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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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“OTS Day” at Midreshet Lindenbaum

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Four hundred and fifty 11th and 12th graders in OTS’s three high schools for girls came to Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Chana and Yaacov Tilles Campus for a special day of learning in honor of OTS’s 30th anniversary. The day-long seminar featured two rounds of 13 simultaneous classes which took place throughout the Besen Family Center for …

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Melting the Ice

Jerusalem and Gush Etzion are still recovering from the worst snowstorm in decades. Today – eight days after the first flakes began to blanket the Judean hills – there are still homes without electricity, businesses that cannot open, streets covered in black ice, inestimable damage to property, and huge mounds of snow everywhere. But there are also heartwarming stories which so characterize Israelis. Displays of kindness, lightheartedness and generosity on levels far higher than the tallest snowdrift. Ohr Torah Stone’s students and faculty were no exception. We are proud of our teenage high-schoolers who volunteered to shovel out the driveways of local residents and visit elderly, sick or infirm members of their communities. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff members who exemplify the Jewish values of chessed and tzedek, who never forget those amongst us who are less fortunate and never forget the ideals on which the Torah stands. May the good deeds that transpired over the past week merit an Israel that is soft and white, long after the snow melts.

Defense Minister hosts Hadas (Hebrew press)

Defense Minister Yaalon with Hadas Students

Defense Minister Bogie Yaalon hosted student-soldiers from Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Hadas Women’s Hesder program on On Sukkot 5774 / 2013. Read the reports in the Israeli press (Hebrew):   * השר יעלון ארח צעירים לפני גיוס בסוכתו – חדשות ערוץ 7 * שר הביטחון בוגי יעלון בארוע הוקרה למדרשת לינדנבאום לבנות. עוד ציין השר: “לא נרגע עד שנניח ידנו על …

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Rabbi Riskin in the Jerusalem Post

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Women Entering the Great Halachic Conversation by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin – The Jerusalem Post, 10 July, 2013 Each of our unique challenges affect women existentially as equal citizens of our Jewish state In the July 7 edition of The Jerusalem Post, Rachel Kohl Feingold, a recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat in NY, wrote movingly of her own …

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