Rabbi Kenneth Brander

“Giving students spiritual wings” – Jewish Standard

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Giving students spiritual wings Rabbi Kenneth Brander describes his challenging new job at the head of Ohr Torah Stone By JOANNE PALMER | December 27, 2018 What exactly is Ohr Torah Stone? The name is opaque — three nouns in a line. Ohr is Hebrew; it means light. Stone is English; we’ll come back to what …

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JM in the AM – pre-investiture interview with Rabbi Kenneth Brander

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On December 13th, Nachum Segal welcomed Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander to the “JM in the AM” show to discuss the upcoming OTS Investiture Dinner, in which Rabbi Shlomo Riskin will formally pass the baton of leadership to Rabbi Brander, the upcoming OTS International Giving Day, and much more!  

A Thousand Words – November 19, 2018

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In a historic, uplifting ceremony at the Jerusalem Theatre last Wednesday, Ohr Torah Stone officially installed Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander as President and Rosh HaYeshiva, a celebration which will culminate on December 19th, with an investiture dinner in New York. The emotional highlight of the evening came as OTS founder Rabbi Shlomo Riskin pronounced over Rabbi …

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Parshat Lech Lecha – a Journey of Self-Discovery

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Parshat Lech Lecha: A Journey of Self-Discovery Rabbi Kenneth Brander  Lech Lecha sets into motion the ancient journey which lay the groundwork for Am Yisrael’s enduring connection with Eretz Yisrael. Yet the formulation of the text begs for elucidation.   While this parsha finds Avraham and Sara leading the charge, only a few verses earlier, in …

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Parshat Bereishit – Connecting Between Sacred and Profane

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Parshat Bereishit: Connecting Between Sacred and Profane  Rabbi Kenneth Brander  As we begin reading the Torah anew and are reintroduced to the story of Creation, one seemingly trivial point often goes unnoticed: the fact that humankind is conceived and born specifically on “yom vav” – the sixth day of Creation. Perhaps reflecting the very essence …

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“Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases”

Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases Rabbi Kenneth Brander, lately of Teaneck, on moving to Israel and new programs from Ohr Torah Stone By JOANNE PALMER August 16, 2018 It’s not at all surprising that the iconic object that Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander brought with him on the Nefesh b’Nefesh flight that he, his wife, …

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“We are closing the circle”

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“We are closing the circle,” Rabbi Kenneth Brander told Attila Somfalvi in the Ynet news studio on Thursday morning, as he shared the “story of the suitcase” – the history behind the 7 lb. case which made aliya along with the Brander family last Wednesday. Somfalvi displayed the heavy suitcase on the news desk as …

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If These Pages Could Talk

If These Pages Could Talk Rabbi Kenneth Brander 27/07/2018 A number of years ago, my parents began preparing to leave the home they’d lived in for decades. But at a certain point, my siblings and I realized that nothing was being packed. My father would open a drawer, look at what was inside, and a groundswell …

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Nachum Segal in-flight interview with Rabbi Brander

Nachum Segal in-flight interview with Rabbi Brander

“A wonderful and wondrous opportunity to be able to do wonderful things for the Jewish people in Medinat Yisrael.” Nachum Segal’s mobile broadcast from the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliya flight to Israel captured the palpable excitement and inspiration amongst the olim. Listen to his interview with Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, OTS incoming President and Rosh HaYeshiva, …

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