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Parshat Bo: Can I ask a favour? Rabbi Michael Laitner is Director of Education for the United Synagogue in London and Assistant Rabbi at Finchley Synagogue (Kinloss).  He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and received his rabbinical ordination from the Straus Seminary in 2003.  It is the night that the Jews are leaving Egypt in a …

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Va’era in the Age of Corona: Who are the True Heroes of the Exodus? Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum from 1993-1995. She is currently the Tanakh department chair at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY and the founder of Makom B’Siach, an immersive adult learning program at SAR.  Parshat Va’era begins with God’s …

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Rabbi David Fine

The Creation of a People Rabbi David Fine studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar from 1994-1998 and received rabbinic ordination from the Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. He is the founder and dean of the Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics and Community Development. At the beginning of a new book of the Torah it is appropriate …

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Tears of Suffering and Hope by Dr. Yardaena Osband  Dr. Yardaena Osband studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum from 1993-1995 and taught there from 2001-2003. Today she is a pediatrician and community scholar in Riverdale, NY Parshat Vayechi brings the conclusion to the story of Yosef and his brothers.  The story occupies 14 chapters of Genesis (chapters …

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Rabbi Noam Sendor

God is Within Me by Rabbi Noam Sendor  Rabbi Noam Sendor studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar from 2008-2011 and received his rabbinical ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. He is currently the rabbi at Blake Street Hebrew Congregation and a teacher at Leibler Yavneh College in Melbourne, Australia. The scene is incredible. Eleven …

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Gabrielle Berger

Finding God in the Yosef Narrative by Gabrielle Berger  Gabrielle (Hiller) Berger, an alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum (’09), teaches Gemara in Fuchs Mizrachi School’s Junior High and Stark High School in Beachwood, Ohio.  Sometimes I find myself a little jealous of our forefathers and their almost casual relationship with God.  Sefer Bereishit seems to be …

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Rabbi Mark Fishman

Vayeshev: Freeing Ourselves From Our Prisons by Rabbi Mark Fishman  A musmach of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and an alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar, Rabbi Mark Fishman serves as the rabbi at Congregation Beth Tikvah Ahavat Shalom Nusach Hoari in Montreal, Canada. תניא רבי אליעזר אומר בתשרי נברא העולם בתשרי נולדו אבות בתשרי מתו …

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Aviva Stern

Vayishlach: Confronting Our Fears by Aviva Stern  Aviva Stern (ML ’03) serves the community of Efrat as a Yoetzet Halacha and teaches middle school Judaic studies at the Orot Etzion School for Girls. 20 years ago, Yaakov left the Land of Canaan. He was alone, penniless, and fleeing for his life from his brother Eisav. …

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Rabbi Gad Krebs

What’s in a Name? by Rabbi Gad Krebs  Rabbi Gad Krebs is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar having received his semicha from Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg zt’’l. He has  been the Rabbi of Kehillat Masada Synagogue in Sydney, Australia for 13 years. When it comes to naming children, the Jewish tradition has …

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Margot Botwinick

Can One Commit Fraud for the Right Reasons? The Matriarchs’ Corruption Commitment by Margot Botwinick  Margot (Reinstein) Botwinick, an alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum (’09) and former madricha (’12), is the co-founder with her husband, Josh, of Mizrachi OU-JLIC IDC Herzliya. As I write this, the official election results in America have yet to be announced. This …

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Avraham & Yishmael: When Duty and Family Come into Conflict by Bracha Rutner  Bracha Rutner learned in Midreshet Lindenbaum during the years 1994-95 and 1995-96. She was the first congregational Yoetzet in the United States and is the Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Girls/Central. There is a dramatic pasuk, Breishit 25:9, …

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Vayera: Open Eyes, Heart, Mind and Hand by Rabbi David Kalb  Rabbi David Kalb directs the Jewish Learning Center, a program of Ohr Torah Stone. He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and received semikha from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.  This week’s Parsha teaches the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim, the commandment of welcoming guests. At the beginning of …

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