Blickle Institute

Muslim-German women’s delegation visits Israel to learn about women’s religious study The women were in Israel as part of the Alliance of German Dialogue Institutions (BDDI), an Islamic union that works across Germany to develop relationships between people of different faiths. Zvika Klein | July 19, 2022 It’s not every day that you’d expect to …

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Breaking Bread and Barriers In many cultures, breaking bread is a sign of unity and a powerful way to break down barriers and promote fellowship between people of different faiths. This year, OTS’s Blickle Institute for Interfaith Dialogue co-sponsored a number of Iftar feasts with the Gush Etzion-based “Roots” organization, bringing Jews and Muslims together …

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Understanding Communities by Visiting Them “As important as our classroom work is, the only way to really understand other communities is to visit them,” says Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen, director of OTS’s Blickle Institute for Interfaith Dialogue and Beit Midrash for Judaism and Humanity, whose fellows set out to meet people of other faiths and …

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Inside the Kfar Kassem Mosque

Taking Steps Toward Greater Understanding When it comes to building meaningful, respectful relationships and bridging differences, there is no substitute for face-to-face encounters. With this in mind, the 11 current fellows from OTS’s Blickle Institute of Interfaith Dialogue, several of last year’s Blickle Institute fellows, and the current fellows of the Beit Midrash for Judaism …

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New Cadre of Blickle Fellows

New Cadre of Blickle Fellows Commits to Building Respect among Religious Groups Last year, Ohr Torah Stone launched two new programs, the Blickle Institute for Interfaith Dialogue and the Beit Midrash for Judaism and Humanity, in order to address Jewish perceptions of other religions, engage in research and develop of halakhic materials related to Judaism’s …

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OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander addressed the new cadre of eleven fellows as the Blickle Institute of Interfaith Dialogue launched the new academic year. Fellows work toward developing new language and thinking about the relationship between Judaism and humanity including relations to other religions, to non-Jewish minorities in the State of …

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Bridging Divides in Israeli Society The past year brought tremendous highs and lows for Israel’s interfaith relations.  On one hand, Israel signed the Abraham Accords, normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco aptly named for our common ancestor.  On the other hand, the country was rocked by the violent riots unleashed …

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Amid tensions in Jerusalem, Jewish seminary students visit injured sheikh “I firmly believe that these conversations between representatives of our communities are extremely important, and I know that this dialogue can only serve to address the painful divisions which sadly exist in our society,” Rabbi Ohad Teharlev says. By ILH Staff | April 27, 2021 Amid …

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Rabbi Yakov Nagen

‘Ramadan kareem’: Learning more about Islam, Israel’s neighbors – opinion We would do well to recognize the importance of this period for a significant portion of the population, both in Israel and around the world.  by Yakov Nagen   | April 15, 2021 People are often surprised when they see me meeting with Muslim religious leaders. …

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In light of the arson attack over the weekend at the Church of All Nations – Garden of Gethsemane, an OTS delegation met with the Custos of the Holy Land, Francesco Patton, in a visit of solidarity.

“When a religious Jew sets fire to a church, it our duty to condemn this chilul Hashem,” said OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander. “Religious intolerance has no place in the State of Israel, which champions the right to religious freedom and belief.”

In addition to Rabbi Brander, the delegation included Director of OTS’s Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation David Nekrutman, Director of OTS’s Blickle Center for Interfaith Dialogue Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen, and others.

“This togetherness allows light to illuminate even in the darkest of moments,” Rabbi Brander said.