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A Thousand Words – November 18, 2019

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In addition to providing legal counsel and representation for agunot in the rabbinical courts, clients of OTS’s Yad Laisha – The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center are also provided with the support of staff social workers and personal coaches, out of the understanding that the difficulties faced by women being denied a divorce do …

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A Thousand Words – November 11, 2019

Outstanding Hadas Soldiers

The most recent IDF conscripts from OTS’s Claudia Cohen Torah/Army School (Hadas) are already following in the footsteps of the student-soldiers who preceded them.  As the various basic training courses in the Intelligence Corps, Education Corps, Border Surveillance; Combat Support; and the Israeli Air Force came to an end, it became apparent that once again, …

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A Thousand Words – November 4, 2019

soldier on aza border

A soldier in the Israeli navy recites shacharit, the morning prayers, while on duty ‘somewhere’ along the Gaza shoreline, illustrating the perfect combination of service to Hashem, Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. Although his name, location and rank cannot be disclosed, we can tell you that he is a student/soldier in Yeshivat Hesder OTS Metivta, located …

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A Thousand Words – October 28, 2019

Rabbanit Ravit Kalech

“In the beginning….”  A new parsha series, “Two Minutes to Shabbat” was kicked off this week by Ravit Kalech – a fellow in OTS’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL).  The “Two minutes to Shabbat” initiative, produced by Kolech – the Religious Women’s Forum – will feature a different woman scholar each week …

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A Thousand Words – October 21, 2019

Milner family

Faculty and staff of the Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs have a tradition of escorting graduate families to the airport as they embark upon their shlichut and presenting them with Israeli flags – a symbol of the reason for their trip.  Unfortunately, when Nini and Matan Milner (pictured left and center) left for Manchester …

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A Thousand Words – October 14, 2019

Boys from the Ramot school building sukkot for neighboring senior center

Students from the Jacob Sapirstein Junior High and High School in Ramot, Jerusalem spent the day prior to the Festival of Sukkot helping out their neighbors.  In conjunction with the city’s welfare department, upperclassmen went to various locations throughout the community to help elderly or infirm residents build a sukka. “It’s such a great feeling to …

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A Thousand Words – September 30, 2019

Rabbi Brander teaching Lindenbaum students

“Every character we encounter on Rosh Hashana – Avraham, Sarah and Yitzchak, Hagar and Yishmael, Rachel, Chana and the Benei Korach – had their own personal gehenom experience. And yet they maintained their connection with God. Judaism is about the fact that even in challenging times, even in darkness, we have a way to live …

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A Thousand Words – September 23, 2019

Yachad shofar blowing contest

Over the month of Elul, the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity‘s 48 coordinators ran creative programming across the country, designed to introduce thousands of Israelis of all ages to the symbols and traditions of Rosh Hashana. Yachad Coordinator Evyatar Gil in Rishon Lezion initiated a shofar blowing contest during the “opening the school year” happening with points …

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A Thousand Words – September 16, 2019

Avigayle Adler

Art educator Avigayle Adler joined the 7th OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Cherry Hill NJ, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, PA and Charleston, SC last week representing the state of Israel in general, and Israeli art and Jewish culture in particular, on behalf of Ohr Torah Stone and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. Adler and her …

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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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