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As synagogues and congregations grapple with how to conduct the upcoming High Holiday services during the coronavirus pandemic, KAN English news reporter Naomi Segal spoke to OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, about the specially- condensed, machzorim (prayer books) OTS has created for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, to respond to the …

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Nachum Segal welcomed Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, back to JM in the AM ahead of Rosh Hashana 5782 to talk about Rav Soloveitchik, OTS’ condensed halakhic machzor for Covid, the start of the Israeli school year, planned shofar-blowing in 230 parks across Israel, exciting new cases closed …

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Operation “Social Vaccination”  Twelfth grade students at Derech Avot High School in Efrat raised NIS 50,000 to prepare and distribute 1,000 food baskets to the elderly, Holocaust survivors and needy families in advance of Purim. Arutz 7, 19 February, 2021 From their very first day at a religious high school, all students dream of Purim …

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International conference of emissaries looks ahead to ‘post-COVID’ Jewish world Emissaries from 36 countries take part in a virtual symposium focused on the practical challenges facing Jewish Diaspora communities. By ILH Staff | December 25, 2020 As the Jewish world continues to address the challenges from the coronavirus and its impact on communal life across the …

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A New ‘Gap Year’ Experience By Elisheva Hermann | December 17, 2020 After careful consideration of where to attend seminary for my gap year in Israel, I was suddenly faced with the reality that the pandemic meant my year would be nothing like I had envisioned. I had so many questions. Would I be granted …

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In the Spirit of the Times: OTS Network-Wide Corona Prayer Competition The beginning of the school year is typically marked by excitement and anticipation. But this is no typical year. After living in the shadow of COVID-19 for over six months, excitement mixed with uncertainty, anxiety, and constant changes between in-person and online learning based …

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How can we celebrate the upcoming holidays without breaking the lockdown? ILTV’s Aaron Poris spoke to OTS’ President and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, about the OTS condensed halakhic machzor as well as the “Shofar BaPark” inititative designed to bring the shofar to all Israelis. Tune in:  https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Your-News-From-Israel-Sep.-17-2020-nmQCDzG485A_x264-online-video-cutter.com_.mp4

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High Holidays Especially Important to Diaspora Jewry This Year For many Diaspora Jews Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur play a defining role in their Jewish identity. This year, Covid-19 restrictions endanger this connecting thread. Testimonies from shlichim across the globe. By Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Director of OTS’ Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Programs | 13 September, …

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Can You Hear Me? Multiple Meanings of the Sound of the Shofar Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha, Maria & Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The sound of the shofar is always shocking at first, piercing the synagogue during the month of Elul, reminding us that Rosh Hashanah is near. It seems like ages …

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From Soul Searching to Holy Joy: the Festivals of Tishrei in the Shadow of COVID-19 Rabbanit Devorah Evron, Director of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership One of the magical moments in the month of Tishrei is immediately following Yom Kippur, when we begin building the sukkah. The Holy Day is behind us, …

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