Judaism
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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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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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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The power of response in the tshuva process The day on which the ten-day process of repentance culminates, Yom Kippur, is not a day of mourning. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, September 2, 2021  The well-known thinker, neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl once wrote, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. …

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 FEATURED POST  Rosh Hashanah: Closing a circuit of life and love The day’s events threw a Lubavitcher Hasid, a Bedouin soldier, and me together so we could each do some good, and I was sure our encounters weren’t by chance By Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen | September 3, 2021 My wife and I set a …

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“Can Teshuva Ever Be Authentic? Do People Really Change?” – A conversation with Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone’s Robert M. Beren Yeshivat Hesder Machanaim, and Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes, Director of OTS’s International Halakhic Scholars Program. https://youtu.be/z_UA_xS2dFA Previous “Torah for our Time” Events

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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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