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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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A Thousand Words – June 17, 2019

In an incredible display of cooperation and camaraderie, 10 girls from OTS Ulpanat Oriya and OTS Neveh Channah, in memory of Anna Ehrman came together to participate in the national gymnastics competition on the Givat Washington campus. The girls choreographed the floor exercise all by themselves, practicing in their spare time and in unprofessional conditions… and …

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A Thousand Words – June 10, 2019

Kids celebrate Kabbalat Torah in Tel Aviv

The Festival of Shavuot is referred to as ‘Zman matan Torateinu’ – literally: the time of the giving of our Torah. The operative words here are ‘our Torah’ – because the Torah, in fact, was given to everyone and should thus serve as a source of inspiration, pride and guidance for all Jews, no matter what their …

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A Thousand Words – June 3, 2019

25th Anniversary Derech Avot

OTS’s Derech Avot Junior High and High School last week celebrated its 25th anniversary of providing the youth of Gush Etzion with a stellar education and close attention to each boy’s personal development.  Alumni and former members of faculty and staff came to take part in the joyous festivities which also honored those members of the …

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A Thousand Words – May 27, 2019

Adv Devorah Brisk (left) with Shira, get in hand

Wish a cross-continental mazal tov to Shira on receiving her get – finally offering her comfort after years of struggle.  Shira is from Miami, and though her (former) husband lives in Mexico, he would not agree to grant her a divorce – despite their not living together, and despite his being seen with other women. …

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A Thousand Words – May 20, 2019

Neveh Channah Art Track at Ein Gedi

The Art Track at the Neveh Channah High School, in memory of Anna Ehrman, encourages students to harness real-life feelings, events, questions and struggles as their source of inspiration.  The hallways of the school are dotted with the students’ works which range from creative interpretations of the Latin phrase “Homo homini lupus est”  (“Man is …

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A Thousand Words – May 13, 2019

Amlat

OTS institutions marked Israel’s Memorial Day – Yom HaZikaron – with meaningful services embracing and honoring the families of students, alumni and faculty whose loved ones fell in the line of duty or in devastating terror attacks.  In fact, Yom Hazikaron is a personal experience for almost every citizen in this tiny country, where everyone …

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A Thousand Words – May 6, 2019

Cheryl Frankel with group at Har herzl

Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Cheryl Burnat leads students from the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program on a tour of Har Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery and memorial site, in advance of Yom HaZikaron.  Burnat expounded upon Israeli President Ezer Weizman’s 1996 speech at the Bundestag. “Weizman famously said that ‘memory shortens distances.’ In effect, we are time-traveling …

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A Thousand Words – April 29, 2019

Metivta students learning together after being recruited into IDF

After a year and a half of keeping warm from the light of the beit midrash, the very first group of students at OTS’s Yeshivat Metivta left the comforts of the yeshiva campus in Carmiel and headed to Bakum (reception and sorting base for new IDF recruits) to embark upon their military service. The students …

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