chanukah

Rabbi David Brofsky

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,

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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,

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Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum

Ladino After Auschwitz

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

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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

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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” [“Ma’oz

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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

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

"Shabbat Shalom" – Miketz 5777

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

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5777

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

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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

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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

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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,

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Spreading the Light

Kol hakavod to US Army Chaplain Rabbi David Ruderman, a musmach of OTS’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary, for spreading the light to the troops in Kuwait over Chanukah! May he be blessed with the strength to continue warming,

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