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Yoni Hollander

Parshat Vayelech: “Vayelech Moshe – and Moshe went”: The Man Who Remained Youthful Until the Day He Died Rabbi Yoni Hollander is principal of Ohr Torah Stone’s Derech Avot High School for Boys in Efrat.  Moshe Rabeinu’s “going” from the People of Israel, followed by the conclusion of the Five Books of Moses, offers a …

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Rabbi David Kalb

Parshat Nitsavim: Teshuvah, Kappara and Independence Rabbi David Kalb is the Director of the Jewish Learning Center. He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and received Semikha from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. In Parashat Nitzavim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:9), the Torah states, “You are standing today, all of you, before the Lord your God …” Verse 10 goes on …

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 Parshat Ki Tavo – Maaser and Truma: Declaring our Avodat Hashem Devora Chait-Roth learned at Midreshet Lindenbaum for the year 2015-2016. She is in her second year of a computer science PhD at NYU, and co-directed a women’s summer beit midrash program called Bnot Sinai. The way a person spends their money often tells a …

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Marina Rivline

 Parshat Ki Tetze: “If brethren dwell together…”: Limiting Permitted Prohibitions Originally from France, Marina Rivline was a student in Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Overseas Program from 2015-2017, officially making aliya in 2016. Marina performed Sherut Leumi in the Israel Police Forces and is currently finishing a degree in Law and International Relations at the Hebrew University. Parashat …

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Sarah Gordon

 Parshat Shoftim: Seeking justice while cultivating compassion Sarah Gordon spent a year post-college learning in the Midreshet Lindenbaum Educator’s Program (2006-2007). She is the Director of Israel Guidance and Experiential Education at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. Parshat Shoftim concludes with the atonement ritual of the Eglah Arufah, or beheaded calf (Devarim 21: 1-9), …

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Rabbi Michael Laitner

Parshat Re’eh: How to create an experience An alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar who received semikha from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary (2003), Rabbi Michael Laitner serves as the rabbi of the United Synagogue’s Jewish Living Education team and as Assistant Rabbi at Finchley Synagogue (Kinloss) in London. ‘Tithe all the produce that you …

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Tamar Beer

Parshat Ekev: Reinventing the Covenant – Judgment, Mercy, and Second Chances Tamar Beer studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum  from 2016 -2018. She is currently enrolled at GPATS (Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies) and Azrieli Graduate School for Education, and directs a summer women’s beit midrash program called Bnot Sinai.   The concept of “shmartem et …

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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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