Leaving the Box Behind

Makor Rishon – Shabbat Magazine March 16, 2018 Originally published in Hebrew Leaving the Box Behind By Elhanan Nir Will the solution to intermarriage come from cooperation with local Muslim communities? The Straus-Amiel Conference of European Rabbis held in Zurich discussed the Jewish-communal challenge in a time of disintegration With the Polish …

Rabbaniyot against the Chief Rabbinate

Yediot Aharonot March 13, 2018 Originally published in Hebrew Rabbaniyot against the Chief Rabbinate They are Torah scholars who have been studying Torah and halakha for years * But that doesn’t matter as far as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is concerned, since it will not let them take the rabbinical ordination exam that concerns topics relating …

Religious Coercion vs. Religious Conviction

‘RELIGIOUS COERCION VS. RELIGIOUS CONVICTION’ BY RABBI SHLOMO RISKIN – JANUARY 29, 2018 By inspiring love, we must attempt to express the glories of Shabbat. And love means accepting with love even those who decide to reject the laws of Shabbat. ‘And the entire nation responded together and said, ‘Everything the Lord has spoken we shall …

“Bringing Palm Beach to Israel” – Florida Jewish Journal

Bringing a part of Palm Beach County to Israel By Rabbi Kenneth Brander –  01/23/2018 As I leave my position at Yeshiva University to embark on a wondrous opportunity in Israel offered to me by a true leader, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, I will be bringing a piece of Palm Beach County with me. For Palm Beach County was my incubator, helping to shape …

Shabbat is Meaningful to Everyone

  “Shabbat is Meaningful to Everyone” by Rabbanit Devorah Evron  Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  18/1/2018 Over the last few months, Shabbat has evolved from being the Day of Rest to being the focal point of a fiery verbal boxing match. The concept of Shabbat in the Israeli public sphere has remained in the headlines, beginning with the …

“An Accessible Gap Year” – New York Jewish Week

An Accessible Gap Year For Youth With Disabilities Darkaynu gives students with disabilities an Israel gap-year trip of a lifetime BY JENNIFER LASZLO MIZRAHI – January 11, 2018 For many Jewish young adults, a gap year in Israel is a rite of passage. It can be a critical part of their personal growth and engagement with the Jewish people. Some …

“Taking Over Riskin’s Business” – Jewish Standard

Taking over Riskin’s business Teaneck’s Rabbi Kenneth Brander named new head of Ohr Torah Stone in Israel By Larry Yudelson – 11/23/2017 Kenneth Brander wasn’t sure he wanted to be a rabbi when he applied to rabbinical school. Thirty years later, it’s pretty clear that the rabbinate was a good match for his talents. After he was ordained …

Rabbi Kenneth Brander to Make Aliyah, Head OTS – Jewish Link

Rabbi Kenneth Brander to Make Aliyah, Head Ohr Torah Stone by Elizabeth Kratz 10/18/2017 Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, Yeshiva University’s vice president for university and community life, has been named the new president-elect and rosh hayeshiva of Efrat-based education network Ohr Torah Stone (OTS), set to succeed the venerable Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, …

“Will they ever be unchained?”

  Jerusalem Post | Magazine –  11/10/2017 In an article in this weekend’s Jerusalem Post Magazine (11/10/2017), Pnina Omer, Director of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, reminds readers that, “The spirit of the Halacha is to do everything possible to release agunot from their chains and …