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JM in the AM – Rabbi Kenneth Brander

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OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander joined Nachum Segal on NSN’s “JM in the AM” radio show on May 15th. Rabbi Brander updated Nachum on the plethora of OTS activities which are making an indelible impact on Jewish communities in Israel and around the world, including OTS’s innovative initiatives on behalf of unaffiliated …

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Inclusion at the Pesach Seder

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Inclusion at the Pesach Seder Karen Gluch, Assistant Director of the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Midreshet Darkaynu program at  Midreshet Lindenbaum The Pesach Seder is long and detailed, intricate and complex. It is elaborate and diverse,structured and orderly. However it is also exciting and experiential, moving and stimulating.The Pesach Seder is for everyone! One of the …

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There Were HOW MANY Plagues?

There were HOW MANY plagues? Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director, Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Programs   It is the certitude and clarity with which the ten plagues are presented in the haggada that makes the section immediately thereafter all the more complicated. R’ Yossi haGlili, R’ Eliezer and R’ Akiva each present a varied understanding of …

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“Dayenu” – A Shiur for Pesach and Yom Ha’atzmaut

“Dayenu” – A Shiur for Pesach and Yom Ha’atzmaut Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Midreshet Lindenbaum faculty How could an observant Jew say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even had God not given us the Torah? And how could a Zionist say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even if God …

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A Night of Reflection

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A Night of Reflection Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha of the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum When we think about the seder night, our first thought often relates to the hard labor of cleaning and cooking that precedes it – perhaps yet another way in which we taste the bitterness of slavery, aside …

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Lentil Stew, Stolen Identity, and our Struggle with Amalek

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Lentil Stew, Stolen Identity, and our Struggle with Amalek By Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner, Chairman of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership  In Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he offers a theological argument to explain why the civil war was still exacting so heavy a price on the North as well as the South. Though he …

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Blurred Perceptions

Blurred Perceptions By Rabbi Shlomo RiskinOTS Founder, Chancellor Emeritus and Rosh HaYeshiva What does our sober and moderate Judaism, with its emphasis on “You shall be holy,” have to do with a masquerade ball? And yet, that is precisely what characterizes our celebration of Purim, replete with (often outlandish) costumes and an abundance of the …

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Rabbanit Nomi Berman, Rosh Beit Midrash of the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum “בלילה ההוא נדדה שנת המלך” – Which king was restless that fateful night?  The human king Achashverosh or the divine King?  The Megilla is simultaneously a story of divine Providence and a model for functioning in a world where …

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JM in the AM – Interview with Rabbi Kenneth Brander

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OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander was a guest on the Nachum Segal Network’s “JM in the AM” radio show on February 19th. Rabbi Brander spoke live from an OTS conference in Cancun, Mexico for Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel shlichim serving communities in North, Central and South America. Rabbi Brander also expounded upon an …

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