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Dr. Muhammed’s Mezuza and the Talisman of the Angel Raphael By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | July 20, 2021 The prophetic vision of the return to Zion includes partnership in the spiritual realm between the Jewish people and the nations of the world. As we witness fulfillment of several elements of prophetic visions in our …

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Tisha Be’av: Finding ourselves to find redemption – opinion The service on Tisha Be’av focuses on golah, exile, and its movement towards geulah, redemption. The difference between these two Hebrew words is one letter, aleph, for ani – me. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, July 15, 2021  In his introduction to Book of Genesis, the …

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“What Are the Next Glass Ceilings for Women in Orthodoxy” – A conversation with Rabbanit Devorah Evron, Director of Ohr Torah Stone’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha of Ohr Torah Stone’s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum,  and moderated by Judy Hecht …

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Nagen and the Dalai Lama

The Hebrew Little Prince Encounters the Dalai Lama By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | May 7, 2021 Seemingly random encounters can sometimes force us to confront our deepest selves. In the following story a chance meeting with a German tourist led me to examine issues of identity and how Judaism relates to other faiths. A …

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“LGBTQ Jews and the Orthodox Community: Where Things Stand and Where They’re Going“ – A conversation with Dr. Michelle Friedman, Associate Professor of  Clinical Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital (NY) and Founder, Lieberman Chair in Pastoral Counseling, YCT; Dr. Tuvia Peri, Professor of Psychology, Bar Ilan University and Clinical Psychologist; Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President …

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Making the Journey Meaningful The 7-week period between Pesach and Shavuot known as S’firat HaOmer (Counting of the Omer) marks a type of spiritual journey of the Jewish people, beginning with liberation from slavery and culminating with the receiving of the Torah.  This journey is perhaps felt most poignantly in Israel, where the nation moves, …

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Fighting ‘get’ refusal is a vital task we must all confront In fact, the institution of a get was biblically initiated as part of a series of laws to preclude spousal abuse – the first laws of this nature in human history. by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | April 26, 2021  While the aguna issue is one that …

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Rabbinate is overstepping its boundaries on conversion, divorces – opinion I believe the Israeli Rabbinate is overstepping their boundaries especially in two areas dependent upon a personal relationship: between a rabbi and convert, and a congregant seeking a divorce. by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin   | April 22, 2021  It was with profound sadness as well as angry …

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“Why a Jewish State? Rav Kook and Rav Soloveitchik on Religious Zionism and Modern Orthodoxy” – A conversation with Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Mirsky, Professor, Brandeis University Rabbanit Mali Brofsky, Educator and Alumna, Midreshet Lindenbaum Moderator: MK Tehilla Friedman, Attorney, Social Activist, and Alumna, Midreshet Lindenbaum. Previous “Torah for our Time” Events

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FEATURED POST It’s time to heal Jewish-Arab relations in Israel MK Mansour Abbas challenged Jewish Israelis to engage with the Arab community, and we must. There are plenty of partners for peace to be found By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | April 4, 2021 “Healing occurs only when we look at the other face-to-face.” (Zohar) …

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Celebrating Freedom: Yachad Program for Jewish Identity Prepares Israelis for Pesach Pesach represents transition – from winter to spring; from slavery to freedom. And in Israel this year, it also represented our transition from total lockdown in he face of Covid to the ability to live a more “normal” life. The Yachad Program for Jewish …

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