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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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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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