What does Jerusalem mean to you?

What does Jerusalem mean to you? In honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary preparation programs asked the rabbis and educators serving communities all over the world to pose the question to their congregants and students. This video is a compilation of some of the …

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Giving Thanks

“אוֹדֶה ה’ בְּכָל-לֵבָב” — “I give thanks to God with all my heart” This was the heart-felt proclamation made by Rabbi Boaz Pash in a moving display of gratitude to the Almighty yesterday. Rav Boaz, a former Straus-Amiel emissary and current Rosh Kollel of Ohr Torah Stone’s Kollel Torat Yosef was miraculously saved earlier this week from …

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Chanukah Interlude

Rabbi Dr. Lior Kaminetsky, a musmach of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary’s Kollel Torat Yosef and a Straus-Amiel emissary in England, has an extra string to his rabbinical bow – literally. An accomplished violinist, Rabbi Kaminetsky brought Chanuka to life in his shul, Birmingham Central Synagogue. מזכרת מקונצרט החנוכה בבירמינגהם, אנגליה Posted by Lior …

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Sanctifying and Celebrating Life

On Friday, November 13th, Rabbi Yaa’cov Litman and his 18-year-old son Netanel were murdered in a terror attack near Hebron.  Five other family members – Litman’s wife, three daughters aged 5, 9, and 11, and a 16-year-old son – suffered minor wounds. The family was driving to the Shabbat Kallah (a bride’s pre-wedding Shabbat celebration) of Sarah Techiya, a …

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Israel. Three. Words

Which three words would you choose to define Israel? Akiba Academy of Dallas’ Middle School students express their connection to and love of Israel — in three words. They made a video of themselves holding placards with the three words they chose, and they are challenging all of us to do the same, in order to encourage others to identify …

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One Beer at a Time

OTS emissaries Shira and Rabbi Chaim Finson serve as the OU-JLIC couple at Cornell University. This week the couple served up a beer-themed program; not the standard drinking-fest made notorious by colleges and universities across the world, but rather an experiential learning tour. “It is important that students have some level of knowledge of what goes into …

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Lodz Jewish Kindergarten

A new school year is always an exciting time, as new students take their first tentative steps into the world of formal education, older children look forward to seeing friends they haven’t seen for a few weeks, and preschoolers mix the laughter of new experiences with the cries of being in strange surroundings for the …

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“O Rei Ta no Campo!”

“O Rei Ta no Campo!” – “The King is in the field!” With this cry, Rabbi Chovav and Aviya Reichner welcomed in the month of Elul, the month that heralds God’s closeness to us and the upcoming Days of Awe. Emissaries of Beren-Amiel and the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute respectively, the Reichners are now serving …

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