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The digital irony of the coronavirus crisis Jewish tradition has a remarkable way of connecting current events to the Torah-reading cycle, and this crisis is no exception. BY KENNETH BRANDER |  MARCH 23, 2020 While periods of crisis typically produce challenge and hardship, when we look hard enough we can often also find irony that …

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Thankfulness is a basic human virtue Today’s schools focus on teaching the whole child: heart, soul and mind. There is even a focus on spirituality in our schools. God has finally made it into the curriculum! BY KENNETH BRANDER |  November 30, 2019 Thankfulness is a basic human virtue, and a very Jewish one as …

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Halachic Prenups Increasingly Common in the US; Israel Lags Advocates of such agreements argue that this extra financial burden is a strong motivating factor for recalcitrant partners to grant a divorce. By Jeremy Sharon | March 20, 2019 Some 84% of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the US ensure that couples they marry sign a halachic …

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Do We Love Our Daughters Less Than They Do Theirs?  This week, we mark International Aguna Day, traditionally held on Ta’anit Esther, the fast on Purim eve. (An aguna is a Jewish woman who is “chained” to her marriage.) BY KENNETH BRANDER |  MARCH 13, 2019 “All the books of the prophets and all the holy …

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Proffesional Women in Halacha  Part Two in the series on the phenomenon of women’s leadership and learning in Orthodoxy in Israel – in which three women describe their journey in answering the call to Torah. By Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll –  February 21, 2019 | Jerusalem Post Magazine  The women who study Torah are as unique and …

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  Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court By Pnina Omer –  Jerusalem Post Oped, 10/6/2018 In a recent column, USA based attorney Alan Dershowitz protested the detainment of a US citizen in Israel, a citizen whose sole crime, according to Dershowitz, is the fact that he happens to have a son who refuses to give a religious …

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Pittsburgh Strong According to statistics released by the FBI, of the approximately 3,000 hate crimes committed against religious groups in the US in 2016, more than half were committed against Jews. By Rabbi Kenneth Brander | October 31, 2018 A whirlwind of emotions has swept up Jews worldwide in the wake of the shocking and …

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    ‘The Islands will Rejoice!’ Psalm 96 comes alive for the writer, who recounts her joyous journey on ‘shlihut’ in Papua, as an emissary of the Ohr Torah Nidchei Yisrael project.  By Nili Salem B’Simcha – September 28, 2018 When the email was returned, we learned that the shlihut (emissary) opportunities to work with the …

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