chanukah

Ohr Torah Stone is lighting the way! Keeping the flame burning … all year long! The eighth Chanukah candle celebrates OTS’s newest initiative: HaMidrasha HaYisraelit – the Israeli Seminary – a new beit midrash for post-high school Israeli women from all backgrounds and religious affiliations. The eight candles that we light tonight symbolize the wide …

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Ohr Torah Stone is lighting the way! Together for candle lighting – together in building community! The seventh night has arrived, soon all of the candles will burn together brightly as one strong light – the perfect symbol for Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity. The Monique and Mordecai Katz Yachad Program offers …

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Ohr Torah Stone is lighting the way! How well do you know Ohr Torah Stone’s hesder yeshivot and rabbinical seminary programs? On this fifth night of Chanukah we invite you to another trivial quiz, as we pay tribute to the young men combining rigorous Torah study with meaningful IDF service and general studies – all …

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Ohr Torah Stone is lighting the way! The Lord of the Rings: not just a movie. 21 years ago, on December 19. 2001, the first movie in the famed ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was released. In Tolkien’s classic story, the Lord of the Rings uses the ring’s power to attain mastery over others. In …

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Ohr Torah Stone is lighting the way!   Did you know that Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Hebrew nickname is “Mother of all Seminaries” because it was the first and remains the largest framework for women’s Torah study in Israel? Did you know that the flagship branch in Jerusalem is home to the largest beit midrash for women …

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Ohr Torah Stone is lighting the way! On this first night of Chanukah, we’ll start with some trivia questions about our six high schools. Let’s see how well you know us!  1. What was the very first institution that OTS established? a. The Jennie Sapirstein “Ohr Torah” High School for Girls b. Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva …

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Reflections of Rav Soloveitchik on Chanukah by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander  When the Rambam wrote the Mishneh Torah, he stated that his purpose was: …so that the entire Oral Law might become known to all without difficulty… I have called this work Mishneh Torah, for a person will be able to first read the Written Torah …

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Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

The Light That Grows Each Night Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of the Ohr Torah Stone network There is a famous dispute between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai regarding how we should light the Chanukah lights. Beit Hillel maintains that one should always increase, lighting one light on the first night …

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‘And the pit was empty, having no water in it:’ The Deeper Message Behind the Hasmonean Revolt Rabbi Dr. Ari Silbermann, a former shaliach in Manchester, England, is the Director of Education and Leadership Development of the Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institutes Ask a Brazilian whether you can be neutral about any part of the World Cup. For …

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When you live in Lod – the mixed city that was the very epicenter of violent riots by Israeli Arabs last May – lighting Chanukah candles takes on additional meaning and excitement.  Because when you live in Lod, as do the young women studying at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Lod Branch, it’s not enough to just light …

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