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The President of Ecuador Lights Chanukah Candles

Nir Koren and President of Ecuador

The President of Ecuador Lights Chanukah Candles At an interfaith confab hosted by the president of Ecuador, the president lit Chanukah candles. Local Jewish community rabbi: “We are fulfilling an immense calling here” December 10, 2018 | Translated from Arutz 7 The climax of an interfaith confab hosted by Lenín Moreno, the president of Ecuador, was …

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A Thousand Words – December 10, 2018

Rav Boaz Pash Lights Chanukah Candles in Warsaw

Rabbi Boaz Pash, Rosh Kollel Torat Yosef and head of the OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Poland lights Chanukah candles in Warsaw, accompanied by musician and delegation member Reuven Bransburg, OTS is bringing light and hope to the very same place where they wanted to exterminate our people.  Am Yisrael Chai! View previous Photo of …

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A Thousand Words – December 3, 2018

collage from Chanukah 2018

Thousands of Israelis across the country are being brought together this Chanukah (and all year round!) through innovative, appealing initiatives run by the Yachad Jewish Identity program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitators all over the country, from the northern border with Lebanon all the way down to Eilat. Each person comes with their own light and quickly discovers …

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Hilchot Sufganiyot

Hilchot Sufganiyot – The Laws of Jelly Doughnuts Rabbi David Brofsky, Midreshet Lindenbaum Hafrashas Challah The Torah (Bamidbar 15: 17-21) teaches that one must separate challa from the “first of your dough.” The Rishonim discuss the manner in which the dough is cooked or baked. Generally, when a sufficient quantity of dough is baked in an oven, one is obligated to …

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Yachad: Celebrating Chanukah Together

CLICK FOR PHOTOS   Hundreds of Israelis across the country participated in exciting, festive candlelighting events this Chanukah, thanks to 32 Jewish Cultural Facilitators from OTS’s “Yachad” Program. From the north to the south, spanning 80 communities including Katzrin, Yokneam, Petach Tikva, Rechovot, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Arad and even Eilat, the Yachad facilitators brought …

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Ladino After Auschwitz

Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum

Ladino After Auschwitz by Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Director of OTS’s Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Emissary Training Programs The “bad guys” in the story of the Salonika community are not the Greeks, but rather the Germans. In the city that absorbed Spanish evacuees and turned into a legend, a community is dealing with survival Salonika, Greece A number of …

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Midreshet Lindenbaum-Lod: Shining Lights

Rosh Chodesh Kislev brought a flurry of activity and good news to Midreshet Lindenbaum–Lod. A new student joined the midrasha, and the number of participants in our beit midrash for local women reached 30. There was also a fantastic turnout of 53 twelfth graders on the first of a series of visiting days, which we …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5778

Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17) – Shabbat Chanukah Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And from the last remnant of the oil flasks, a miracle was wrought for the Jewish People, and the Sages established eight days for song and jubilation” . What is the most worrisome threat facing the Jewish People today? The threat from a …

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Yachad: A Warm and Shining Light

CLICK FOR PHOTOS   Yachad: A Warm and Shining Light “There are 75 families living in our building, and the last time we all gathered together was in the bomb shelter during the war,” says Yavneh resident Odelia Ben-Yaakov. “It was a pleasure to be brought together now in celebration; to celebrate life and the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5777

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Miketz – Chanukah (Genesis 41:1-44:17) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — Why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days instead of seven? After all, the miracle of the cruse of oil began only on the second day, once the cruse would have emptied itself of its contents. Therefore, one reasonably might have assumed that the …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Miketz 5777

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Miketz – Chanukah (Genesis 41:1-44:17) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — Why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days instead of seven? After all, the miracle of the cruse of oil began only on the second day, once the cruse would have emptied itself of its contents. Therefore, one reasonably might have assumed that the …

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Lighting and Igniting

OTS’s Yachad Program has 30 Jewish Cultural Facilitators working in community centers throughout Israel, inspiring unaffiliated or disaffected Israelis to rekindle their connection to their Jewish heritage and sparking in them an interest in exploring their Jewish identity. Here’s a small taste of the myriad programs that our facilitators ran this Chanukah for thousands of …

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