“Life in Argentina is simpler, but Israel is worth the hardship”

Amlat class of 2017 at Michal's wedding

“Life in Argentina is simpler, but Israel is worth the hardship” Since the inception of the Amlat program at Midreshet Lindenbaum about a decade ago, 30% of its participants – about 100 young women – have made aliya.  “It is true that my family does not live in Israel and it’s difficult being alone,” says …

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A Thousand Words – November 5, 2018

Sheva Chaya demonstrating glass blowing to New Orleans community

Israeli artist Sheva Chaya joined OTS Amiel BaKehilla‘s third delegation to Cherry Hill, NJ; Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA where her breathtaking glass-blowing presentations successfully engaged community members through the creation of beautiful Jewish art from Safed.  OTS Amiel BaKehila’s delegations to small and mid-sized communities across the Diaspora create a lasting connection to Jewish tradition, …

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Living in hope and in limbo

Photo of cover article on Ethiopian students at Machanaim in In Jerusalem magazine

Living in Hope and in Limbo Their hearts are in Israel; their bodies remain in Ethiopia. Will the story ever have a happy ending? by Maayan Hoffman August 31, 2018 Photos by Marc Israel Sellem Getachew Gebrei described his new yeshiva as a “light of Torah – wow!” Gebrei, an engineering student, is one of …

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If These Pages Could Talk

If These Pages Could Talk Rabbi Kenneth Brander 27/07/2018 A number of years ago, my parents began preparing to leave the home they’d lived in for decades. But at a certain point, my siblings and I realized that nothing was being packed. My father would open a drawer, look at what was inside, and a groundswell …

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The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate

The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate

July 4, 2018 The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin   From the very beginning of the establishment of our Jewish state, it certainly was assumed that the institution of the Chief Rabbinate would have control over the religious services provided by the state: marriage and divorce, kashrut and conversion, at the very …

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“Torah Lights” – Tazria-Metzora and Yom Haatzmaut 5778

Photo: Chaim Snow

“Redemption in our Generation”–
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s insights into Parshat Tazria-Metzora and Yom Ha’atzmaut

 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Remembrance and Celebration

Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) is followed immediately by Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day); the transition from a somber day of national mourning to unbridled celebration creates an intense, emotionally-charged mood throughout Israel.  That special energy and poignancy is captured in the slideshow below, comprised of photographs from OTS schools and programs as well as from alumni …

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“A Journey of Renewal” – Jerusalem Post

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin speaks about Germany and Israel and Ohr Torah Stone’s upcoming trip By SARAH LEVIN “He’s taken on countless challenges and projects throughout his illustrious career, but Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s highlight may be the journey he plans to lead, with a Jewish renewal mission, to Germany and Israel in May…” Read more… FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TRIP  

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