chanukah

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… Continue Reading Yachad: Celebrating Chanukah Together

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… Continue Reading Ladino After Auschwitz

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… Continue Reading Midreshet Lindenbaum-Lod: Shining Lights

“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… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5778

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… Continue Reading Yachad: A Warm and Shining Light

“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… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5777

"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… Continue Reading "Shabbat Shalom" – Miketz 5777

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… Continue Reading Lighting and Igniting

The Miracle of Chanukah and its Message

The Miracle of Chanukah By Rabbi David Brofsky Chanukah commemorates the events that took place during the Hasmonean rebellion against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king of Syria, in 164 BCE. In the Al HaNissim prayer inserted in the Shemoneh Esreh and Birkat HaMazon throughout the holiday, we relate: In the days of the Hasmonean… Continue Reading The Miracle of Chanukah and its Message

Celebrating Chanukah in Sofia, Bulgaria

Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi Aharon Zerbib hosted the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, for the lighting of the first candle last night in the Sofia Synagogue. Also among the distinguished guests were the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, MI Secretary Svetozar Lazarov, the ambassador of Russia Yuri Isakov, Ambassador of Israel Shaul Khamis… Continue Reading Celebrating Chanukah in Sofia, Bulgaria