OTS Amiel Bakehila Featured on JM in the AM

On May 31, Nachum Segal welcomed Rabbi Reuven Spolter, Director of Ohr Torah Stone’s “OTS Amiel BaKehila” program to JM in the AM to discuss this exciting new initiative, under the auspices of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, aimed at empowering Jewish communities around the world through Jewish education, Israel engagement and Jewish …

The Reward of the Recalcitrant

The Reward of the Recalcitrant by Pnina Omer 28/5/2018 Over the last two weeks, the Israeli media has discovered a new celebrity: a man who is eloquent, articulate and also quite knowledgeable in halakha (Jewish Law). This new star is also violent, manipulative and doesn’t speak the truth; this, however, only serves to turn the media horror show …

Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives

Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives By Michal Levy Arutz 7 – 17/5/2018 Passersby entered the cage on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall to experience three minutes in captivity, just a tiny taste of what agunot and women imprisoned in marriage experience daily at the hands of their recalcitrant husbands. Passersby who walked along the Ben …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Year after Year

Year after Year by Yoni Rotenberg Shevii Magazine – 30/3/2018 The halls are full, the desire for kosher food is up and the students are seeking a meeting with meaning | Community rabbis worldwide tell about the connection to Pesach among Jews, even those who are very far from religion “One year I invited a couple of secular Israeli families …

The Four Emissaries

The Four Emissaries  By Orly Harrari Arutz 7 – 29/3/2018 As part of a new initiative, four diaspora communities who view themselves as Jewish will have a Passover Seder with Israelis. “They want to be part of Judaism” Around the world there are many communities which view themselves as Jewish, even if they are not halakhically [according …

“To spread Torah and make it glorious.”

“To spread Torah and make it glorious.” by Chamutal Shoval 21/03/2018 A few weeks ago, I was at a Shabbat meal with new neighbors. As we were getting to know each other, one of the men at the table said that he was in yeshiva, studying the Laws of Shabbat and preparing to take the rabbinate exams. When it was my turn to introduce myself, I smiled …