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Rav Noam Sendor

Shabbat Nachamu: To shake off the dust and start healing Rav Noam Sendor studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar from 2008-2011 and received Semicha 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, where he lives with his …

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Hannah Abrams

Tisha Bav: Using our eyes as well as our mouth Hannah Abrams studied in Midreshet Lindenbaum 2014-15, and is now learning in the Advanced Halakha Institute, Hilkhata, at Matan. She is also teaching in seminaries in Jerusalem. Megillat Eicha takes us deep into the world of despair. We cry out to Hashem, with a hopeless …

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Rabbi Dov Kaplan

Parshat Matot-Masei: Moshe the Bridge Builder Rabbi Dov Kaplan is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar who served as a rabbi in Cali, Colombia; Kibbutz Bet Rimon; Caesarea, and Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, London. Currently back home in Tekoa, Israel, Rabbi Kaplan works for the UK’s United Synagogue and the Tzohar Rabbinic Association. Thank God Moshe …

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Rachel Blumenthal

Parshat Pinchas: A Peaceful Encounter? Rachel Blumenthal studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum from 2012 to 2013. She currently teaches Navi in Middle School at Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY. Sidrat Pinchas takes us on a long journey, beginning with Hashem’s promise to Pinchas that he will always have peace through the census of the nation, …

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Max Davis

Parshat Balak: Bilaam’s Blessings Max Davis (Hamivtar 5760) serves as Rabbi of Congregation Darchei Noam in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  He has previously served communities in Springfield, MA and Berkeley, CA.  He remains deeply grateful to Ohr Torah Stone, the Rebbes and talmidim of Hamivtar, and the residents of Efrat for a lifechanging year of …

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Shoshana Winter Magid

Parshat Chukat: Learning to Recognize Hidden Miracles Shoshana Winter Magid  (Midreshet Lindenbaum ’02-’03) is a medical physicist at Beilinson Hospital in Israel. Throughout the books of Shmot and Bamidbar there are numerous stories of Bnei Yisrael complaining about a lack of food or water in the desert. These stories, for the most part, follow a set …

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Rabbi Todd Berman

Parshat Korach: Selfless Leadership – for the Sake of the People Rabbi Todd Berman is the Associate Director of Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi. He received his semikha from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and is also a graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Graduate School, Yeshivat Hamivtar and Yeshivat Har Etzion. Founder of the Jewish …

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Parshat Shelach Lecha: Hafrashat Challah – Rebuke, reassurance or resource? Cheryl Burnat made aliyah from New Jersey 10 years ago and serves as the Director of Programming at  Midreshet Lindenbaum. A Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna (’03-’04), Cheryl is a lawyer by training, but has her heart in Jewish education.  In her spare time she dabbles in …

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Rabbi Daniel Epstein

Parshat Beha’alotcha: Realistic Recollections and Moving Forward A graduate of OTS’s Straus-Amiel Emissary Program, Rabbi Daniel Epstein is one half of the senior Rabbinic team at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London’s West End, together with his wife, Rebbetzin Ilana Epstein   Transitions are challenging. If the Book of Numbers had a theme, this …

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Tamar Green Eisenstat

Parshat Naso: Wine or Wine not? Lessons from the Negligent Nazir Tamar Green Eisenstat (Midreshet Lindenbaum 1991) is a New York-based attorney and student at Yeshivat Maharat. This week’s parsha, Parshat Naso, includes an in depth look at the ascetic life of the Nazir, including instructing us on how a person becomes a Nazir, what …

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Sharona Hassan (1)

Parshat Bamidbar – The Book of Ruth: True Love A graduate of OTS’s Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute, Sharona Hassan serves as Rubissa (Rabbanit) at Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation in Seattle, Washington, where she also serves as youth director. In her role as educator and community builder, Rubissa Sharona impacts upon people of all ages …

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Julian Sinclair

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: Give it a Break Rabbi Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in 1987, 1989 and 1992-3. His book on Rav Kook’s great work on shmita, “Shabbat Ha’aretz”, will be published by Koren Press in September 2021.      In the first of this week’s parshiyot, Behar, the Torah lays out elements of …

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