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Minhagei Aveilut of Sefirat Ha-Omer

The Minhagei Aveilut of Sefirat Ha-Omer By Rabbi David Brofsky The Gemara relates: It was said that R. Akiva had twelve thousand pairs of disciples, from Gabbat to Antipatris; and all of them died at the same time because they did not treat each other with respect. The world remained desolate until R. Akiva came …

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President’s Award to OTS alumni

OTS congratulates Lieutenant Yigal Wolbromsky, a graduate of Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School serving in the Israeli Navy, and Corporal N.G., a graduate of Midreshet Lindenbaum serving the Intelligence Corps, on receiving the prestigious Outstanding Soldier’s Award. The citation, awarded by the President of Israel and IDF Chief of Staff on Yom Haatzmaut, recognizes outstanding service and extraordinary …

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Karpas at the Pesach Seder

The Role of Karpas at the Pesach Seder By Rabbi David Brofsky What is the reason behind the “Karpas” at the Pesach Seder, and what is the significance of its name? A number of Rishonim (see Rashbam), based upon the Gemara (Pesachim 114), imply that the karpas is meant to stimulate the children to ask …

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OTS mourns Maria Finkle, z”l

Ohr Torah Stone and the Maria and Joel Finkle Program for Overseas Students at Midreshet Lindenbaum mourn the passing of Maria Finkle. Thousands of young women at Midreshet Lindenbaum have benefited from the generosity and kindness of Maria Finkle. Maria Finkle was a regal queen who never lost her optimism and faith in the future …

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The Miracle of Chanukah and its Message

The Miracle of Chanukah By Rabbi David Brofsky Chanukah commemorates the events that took place during the Hasmonean rebellion against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid king of Syria, in 164 BCE. In the Al HaNissim prayer inserted in the Shemoneh Esreh and Birkat HaMazon throughout the holiday, we relate: In the days of the Hasmonean …

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Listening to Sarah’s Voice

  “Listening to Sarah’s Voice” by Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  9/11/2014 There are some places and situations where males, including rabbis, should never be present. One of them is a women’s mikveh. Period. I hate to write what might be mistaken for schadenfreude. Amid the allegations against Rabbi Barry Freundel, amid the condemnation and …

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Simple Faith and Commitment

Simple Faith and Commitment: Beating the Aravot on Hoshana Raba By Rabbi David Brofsky One of the most intriguing and puzzling customs of the Festival of Succot is the beating of the Aravoton Hoshana Rabba, known as “chivut arava”. The Gemara (Succa 46b) refers to this mysterious ritual, and describes how outside of the Beit …

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Meaning in Measurements

“Meaning in Measurements” by Nomi Berman Jerusalem Post Sukkot Supplement –  7/10/2014 At times, the first chapter of Masechet Succa reads like a geometry text book. There are dimensions, diagrams, formulae, and even pi makes a guest appearance. But, already in the opening sugya, or passage, the gemara reminds us that in the halachic worldview, …

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Eating on the Day Before Yom Kippur

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Eating on the Day Before Yom Kippur R. Ḥiyya bar R. Difti taught: It says, “And you shall afflict yourselves on the ninth” . Now on the ninth do we fast? Do we not fast on the tenth? Rather, this is to tell you that anyone who eats and drinks on the ninth, the Scriptures …

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut And Yom Yerushalayim

“Observance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim” by Rabbi David Brofsky (Senior Faculty Member of Midreshet Lindenbaum)  04/24/2014 In 1949, a year after the establishment of the state of Israel, the Israeli government declared that the fifth of Iyar should be observed as a national holiday. In response, the chief rabbis of Israel, R. Yitzchak HaLevi …

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