Judaism

Why persecution of Christians is a Jewish concern Over the past few years, while the world has been understandably distracted by other headline-grabbing problems, there has been a dramatic rise in the persecution of Christians. Rabbi Pesach Wolicki | April 13, 2022  As Passover approaches, I am reminded of the Passover seasons of my youth growing up …

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Lindenabum-Lod students greeting Ukrainian Refugees at Ben Gurion Airport

It’s not just about Ukraine, it’s about us By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | March 15, 2022 The invasion of Ukraine challenges us to ask questions about ourselves. What is the role and place of Jewish people in the broader story of humanity? What is the role of the state of Israel in a global …

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RABBI SHLOMO RISKIN dances with the Torah at the Ohr Torah Stone annual dinner, 2019.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin: Honoring a revolutionary rabbi – Book review From building Efrat to Orthodox women rabbis to Christian relations. by Alan Rosenbaum   | March 10, 2022  In the Orthodox world of today, the rosh yeshiva, or head of the rabbinical seminary, is often regarded as the supreme authority in matters of Jewish law, while the …

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Religion state reforms will strengthen halacha – opinion Modifications to kashrut and conversion systems represent a key opportunity to address critical issues in Jewish practice that demand change by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | February 12, 2022  In ongoing discussions with senior figures in the diaspora rabbinate, I’ve been exposed to sincere concerns over the nature …

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Meet the religious female combat soldiers who simulate Hizballah on the battlefield Six students from Midreshet Lindenbaum have joined the Tactical Simulation Unit that became operational a year ago as part of a special track | The key reason for the track: its meaningful, classified service in an all-female unit Yishai Elmakies, Kipa News 18/01/2022 …

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Tu B’Shvat: Strong Roots Ensure a Blossoming Future Thousands of Israelis participated in the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity Tu B’Shvat projects in communities across Israel, ranging from ecological education and environmental protection projects to parenting workshops and study sessions utilizing Jewish sources to explore concepts of personal and national growth, and to bring together …

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Don’t turn ‘agunot’ into pawns Her extremely complex case was brought before the official, state-authorized beit din of Tel Aviv. by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | December 7, 2021  When a victim of nearly 20 years of violence and abuse asks the Chief Rabbinate’s beit din (court) to be released from her broken marriage, the last …

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Rabbi Yakov Nagen

Parshat Vayera: Abraham in the Image of God By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | October 18, 2021 Monotheism Was Not Abraham’s Unique Contribution “The Lord said to Abram.… in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). From the time of the patriarchs to prophetic visions of the future, God has repeatedly …

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“Assimilation, Intermarriage and Conversion: Challenges and Opportunities” –  A conversation between Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, Director of Contemporary Jewish Life, American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Rabbi David Kalb, Director of Ohr Torah Stone’s Jewish Learning Center of New York (JLCNY). https://youtu.be/ytFPWVq5dk0 Previous “Torah for our Time” Events

Aliyah: The educational opportunity of moving to Israel – opinion The presence of young olim in the classroom provides students with a very real and relatable teaching lesson of modern-day Zionism. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, October 13, 2021  When analyzing the impact of aliyah on modern Israeli society, one is able to appreciate that today, nearly …

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Planting a tree in Rahat

FEATURED POST Who Are the Children of God? By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | September 30, 2021 Judaism’s teachings about a person’s essence invariably strike a chord among participants at the many interfaith events I attend. The idea that every person is created in the image of God is especially meaningful to them. While this …

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Rabbi Brander

Finding national inspiration in history and tradition Like Purim, on Yom K’purim the Jewish people stand together in either redemption or Divine abandonment and spiritual emptiness. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, September 14, 2021  In Jewish tradition, the day of Yom Kippur is wholly unique in multiple ways. While from the outsider’s perspective it may …

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