin Joins Team DARKAYNU at Jerusalem Marathon

TEAM DARKAYNU ran, jogged and walked the Jerusalem Marathon for the third year in a row to raise awareness and scholarship funds for this inclusion program, the only year-in-Israel experience available for teens with special needs. Pictured: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and OTS International Director, David Katz, pose with students and staff of Darkaynu Men’s …

Beit Midrash for Secular and Religious Teens

Batei Midrash – study centers – are fast becoming a significant part of the Yachad Program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitators’ work because they are appealing and interesting, and they strengthen Jewish identity by engaging adults and children in passionate discussion and debate, challenging preconceived notions and exposing people of all …

“Plight of Agunot” – BBC News

Plight of Jewish ‘chained women’ trapped in broken marriage By Erica Chernofsky BBC News, Jerusalem Shoshana is lonely. She has been raising her three children alone for almost 15 years. She is a not a widow, she is not divorced, she is what is known in Hebrew as an aguna, or a “chained” woman, because though she wants to, as …

Rabbi Riskin on Women’s Megilah Readings: Arutz 7

Rabbi: Women’s Megilah Readings OK According to Jewish Law Rabbi Shlomo Riskin notes that Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef himself permitted women to read the Book of Esther for other women. By TOVA DVORIN Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Rabbi of the city of Efrat, released a statement Sunday noting that the phenomenon of all-women’s megilah reading (theBook …

Jacob Sapirstein Students Host Children with Disabilities for Purim Carnival

On Rosh Chodesh Adar, Ohr Torah Stone’s  Jacob Sapirstein High School for Boys in Ramot, Jerusalem, ran a Purim carnival for 150 children with disabilities and limited mobility from the “Kav L’Chaim” organization. This is the ninth year in a row that the pupils have partnered with Kav L’Chaim. “We view these informal …

MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha

“MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha” — Our joy is increased when the Hebrew month of Adar arrives. This Talmudic dictum rings especially true this year for R (pictured, on the right), an aguna of four years who was finally released from her chains last week, just in time for Rosh Chodesh Adar. R, a British citizen, got married …

New Yachad Beit Midrash Launched in Tel Aviv

A unique, new Beit Midrash was launched last night by Ori Weill, the Yachad Jewish Cultural Facilitator working in North Tel Aviv’s community centers. The Beit Midrash is of Jewish-Israeli identity, and is comprised of three components, each of which affects the other: Every two weeks, a “Community Evening” is held, the subject …