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An Ohr Torah Stone delegation of rabbis, educators and musicians traveled to Poland over Purim to bring crucial humanitarian aid, to assist the OTS shlichim already on the ground, and to help ensure the holiday would be as meaningful and filled with joy as possible for the Ukrainian refugees.

Tens of thousands of Israelis flock to festive, experiential Purim celebrations Purim is a holiday that all Israeli Jews look forward to; it’s fun and festive for adults and children alike. However, many secular Israeli Jews don’t feel comfortable in the synagogue, and therefore miss out on the opportunity to hear the megilla.  Their children …

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Thousands Celebrate Purim with Yachad With Israel slowly emerging from the latest Covid-19 lockdown, Ohr Torah Stone’s ‘Yachad’ Program for Jewish Identity once again partnered with the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization to coordinate Purim megilla readings in hundreds of communities across Israel.  Now in its eleventh year, the outdoor program called “Megilla BaKehilla” (literally, “megilla reading within the community”) offered “Covid-safe” Purim celebrations …

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Rabbi Kenneth Brander: Helping Agunot and spreading the light of Purim Rabbi Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, comes to the Arutz Sheva studio to discuss two important initiatives Yoni Kempinski , Feb 25 , 2021 On the occasion of Yom HaAguna, International Aguna Day, Arutz Sheva speaks with Rabbi Kenneth Brander. Rabbi Brander …

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Operation “Social Vaccination”  Twelfth grade students at Derech Avot High School in Efrat raised NIS 50,000 to prepare and distribute 1,000 food baskets to the elderly, Holocaust survivors and needy families in advance of Purim. Arutz 7, 19 February, 2021 From their very first day at a religious high school, all students dream of Purim …

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Women’s Obligation in Megilla Reading By Rabbi David Brofsky, Ra”m at Midreshet Lindenbaum Do Women and Men Have the Same Obligation in Mikra Megilla? The Talmud explicitly establishes that women are included in the obligation of mikra Megilla,despite the general rule exempting women from time-bound commandments (“mitzvot asei she-hazman gerama”): R. Yehoshua b. Levi said: …

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Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise “Judaism celebrates the value of life before the ritual aspect,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, president of Ohr Torah Stone.  By David Crary | March 10, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations in Israel and …

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Spreading the Joy of Adar Students from OTS’s Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School for Boys found innovative ways of raising funds to purchase tefillin and provide a Bar Mitzva celebration for a needy family.  In honor of the upcoming Purim holiday, dozens of 9th and 10th grader students from OTS’s Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School …

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“Go, gather together all the Jews…” (Megillat Esther, 7:16) – Celebrating Purim Together Though gourmet Hamantaschen make their appearance in the trendiest Israeli bakeries and everyone dresses up for the holiday, Purim for many Israelis has little meaning beyond face-painting or getting intoxicated. How can we connect Israelis with no interest in the synagogue to the …

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