Chagim

One of the many challenges that the Jewish community faces as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic involves balancing the Biblical mandate of “v’nishmartem me’od l’nafshoteichem” – safeguarding our health – with fulfilling the halakhic requirements relating to the tefilot of Yom Kippur. To address this issue, Ohr Torah Stone has created a halakhically condensed …

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As we embark on the spiritual journey toward Yom Kippur, our staff and global emissaries  share a daily dose of Torah along with a glimpse into their own personal journeys…  Click to read today’s! Click here to download our specially-condensed, halakhic machzorim (prayer books) for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which responds to the health …

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As we embark on the spiritual journey toward Yom Kippur, our staff and global emissaries  share a daily dose of Torah along with a glimpse into their own personal journeys…  Click to read today’s! Click here to download our specially-condensed, halakhic machzorim (prayer books) for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which responds to the health …

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Especially during this year of challenge, turmoil, uncertainty and heartbreak, we are pleased to be able to share with you this pamphlet of relevant and topical insights from the stellar members of the OTS faculty. Click on the image above to download a specially-condensed, halakhic machzor (prayer book) for Yom Kippur, that responds to the …

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Rabbi David Brofsky

Simḥat Yom Tov Rabbi David Brofsky Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah commands in three places that one should “rejoice” on Yom Tov. Regarding Shavuot, the Torah says, “And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God” (Deut. 16:11), and the Torah mentions the obligation to rejoice twice in the context of Sukkot (Deut. 16:14–15). The Rishonim offer different …

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Rabbanit Nomi Berman

From Sacred Garments to Everyday Clothes Rabbanit Nomi Berman Rosh Beit Midrash, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The details are dizzying.  First in the Torah and then mapped out in seven chapters of Mishnah.  Beginning seven days before Yom Kippur, the schedule of the Kohen Gadol is regimented and intense.  In …

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The Biblical Meaning of “Kippurim”  Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Midreshet Lindenbaum  Is the ‘Day of ATONEMENT’ a precise translation for YOM KIPPUR?  In English, the word ‘atonement’ implies amends for a certain wrongdoing. In this sense, the ‘Day of Atonement’ implies expiation for transgressions that may have been committed over the course of the previous year. …

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The Revelation of Yom Kippur Rabbanit Dena Freundlich Midreshet Lindenbaum The theme of “memory” figures prominently during the High Holy Days, particularly on Rosh Hashana, which the Torah calls Yom Hazikaron and Zichron Terua . To underscore this concept, our Sages quote God as saying, “Recite your memories to Me, so that your memories may come up to Me for …

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Rabbi Shlomo Vilk

Letting Go Rabbi Shlomo Vilk Rosh Yeshivat Machanaim, Named in Memory of Joseph and Leila Applebaum The soul has two primary ways of preserving the past: through nostalgia and memory. Nostalgia is a negative force insofar as it arouses longing again and again and again, and does not allow the future to shine through into …

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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

The Inspiration to Change Rabbanit Sally Mayer Rosh Midrasha, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum We will read soon in Parshat Nitzavim that the mitzvah of teshuvah is “לא בשמים היא” – it is not in heaven or across the sea, far away and unreachable, but rather it is within our grasp and our ability to …

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Rabbanit Nomi Berman

The Sound of the Shofar Rabbanit Nomi Berman Rosh Beit Midrash, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum At this time of year, barely a day goes by without a moving truck pulling onto my street.  Families moving out, new families moving in; families moving to larger apartments, new olim. The moving truck …

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Rav Ohad Teharlev

From Justice to Mercy Rabbi Ohad Teharlev Director of Israeli Programs, Midreshet Lindenbaum The theme of “memory” figures prominently during the High Holy Days, particularly on Rosh Hashana, which the Torah calls Yom Hazikaron and Zichron Terua . To underscore this concept, our Sages quote God as saying, “Recite your memories to Me, so that your memories may come up …

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