Rabbi Kenneth Brander
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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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OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander joined Nachum Segal on NSN’s “JM in the AM” radio show on May 15th. Rabbi Brander updated Nachum on the plethora of OTS activities which are making an indelible impact on Jewish communities in Israel and around the world, including OTS’s innovative initiatives on behalf of unaffiliated …

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Attaining Modern Day Redemption Rabbi Kenneth Brander | May 6, 2019 While still a student at Yeshiva University, I was asked by the family of Rabbi Soloveitchik z”l, to serve with a small group of students as one of the Rav’s student aides. It was our sacred privilege to assist Rabbi Soloveitchik during his two …

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Reviewing the 1402 manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah at the Jewish Museum of Venice

Meeting Maimonides and his Censor in Venice Rabbi Kenneth Brander | March 29, 2019 “Here we are at a conference in Venice composing a new song in the same place where Jewish books were burned 451 years ago.” I write this at the conclusion of an energizing three-day conference in Venice, Italy in which nearly 50 …

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OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander was a guest on the Nachum Segal Network’s “JM in the AM” radio show on February 19th. Rabbi Brander spoke live from an OTS conference in Cancun, Mexico for Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel shlichim serving communities in North, Central and South America. Rabbi Brander also expounded upon an …

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