Rabbi Kenneth Brander

125 Years of Modern Religious Zionism: A Time for Serious Reflection Our achievements over the past century and a quarter have surpassed the dreams of even the most ambitious visionaries. They’re nothing short of a manifestation of our prophets’ farsighted aspirations by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | September 2, 2022 The occasion of the 125th anniversary …

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Egalitarian Prayer at the Kotel: How Should Orthodox Jews Respond? After the recent well-publicized disruption of three Conservative bar/bat mitzvahs by a group of young religious zealots, Rabbi Scott Kahn invited OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander to his “Orthodox Conundrum” podcast to explore the attitude of Orthodox Jews to non-halakhic prayer services …

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Orthodox leader pledges to teach pluralism after zealots overrun egalitarian prayers

Orthodox leader pledges to teach pluralism after zealots overrun egalitarian prayers ‘Thanks to those hoodlums, 5,000 students will all learn about the importance of respecting Reform and Conservative Jews,’ says Rabbi Kenneth Brander of the Ohr Torah Stone network Judah Ari Gross | July 7, 2022   The head of a large network of Modern …

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  FEATURED POST   If only they had signed a halachic prenup at their wedding Does a document that protects you from get-refusal mean you’ll end up divorced? Does wearing a seat belt means you’ll have a car accident? Rabbi Kenneth Brander 30/06/2022 About 20 years ago, as the Rabbi of the Boca Raton community in …

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Passover 2022: Finding redemption in the face of terror – opinion The Talmud teaches that Nisan is the month of redemption for everyone just as it was for the Jews in Egypt in Exodus by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | April 8, 2022  The Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 10b) teaches that the month of Nisan is not …

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Religion state reforms will strengthen halacha – opinion Modifications to kashrut and conversion systems represent a key opportunity to address critical issues in Jewish practice that demand change by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | February 12, 2022  In ongoing discussions with senior figures in the diaspora rabbinate, I’ve been exposed to sincere concerns over the nature …

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Don’t turn ‘agunot’ into pawns Her extremely complex case was brought before the official, state-authorized beit din of Tel Aviv. by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | December 7, 2021  When a victim of nearly 20 years of violence and abuse asks the Chief Rabbinate’s beit din (court) to be released from her broken marriage, the last …

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Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Yitzchak Yosef

 FEATURED POST  Rabbis: Critique all you want, but please refrain from derisive, divisive attack  I believe in keeping strictly kosher, but I’m also certain that toxic rhetoric against fellow Jews is more harmful than an assortment of kashrut labels is Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 17/11/2021 During a recent sermon in Jerusalem, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Rabbi …

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Aliyah: The educational opportunity of moving to Israel – opinion The presence of young olim in the classroom provides students with a very real and relatable teaching lesson of modern-day Zionism. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, October 13, 2021  When analyzing the impact of aliyah on modern Israeli society, one is able to appreciate that today, nearly …

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Rabbi Brander

Finding national inspiration in history and tradition Like Purim, on Yom K’purim the Jewish people stand together in either redemption or Divine abandonment and spiritual emptiness. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, September 14, 2021  In Jewish tradition, the day of Yom Kippur is wholly unique in multiple ways. While from the outsider’s perspective it may …

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The power of response in the tshuva process The day on which the ten-day process of repentance culminates, Yom Kippur, is not a day of mourning. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, September 2, 2021  The well-known thinker, neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl once wrote, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. …

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