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Tisha Be’av: Finding ourselves to find redemption – opinion The service on Tisha Be’av focuses on golah, exile, and its movement towards geulah, redemption. The difference between these two Hebrew words is one letter, aleph, for ani – me. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, July 15, 2021  In his introduction to Book of Genesis, the …

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Nachum Segal welcomed Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone back to JM in the AM,  to hear his perspective on the riots in Lod during the recent conflicts,  and to learn how OTS’s Midreshet Lindenbaum-Lod was involved in helping the local community as they rebuild both physically and emotionally.  CLICK …

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Fighting ‘get’ refusal is a vital task we must all confront In fact, the institution of a get was biblically initiated as part of a series of laws to preclude spousal abuse – the first laws of this nature in human history. by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | April 26, 2021  While the aguna issue is one that …

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Rabbinate is overstepping its boundaries on conversion, divorces – opinion I believe the Israeli Rabbinate is overstepping their boundaries especially in two areas dependent upon a personal relationship: between a rabbi and convert, and a congregant seeking a divorce. by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin   | April 22, 2021  It was with profound sadness as well as angry …

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FEATURED POST Where is my Religious Zionist party? I’ll vote for a party of Torah values that fosters unity, shared purpose, honest dialogue, and a common destiny among different types and stripes of Jews Rabbi Kenneth Brander 23/02/2021 As I prepared for my aliya to Israel in 2018, among the many things I looked forward …

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Shira Isakov and the need for ‘aguna’ reform – opinion The plight of the aguna cannot be ignored and we are failing our women – all of society, indeed we are failing God – if we simply throw up our hands and let this situation be allowed to continue. Oped by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | …

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What does Judaism ihave to say about engagingwith minorities and  people of other religions in the sovereign state of Israel? In an interview with Kan English radio, OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander discusses the new Blickle Institute for Interfaith Dialogue and Beit Midrash for Judaism and Humanity, two new OTS programs …

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This week’s shiur, “Yom Ha’Kippurim: A Day Hallowed in Fear or Honored in Joy?”, was delivered by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone. Click here to download sources https://youtu.be/pewgYCblj5w

Orthodox Women as Spiritual Leaders: Yes or No? A Conversation with Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander On the backdrop of the recent recommendation by Israel’s Attorney General that women should be allowed to sit for examinations equal to rabbinical exams for men, the threatening response of the Chief Rabbinate, and the recent graduation of OTS’ Susi …

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Corona’s Bad Enough Without It Dividing Us Rabbi Kenneth Brander 13/03/2020 Perhaps one of the most painful realizations of tragedy is that someone will inevitably try to manipulate hardship to advance their own ideological agenda. I was therefore, not surprised and yet still deeply saddened to see that the current Coronavirus outbreak was no exception. …

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The Flame and the Light Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel offer differing views on the kindling of the Chanukah lights. Beit Shammai’s reason for requiring a continual decrease from eight (Chanukah) lights to one is so that the various kindlings correspond to the bull (sacrifices) of the Sukkot festival, and Beit …

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Israel is helping solve the global shortage of educators and rabbis Ohr Torah Stone’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel programs are celebrating the 20th anniversary of sending well-trained, creative and motivated educators and rabbis to serve Jewish communities throughout the world. Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander | May 15, 2019 (May 15, 2019 / JNS) Small- and medium-sized Jewish communities around …

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