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“Giving students spiritual wings” – Jewish Standard

Rabbi Brander teaching at Midreshet Lindenbaum

Giving students spiritual wings Rabbi Kenneth Brander describes his challenging new job at the head of Ohr Torah Stone By JOANNE PALMER | December 27, 2018 What exactly is Ohr Torah Stone? The name is opaque — three nouns in a line. Ohr is Hebrew; it means light. Stone is English; we’ll come back to what …

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Loving the Life and Learning at Lindenbaum

(l-r:) Hanna Sholes, Eva Ingber, Darbie Sokolow, Alex Melzer, Dana Waitman, Naomi Freilich in Beit Shemesh

Darbie Sokolow Is Loving the Life and Learning at Lindenbaum By JLNJ Staff | December 20, 2018 Darbie Sokolow is studying at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. She grew up in Englewood and attended Ramaz. Her family davens at Congregation Ahavat Torah and the East Hill Synagogue. In the summers she’s attended Camp Seneca Lake, where …

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JM in the AM – pre-investiture interview with Rabbi Kenneth Brander

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On December 13th, Nachum Segal welcomed Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander to the “JM in the AM” show to discuss the upcoming OTS Investiture Dinner, in which Rabbi Shlomo Riskin will formally pass the baton of leadership to Rabbi Brander, the upcoming OTS International Giving Day, and much more!  

Chanukat HaBayit

Chanukat HaBayit Rabbanit Dena Freundlich Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum One of the most famous questions about Chanukah is: What motivated Chazal to create this holiday?  The Gemara on Shabbat 21b asks precisely this question and responds by relating the story of the nes pach shemen, the miracle of the cruse that contained enough oil to burn …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 5779

Hope and Faith Rabbi David Stav The holiday of Sukkot appears several times in the Torah, and is even discussed at length in Parshat Emor and in Parshat Re’eh. Surprisingly, however, our Sages instituted that the Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot come from a number of verses in Parshat Ki Tisa, even though this …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Yom Kippur 5779

To Forgive and Be Forgiven Rabbi David Stav Yom Kippur is upon us, and anyone who has ever been hurt by a friend, or just some other individual (haven’t we all?) knows exactly how hard it is to forgive. Those on the receiving end have nothing but their anger to use as a defense. With what …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Rosh Hashana 5779

Blowing the Shofar: The Voice of Freedom Rabbi David Stav One of the symbols most closely identified with Rosh Hashanah is the shofar. Shofar motifs adorned Jewish New Year’s postcards back when people sent postcards to each other. We sound the shofar dozens of times during the month of Elul, reaching the climax on the holiday …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5778

Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) Rabbi David Stav As the Torah enters its final stretch, we glance at the Jewish calendar and realize that the new year is fast approaching. “Siyurei Selichot”, the traditional pre-Rosh Hashana tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are gaining momentum, and shopping carts are filling with groceries at supermarkets throughout the …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tetze 5778

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Rabbi David Stav In Parshat Ki Tetze, we encounter a commandment that speaks of a reality with which we are completely unfamiliar, the “eshet yefat to’ar” (taking a beautiful woman as a war bride).  Here, the Torah describes a scenario in which a Jewish soldier wishes to marry a woman captured …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Shoftim 5778

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Rabbi David Stav Parshat Shoftim delves into the need to establish a judicial system in every town and village, for every tribe. The Torah adamantly requires us to maintain an incorruptible judicial system, forbids taking bribes, and so on. Our sages emphasize the severity of taking bribes, and describe how judges kept …

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