Corona

The Role of Rabbis in Preventing Domestic Violence

The Role of Rabbis in Preventing Domestic Violence Ohr Torah Stone educational institutes conducted a session with its emissaries around the world. Dr. Shlomit Lehman: “Isolation increases incidents of violence and the rabbi, as a mediator, can help reduce tension.” Artuz Sheva | April 24th, 2020  Some 90 of Ohr Torah Stone’s management personnel and …

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Judaism through Zoom: Emissaries in the Diaspora Prepare for Pesach

Judaism through Zoom: Emissaries in the Diaspora Prepare for Pesach Straus-Amiel emissaries to Jewish congregations throughout the world cope with current challenges and struggle to continue Jewish life even during the Corona epidemic Orly Harrari | April 8, 2020 Candle-lighting through Zoom, distributing mezuzot to homes of community members, and online lessons in preparation for …

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No Mohel, No Brit

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No Mohel, No Brit: the child is nearly a month old and still has no name All borders are closed and many Jewish communities around the world find themselves without a mohel, as not every country has one. Rabbi Zvi Herberger’s son – almost a month old – is still waiting to be named. He …

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A Response to “The Jewish Week” Distortion
of Ohr Torah Stone’s Position on Cremation

Rabbi Kenneth Brander

A Message from Rabbi Kenneth Brander: A Response to “The Jewish Week” Distortion of Ohr Torah Stone’s Position on Cremation We are in a time of unprecedented crisis when the world demands unity and integrity. With 300 rabbinic and educational emissaries around the world, Ohr Torah Stone has been working day and night and has …

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The ultimate concern is to take care of the living

The ultimate concern is to take care of the living Head of the Israeli Ohr Torah Stone network Rabbi Kenneth Brander states unequivocally that fighting the virus is more important than Jewish funeral rites Nathan Jeffay | March 29, 2020 A leading Orthodox rabbi rules that Jewish communities in Europe should embrace cremation if their …

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Protecting Those Most Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis

Protecting Those Most Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis While advocates from Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center continue to represent women being denied a divorce, during the coronavirus crisis, the center’s social workers are working harder than ever to provide agunot with an emotional lifeline and access to critical resources during …

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Staying Connected

Staying Connected Ohr Torah Stone’s high school and post-high school programs adapt to the new reality by moving their curricula online; in doing so, expanding their reach to new populations In the ever-changing coronavirus environment, Ohr Torah Stone’s high school and post-high school faculties have been working around the clock to monitor and meet their …

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Keeping the Doors Open

Keeping the Doors Open In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, Ohr Torah Stone’s Amlat Program for women from Spanish-speaking countries continues to run a full schedule for 14 students who decided that “home” was now Israel. The coronavirus pandemic has posed diverse challenges for people across the globe –changing the dynamics of work and social …

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Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation

Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation Rabbis in the Diaspora are facing a new threat, as more and more countries ban traditional burial of Corona victims. The Rabbi of Venice clarifies that if cremation is decreed – it must be obeyed: “Communities have not had to cope with such sensitive …

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The digital irony of the coronavirus crisis

Rabbi Brander

The digital irony of the coronavirus crisis Jewish tradition has a remarkable way of connecting current events to the Torah-reading cycle, and this crisis is no exception. BY KENNETH BRANDER |  MARCH 23, 2020 While periods of crisis typically produce challenge and hardship, when we look hard enough we can often also find irony that …

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Corona’s Bad Enough Without It Dividing Us

Corona’s Bad Enough Without It Dividing Us Rabbi Kenneth Brander 13/03/2020 Perhaps one of the most painful realizations of tragedy is that someone will inevitably try to manipulate hardship to advance their own ideological agenda. I was therefore, not surprised and yet still deeply saddened to see that the current Coronavirus outbreak was no exception. …

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