Megilla BaKehilla 2017

“In all of my 46 years, this was the first time I ever heard a Purim megillah reading,” says Kiryat Tivon resident Elad Alon, one of 67,482 Israelis who participated in “Megillah BaKehilla,” an initiative of Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program. Through this year’s partnership with the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, the project – which literally means “Megillah in the community” – was able to… Continue Reading Megilla BaKehilla 2017

Megilla BaKehilla

(Scroll down for photos) As part of this year’s “Megilla BaKehilla” initiative, OTS’s Yachad Program ran 148 community-oriented Megillah readings throughout Israel with the participation of 22,000 Israelis. Each reading was punctuated by questions and answers, singing and dancing, animated presentations and dramatic pantomime, all in an effort to make the ancient story of Esther come alive and become more accessible and understandable… Continue Reading Megilla BaKehilla

The Message of Purim

Taanit Esther and the Message of Purim By Rabbi David Brofsky Unlike the other “minor” fasts that are enumerated and discussed by the Talmud (Taanit 29a), Taanit Esther is not mentioned anywhere in the Mishna or Talmud. In fact, the earliest reference to Taanit Esther appears in the eighth-century geonic work Sheiltot DeRav Aḥai (Parashat… Continue Reading The Message of Purim

Jacob Sapirstein Students Host Children with Disabilities for Purim Carnival

On Rosh Chodesh Adar, Ohr Torah Stone’s  Jacob Sapirstein High School for Boys in Ramot, Jerusalem, ran a Purim carnival for 150 children with disabilities and limited mobility from the “Kav L’Chaim” organization. This is the ninth year in a row that the pupils have partnered with Kav L’Chaim. “We view these informal activities through… Continue Reading Jacob Sapirstein Students Host Children with Disabilities for Purim Carnival