Halakha

Learning Halakha Understanding of one of the most central aspects of Jewish life has inspired me and my female colleagues to develop the “MidraIsha”. Rabbanit Batel Picar, June 07, 2022 I distinctly remember the formative experience that made me realize that the key decisions in my life are not in my own hands. I remember …

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New Initiative Launched by Up and Coming Women Spiritual Leaders  Four years ago, Rabbanit Moriya Taasan Michaeli embarked on a journey: she enrolled in the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) with the goal of devoting herself completely to Torah learning on a level she had never previously experienced. At that point, Taasan-Michaeli …

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OTS Graduate Tapped to Lead Modern Orthodox Community in Haredi Neighborhood Rabbi Itamar Frisch, a musmach of OTS’s Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary, has just been appointed Rabbi of the Modern Orthodox “Beit Knesset Dati Leumi” in Har Nof, Jerusalem. “While most people in Har Nof are Haredi, we have many advantages for people …

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The Straus Kollel meets with Rav Lau

Training Rabbis to Serve in the Contemporary World As part of the training program for young rabbis, the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary provides complementary shiurim on crucial subjects from the worlds of philosophy, economics and psychology, and brings students to meet a variety of people from different spheres of influence and disciplines In …

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Orian Godinger

Educating Our Future Rabbis The Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary has developed a reputation for training rabbis with halakhic knowledge, while also giving them important insights about how to be effective educators and leaders who can connect people to the meaning and beauty of Judaism. This year, two of the rabbinic students are incorporating …

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Settler, Feminist, Future Rabbanit – Alumah Florsheim is a fascinating tangle of contradictions Alumah Florsheim authored a compelling and impactful article, in which she called on the halakhic authorities to adapt the Niddah or family purity laws to women who have been victims of sexual assault, after she herself was a victim of rape. An …

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Rabbanit Devorah Evron with the graduates

Graduation marks new class of women Halakhic leaders Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) of the Ohr Torah Stone network commemorated the graduation of its 2021 class Arutz Sheva, June 04, 2021 After more than a year of social distancing that limited ceremonies to small private events, the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership …

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Rabbi Brander speaks

The following remarks were delivered in Hebrew by Ohr Torah Stone President and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, at the graduation ceremony of Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes, Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis, and Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval from the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) on June 2, 2021 at Midreshet Lindenbaum. *** מַאי …

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Petition demands childcare subsidies for women in Torah study programs Women who learn in institutions for advanced religious study should be eligible for the same benefits as families where the father studies full time at a kollel. Jeremy Sharon |  May 24, 2021 The ITIM religious services organization has filed a petition to the High Court of …

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Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis

1st ever woman spiritual leader of Orthodox synagogue appointed in Israel Until now, Orthodox synagogues in Israel have only appointed women to serve in positions of spiritual leadership alongside male rabbis, never by themselves. Jeremy Sharon |  April 28, 2021 The Shirat Tamar Synagogue in Efrat has appointed Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis as its sole …

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Yeshiva Student and Mother Study Together for Spiritual Leadership Exams While the Chief Rabbinate still prohibits women from taking its professional ordination exams, Ravit and Yehoshua Oran Kalech, a mother and son, are both studying for the difficult tests. Ultimately, the son will be ordained as a Rabbi and his mother will earn a certificate …

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