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A Thousand Words – August 10, 2020

Rabbi Nisim Bariach of OTS’ Jacob Sapirstein High School for Boys in Ramot, Jerusalem, gives a care package and a blessing to his student, Ilai – the first of the school’s 2020 graduates to be inducted into the Israel Defense Forces.  “ה’ ישמור צאתך ובואך” 🙌🏼 “May Hashem protect you as you come and as …

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A Thousand Words – August 3, 2020

Congratulations to the lovely Stephanie who received her divorce today from her recalcitrant (now ex-) husband in Montreal, Canada. Pictured here (right) with her indefatiguable advocate, Tamar Oderberg, from OTS’ Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline. View previous Photo of the Week #FreedomAtLast #JewishDivorce #RecalcitrantHusband #HelpingHand #Justice #LivingLearningLeading

A Thousand Words – July 27, 2020

On the anniversary of the murder of Dvir Yehuda Sorek Hy”d, beloved student at OTS’ Robert M. Beren Yeshivat Hesder Machanaim, a memorial service was held in the courtyard of the Sorek family home in Ofra. Two shiurim  were given in Dvir’s memory – the first by Rabbi Yossi Froman, a Ra’m in the yeshiva …

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A Thousand Words – July 13, 2020

Uri Fink with the winners

During the first wave of the corona pandemic, when Israeli were still coming to terms with social isolation and long-distance learning and working, OTS’ Yachad Program for Jewish Identity announced a nation-wide contest challenging youth to create comics on any subject from the Hagaddah of Pesach, the holiday that at the time was just around …

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A Thousand Words – June 29, 2020

It goes without saying that this year’s graduation ceremonies were… different. Innovative. Unusual and, hopefully, unforgettable.  After months of zoom classes and social distancing -and in light of Health Ministry guidelines which still restrict public gatherings – the various OTS institutions wanted to give their senior classes something really special to remember the day they …

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A Thousand Words – June 22, 2020

Liat (right) and Yifaa Blonder

Mazal tov to Liat (right) who finally received her long-awaited get this morning – thanks to her advocate at Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline. Only 27 years old, Liat’s marriage showed signs of trouble already on the night of the wedding, and things got steadily worse over the next …

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A Thousand Words – June 15, 2020

What does one wear to a siyyum ? A mask, of course. Dr. Keren Kirshenbaum’s capsule at Midreshet Lindenbaum celebrates their completion of Seder Zeraim with a siyyum.  “Zeraim” literally means seeds, which is especially apropos because these young women represent the seeds we are planting for our future. Our wish for them is that they continue …

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A Thousand Words – June 8, 2020

If a picture is worth 1000 words, how many words is a video worth? This week, the first Makor Rishon “International Conference on the Diaspora” was held online, on the subject: “How the Corona Affected the Jewish World.” It goes without saying that as a network that treasures its strong connection with Diaspora Jewish communities …

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A Thousand Words – June 1, 2020

Another scene from the “new normal”: Yehoshua Misgav (right) of Mercaz Shapira, a fourth-year student at the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva, continues his Talmud chevruta with first-year student Eitam Pechter of Haifa – through protective plastic sheeting.  With the relaxing of the Ministry of Health guidelines, students were allowed to return to campus …

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A Thousand Words – May 25, 2020

Eitan Yulis from Neveh Shmuel wins first prize

On the eve of Yom Yerushalayim, OTS held the final round of a Yom Yerushalayim Contest, organized by the “Corona Committee”: a group of students from all six OTS high schools who banded together to promote exciting, network-wide programming in spite of the limitations imposed by COVID-19 over the past two months.  Ten impressive finalists, …

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A Thousand Words – May 18, 2020

During normal times, 20-25 people could sign up for a trip the winding streets of Jerusalem’s Nachlaot neighborhood to hear famed Israeli storyteller Jacky Levy share historical tales about the old-time residents. But these aren’t normal times. Social distancing and mask-wearing, exacerbated by the record-breaking heat wave across Israel, meant that the tours have been …

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