Makor Rishon

Emissaries During Coronavirus: Thanking the Gods of Zoom

Emissaries During Coronavirus: Thanking the Gods of Zoom Prayers instead of money, meeting for beer or just listening: Ohr Torah Stone’s Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum participated in a panel on shlichut at Makor Rishon’s “Am Olam” International Diaspora Conference, in which

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Israel Before All Else

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,

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There’s no place too far or too isolated

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

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Blazing Trails in the Religious World

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

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Passing the Baton

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

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Darkaynu – This is Our Way

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

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“Aliya has complex ramifications…”

“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

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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

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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

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