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A Thousand Words – September 9, 2019

baking challah

Students in Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program ended their first week of school with a ruach-filled, fun and meaningful Challah bake mishmar.  The activity capped a jam-packed schedule which began the moment they touched down at Ben Gurion airport, featuring the first tiyul of the year, volunteering at Pantry Packers and – …

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A Thousand Words – September 2, 2019

Oriya new school year

The new academic year kicked off in Israel this week. This year, September 1st coincided with Rosh Chodesh Elul, so that students in the five OTS seminaries and yeshivot joined students in OTS’s six junior high and high schools in going ‘back to school’ after the long summer holiday. The fresh smell of school supplies …

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A Thousand Words – August 26, 2019

making havdala

The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation’s annual summer camp for Polish Jewry is a well-established tradition in Poland. And since Ohr Torah Stone and the Israelei Ministry of Diaspora Affairs established the OTS Amiel BaKehila emissary program last May, the participation of Ohr Torah Stone rabbinical and educational delegates has also become part of the camp …

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A Thousand Words – August 19, 2019

Left to Right: Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Rabbi Kenneth Brander at the site of Dvir Sorek hyd's murder

On Sunday morning, “Yamina” party leader Ayelet Shaked (center) and former Minister Naftali Bennett (left) visited the site where Dvir Sorek hy’d was murdered last week. “We are grateful to Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett for coming to visit the location at which our student Dvir Sorek hy’d was murdered, and for offering their support …

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A Thousand Words – August 12, 2019

Yinon Ahiman, Rabbi Sarel Rosenblatt, Rabbi Yossi Froman (left to right)

Dvir Sorek z”l’s body was found in the early hours of Thursday morning, August 8, 2019, clutching the books he had bought for his teachers as an end of the year gift. Many of the Israeli news outlets thought it was unusual that one of the books the young yeshiva student had selected was the …

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A Thousand Words – August 5, 2019

Orel jumping

https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Orel-jumping-off-steps-of-Rabbanut.mp4 Say Mazal Tov to the happiest woman in the universe right now – the charming Or-el! After two and a half years of being denied a get by her husband, as of today, she is finally free! We all wish Or-el well in her new life, and blessings for happiness and fulfillment. Congratulations also …

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A Thousand Words – July 29, 2019

Hadas new Intel recruits davening mincha

Meet the new crop of recruits from OTS’s Midreshet Lindenbaum to the IDF’s Intelligence Corps (hence the blurred faces), on the day of their enlistment into the military. Like their secular peers, this group too bid their last-minute goodbyes to friends and family, underwent registration, doctor’s physical exams and vaccinations, received their Army ID cards …

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A Thousand Words – July 22, 2019

Yachad facilitator in summer camp

Yachad Jewish Identity coordinators teach Jewish identity and heritage year-round in 108 community centers throughout Israel, but in the summertime, the centers operate on a vacation schedule. School is out, so there are no afternoon-care classes, nor do the morning daycare centers operate. Even the extra-curricular courses in sports, dance and the like are on …

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A Thousand Words – July 15, 2019

Rabbi Birnbaum being interviewed by Kipa

“The Jewish world is not monochromatic,” said Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, left, the founding director of OTS’s emissary-training programs Straus-Amiel, for rabbis, and Beren-Amiel, for educators.  In an interview this week with the online religious news outlet “Kipa TV,”  Birnbaum – who has earned the nickname ‘worldwide rabbi’ in reference to the fact that he has …

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A Thousand Words – July 8, 2019

Sunrise with boys from Ramot school

Yuval Farjun, principal of OTS’s Jacob Sapirstein High School for boys in Ramot, Jerusalem, relates that about a month ago, one of the 12th graders approached him and said, “I need to correct something I did wrong.”   It seems that a year and a half ago, when Farjun first became the school’s principal, he …

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A Thousand Words – July 1, 2019

Helsinki group visits gaza border

Meet Sarah and Ethan – a Jewish couple from Helsinki, Finland – pictured here with their two children and friends, on their first ever visit to Israel. Sarah and Eitan came to visit with Avichai Koch, a farmer from Moshav Tekuma on the Gaza border. Their connection to Koch, and to Israel, came about six …

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A Thousand Words – June 24, 2019

Akiva Sasson saying goodbye to his employers in the makolet

Students in the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs, the only Orthodox, fully-immersed, year-in-Israel program for young adults with special needs, learn Torah and tour the country during their year in Israel while they acquire skills for future independent living. Part of the training they receive is vocational; students worked in retail stores, kindergartens, offices, …

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