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Spreading the Joy of Adar

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

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How was this Pesach Different?

How was this Pesach Different? For generations of Jewish children, one of the highlights of the Pesach Seder has been standing on a chair and reciting the Four Questions. And yet – in the Jewish state of Israel – the

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Professor Dumbledore in the Beit Midrash

Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Chana and Yaakov Tilles Campus in Jerusalem was transformed into the magical world of Harry Potter before Purim. Inspired by the students’ creativity, OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander surprised everyone by appearing in the Beit Midrash

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Do we love our daughters less than they do theirs?

Do We Love Our Daughters Less Than They Do Theirs?  This week, we mark International Aguna Day, traditionally held on Ta’anit Esther, the fast on Purim eve. (An aguna is a Jewish woman who is “chained” to her marriage.) BY KENNETH

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Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

Taanit Esther- A Plea for Balance

Taanit Esther- A Plea for Balance Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, Director of Training and Placement for OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Programs[1] Introduction It is a well-established custom[2] to fast on the 13th of Adar[3], usually one day before Purim [which

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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

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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

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