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Israel Before All Else

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Israel before all else The government has not yet decided what to do with them; even among Israelis of Ethiopian descent not everyone is thrilled by their arrival; and in their native country, this voyage came at great expense.  However, eight members of the Falash Mura who came here on a special leadership program do …

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There’s no place too far or too isolated

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There’s no place too far or too isolated In New-Zealand and England and even in far-off Brazil, the shlichim of Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel are active in hundreds of Jewish communities around the world. The common denominator: strengthening Jewish identity, fighting assimilation, and also their language – the language of Religious Zionism. Yair Kraus | Makor …

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Blazing Trails in the Religious World

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Blazing a trail:  pioneering women in the religious world The Ohr Torah Stone network is at the forefront of change in every facet of the women’s Torah revolution: offering Torah studies and halakha instruction for women, freeing agunot and fostering professional development.  “The mother of all midrashot,” Midreshet Lindenbaum has opened up new campuses in …

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Passing the Baton

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Passing the Baton After filling the position for decades, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin – founder of the Ohr Torah Stone network – is passing the torch to his successor, Rabbi Katriel (Kenneth) Brander.  In a joint discussion, the two speak about burning issues in the world of education and the rabbinate, and of their aim of …

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Darkaynu – This is Our Way

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Darkaynu – This is Our Way The blessed initiatives bringing young Jews from the Diaspora to a year of learning in Israel left young women and men with special needs behind. The Darkaynu programs succeed in makeing the Jewish and Zionist year-in-Israel experience accessible.  By Ariel Schnabel – Makor Rishon Weekend Supplement | 16 November, …

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“Aliya has complex ramifications…”

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“Aliya has complex ramifications, and we must deal with them” After leading the transformation of a small Florida community into one of the most influential Jewish communities in the United States, Rabbi Katriel (Kenneth) Brander was appointed Vice President of Yeshiva University. He certainly astonished a great many when he decided to leave it all, …

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Leaving the Box Behind

Makor Rishon – Shabbat Magazine March 16, 2018 Originally published in Hebrew Leaving the Box Behind By Elhanan Nir Will the solution to intermarriage come from cooperation with local Muslim communities? The Straus-Amiel Conference of European Rabbis held in Zurich discussed the Jewish-communal challenge in a time of disintegration With the Polish law about the …

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A Rabbi’s Sorrow – צער רב

“A Rabbi’s Sorrow” Rabbi Shlomo Riskin really thought that it would be different. That those in the seat of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate would be righteous and more tolerant — toward women, converts and even Conservative Jews. Instead, they accuse him of straying from the halakha. by Zvika Klein Makor Rishon 4/08/2017 “If I could …

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