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Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Eviction Affliction Rav Jonathan Bailey attended Yeshivat Hamivtar from 1997-2002 and received his rabbinic ordination through Ohr Torah Stone’s Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary from Rav Shlomo Riskin and Rav Chaim Brovender, as well as from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. He now teaches full-time at Midreshet HaRova, and recently published his first …

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Parashat Shemini: Approaching God (and living to tell the tale) Miriam Gedwiser, an alumna of  Midreshet Lindenbaum (2000), teaches Talmud and Tanakh at the Ramaz Upper School and is on the faculty of Drisha.   Parashat Shemini is famous for the dramatic story of Aharon’s sons Nadav and Avihu, their “strange fire” which God had …

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Pesach and the Search for Personal Freedom Rabbi Jeremy Bruce studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in the years 1991 – 92 and 1996  – 2001. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary in 2001. He is currently the High School Principal of the Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland, Ohio.   …

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Shabbat Hagadol: The Truly Great Day Ilana Goldstein Saks studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum in 1987-88 and again as part of the Bruriah Scholars program from 1993-1996, and she taught there from 1993-2000.  She has taught at a number of midrashot and schools in Israel.    On the eve of yetziat Mitzraim, the exodus from Egypt, …

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Parshat Vayikra: Is Animal Sacrifice in our Future? Rabbi David Wolkenfeld studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar in 5759 and 5764 and serves as the rabbi of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. Maimonides in his Guide for the Perplexed (III:32) famously compares the necessary process of growth and development of all animal life to the inclusion …

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Parshat HaChodesh: The Power of Storytelling on Pesach Na’amit Sturm Nagel (Midreshet Lindenbaum 2003-2004) is an English Teacher at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, California, and Associate Director of The Shalhevet Institute, a center for Jewish ideas and learning in L.A. As a lover of books and stories, Pesach has always spoken to me …

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Parshat Ki Tisa: Beams of Light Rabbi Gideon Sylvester is the British United Synagogue’s rabbi in Israel. He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar (1985-86 and 1990-91) and received semicha from the Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary       How close to God can we get? And what effect do our spiritual journeys have on our personalities …

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Parshat Tetzaveh: Moshe and Aharon, The Dream Team Dr. Julie Lieber (Midreshet Lindenbaum 1993-95) currently serves as the Chief Jewish Life and Engagement Officer at Jewish Colorado Moshe and Aharon were more than siblings. They were a team.  After all, it is Aharon that paves the way for Moshe’s reluctantly conceding to lead B’nai Yisrael …

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Parshat Teruma: Finding Happiness in Siberia   Rabbi Dr. David Rozenson learned at Yeshivat Hamivtar from 1994-2001, and received his semicha from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. He is the Executive Director of Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem. In the late 1990s, while still a student at Yeshivat Hamivtar, I had the unique …

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Parshat Mishpatim: Representing Godliness Shoshana Chanales (Midreshet Lindenbaum Overseas Program 2000-2002) teaches Tanakh and Jewish philosophy at Yeshivat Frisch. Following the revelation at Har Sinai and the aseret hadibrot (Ten Commandments), Parshat Mishpatim takes a different turn in commandments. While there is much discussion about the structure and sequence of the laws included in Mishpatim, …

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Parshat Yitro: How the Greatest Visionary Learned to Listen Rabbi Avi Bossewitch learned at Yeshivat Hamivtar from 1996-1998 and serves as the Dean of Education at the Hebrew Academy (RASG) in Miami Beach, FL The first phase of Moshe’s life is surrounded by sight and vision. This begins when we are first introduced to Moshe, …

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Tzippy Ross

This week’s parsha is dedicatedin memory of Shlomo Fredman z”lשלמה חיים אריה לייב בן שמואל נחמו הכהן, ז”ל Parshat Beshalach: A Test of Faith Tzipora (Fredman) Ross (Midreshet Lindenbaum Overseas Program ‘89-90; Bruria Scholars ‘94-95) is currently the Judaic Studies Coordinator and in her 24th year of teaching at Ramaz Middle School, New York, NY. …

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