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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Parshat Vayeshev: Never Giving Up Hope Rabbanit Sally Mayer is the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program Yaakov was inconsolable. He sent his favorite son Yosef to check on his brothers in Shechem, but Yosef never returned.  Yosef’s brothers have sold him to slave traders on their way to Egypt, …

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Rabbi Mark Fishman

Vayeshev: Freeing Ourselves From Our Prisons by Rabbi Mark Fishman  A musmach of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and an alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar, Rabbi Mark Fishman serves as the rabbi at Congregation Beth Tikvah Ahavat Shalom Nusach Hoari in Montreal, Canada. תניא רבי אליעזר אומר בתשרי נברא העולם בתשרי נולדו אבות בתשרי מתו …

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Shabbat Shalom: Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “She is more righteous than I” (Genesis 38:26) The biblical drama of the peregrinations of Jacob ended with the patriarch’s return to his father’s house and homeland in last week’s reading of Vayishlah, and now with the reading of Vayeshev the riveting story …

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Aviva Stern

Vayishlach: Confronting Our Fears by Aviva Stern  Aviva Stern (ML ’03) serves the community of Efrat as a Yoetzet Halacha and teaches middle school Judaic studies at the Orot Etzion School for Girls. 20 years ago, Yaakov left the Land of Canaan. He was alone, penniless, and fleeing for his life from his brother Eisav. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. And Jacob journeyed to Succot, and built himself a home…”  (Genesis 33:16-17) What is Jewish continuity? How might it be attained? Jewish organizations have spent many years and millions of dollars in search …

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Rabbi Gad Krebs

What’s in a Name? by Rabbi Gad Krebs  Rabbi Gad Krebs is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hamivtar having received his semicha from Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg zt’’l. He has  been the Rabbi of Kehillat Masada Synagogue in Sydney, Australia for 13 years. When it comes to naming children, the Jewish tradition has …

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Shabbat Shalom: Vayetze (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had placed under his head, and set it up as a monument, and poured oil on the top of it.” [Gen. 28:18] Our Biblical portion, Vayetze, tells …

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Margot Botwinick

Can One Commit Fraud for the Right Reasons? The Matriarchs’ Corruption Commitment by Margot Botwinick  Margot (Reinstein) Botwinick, an alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum (’09) and former madricha (’12), is the co-founder with her husband, Josh, of Mizrachi OU-JLIC IDC Herzliya. As I write this, the official election results in America have yet to be announced. This …

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Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel — “Now Isaac loved Esau, because the hunt was in his mouth, while Rebecca loved Jacob” [Gen. 25:28]. The watershed moment in Jacob’s life—the repercussions of which surface in every subsequent generation of Jewish history—is the act deceiving his father, Isaac, in …

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This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated in honor of  David Katz’s Birthday – ad me’ah v’esrim by the Charif Family of Sydney, Australia Shabbat Shalom: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Abraham was old, well-stricken in age…” (Gen. 24:1) In addition to their shared ideals, the …

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Avraham & Yishmael: When Duty and Family Come into Conflict by Bracha Rutner  Bracha Rutner learned in Midreshet Lindenbaum during the years 1994-95 and 1995-96. She was the first congregational Yoetzet in the United States and is the Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Girls/Central. There is a dramatic pasuk, Breishit 25:9, …

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Vayera: Open Eyes, Heart, Mind and Hand by Rabbi David Kalb  Rabbi David Kalb directs the Jewish Learning Center, a program of Ohr Torah Stone. He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and received semikha from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.  This week’s Parsha teaches the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim, the commandment of welcoming guests. At the beginning of …

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