“Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases”

Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases Rabbi Kenneth Brander, lately of Teaneck, on moving to Israel and new programs from Ohr Torah Stone By JOANNE PALMER August 16, 2018 It’s not at all surprising that the iconic object that Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander brought with him on the Nefesh b’Nefesh flight that he, his wife, Ruchie, and their …

“We are closing the circle”

“We are closing the circle,” Rabbi Kenneth Brander told Attila Somfalvi in the Ynet news studio on Thursday morning, as he shared the “story of the suitcase” – the history behind the 7 lb. case which made aliya along with the Brander family last Wednesday. Somfalvi displayed the heavy suitcase on the news desk as Rabbi …

If These Pages Could Talk

If These Pages Could Talk by Rabbi Kenneth Brander 27/07/2018 A number of years ago, my parents began preparing to leave the home they’d lived in for decades. But at a certain point, my siblings and I realized that nothing was being packed. My father would open a drawer, look at what was inside, and a groundswell of memories would surface. Nostalgia …

Nachum Segal in-flight interview with Rabbi Brander

“A wonderful and wondrous opportunity to be able to do wonderful things for the Jewish people in Medinat Yisrael.” Nachum Segal’s mobile broadcast from the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliya flight to Israel captured the palpable excitement and inspiration amongst the olim. Listen to his interview with Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, OTS incoming …

Conference on Jewish Marriage Ceremony

“The Jewish marriage ceremony doesn’t reflect the changes in women’s status”  Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Machanaim spoke at a special conference about the Jewish marriage ceremony in our times. Rabbnit Godinger Dreyfus noted that she “views changes like these as a blessing,” yet added, “not everything that is permissible …

“OTS Amiel BaKehila” Program launches in West Hartford

West Hartford takes the lead in coordinating new Israeli bridge-building initiative By Stacey Dresner – Published July 10, 2018 WEST HARTFORD – One Wednesday evening in May, members of a Torah study group gathered at the Crown Market after hours and were joined by American-Israeli musician Yitzchok Meir Malek, who gave an impromptu concert. …

The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate

     July 4, 2018 THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE CHIEF RABBINATE by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin From the very beginning of the establishment of our Jewish state, it certainly was assumed that the institution of the Chief Rabbinate would have control over the religious services provided by the state: marriage and divorce, kashrut and conversion, at the very …

Don’t sacrifice agunot on altar of reform

Agunot must not be sacrificed on the altar of reform by Tamar Oderberg 27/6/2018 A new bill was passed recently in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee amending the law regarding the jurisdiction of the Israeli rabbinical courts.  The amendment will grant the rabbinical courts international authority to adjudicate the divorce proceedings …