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“Rabbinical attacks on Reform Jews are a recipe for delaying the Mashiach”

“Rabbinical attacks on Reform Jews are a recipe for delaying the Mashiach” At the first Makor Rishon “Am Olam” International Conference on the Diaspora, OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander gave a TED Talk about the importance of developing a common language for all of world Jewry, for the sake of our …

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A Time to Reconnect

RKB Letter to Omer Yankelovitz

“A Time to Reconnect” An open letter from Rabbi Kenneth Brander to MK Omer Yankelevich, Israel’s newly-appointed Minister of Diaspora Affairs 5 June, 2020 Thousands of years ago our nation was exiled from our country by our enemies. The Jewish people dispersed in all directions, building homes and communities, establishing synagogues and houses of study. …

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Spending the Year in Israel – Our Way

Spending the Year in Israel – Our Way Arutz 7 News | 30 October, 2019 On Monday, October 28th, this year’s cohort of the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs arrived at Ben Gurion airport. The chaperoned group was greeted by peers who had arrived earlier, as well as administrative staff, madrichot and madrichim holding …

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“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

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