Ohr Torah Stone

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 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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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

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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Shmuel-Klitsner

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 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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Nomi Berman

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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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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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Call Her Rabbanit; She’s Widening Role Of Women In Orthodox Community By AARON HOWARD | Jewish Herald Voice of Greater Houston • Thu, Jan 24, 2019 “Imagine how much richer the Torah world will be when a generation of women share their thoughts and insights into our cherished texts.” That’s what Sally Mayer told the …

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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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(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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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!