“Yom Yerushalayim: Uniting ‘Tel Aviv’ with ‘Jerusalem'”
Rabbi David Stav, Co-Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, notes that the cultural gulf between “the State of Tel Aviv” and “the State of Jerusalem” is a disaster for Israel. We must work “to make Jerusalem [into] a city that bridges gaps between all segments of Jewish society. Halavai that we will succeed in this crucial mission.”
“Lag Baomer: A Nation’s Spiritual Purpose and Physical Power”
It is no coincidence, says Rabbi David Stav, Co-Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, that the events celebrated on Lag Baomer – along with the date of Joshua’s conquest of Jericho, the date marking Israel’s Independence, and the date marking the re-unification of Jerusalem – occurred during the month of Iyyar. In this world, a nation’s spiritual purpose cannot be achieved if it is not combined with physical power.”
“Reclaiming Sefirat Haomer as a Window of Opportunity”
Sefirat Haomer was intended to be a type of joyful “Chol Hamoed” between Pesach and Shavuot, when we would devote ourselves to preparing for the Giving of the Torah. In this message, Rabbi David Stav, Co-Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, calls upon us to reclaim this time period as a window of opportunity for spiritual growth.
“Yom Ha’atzmaut: When the Jewish People Became a Nation Again “
Rabbi David Stav, Co-Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone, explains the essence of Yom Ha’atzmaut: “We have the privilege to live in this generation, where we see, in front of our eyes…that process that all the prophets promised us. And it is impossible for us to live in the era where these prophecies are [being] implemented, and…not…share in the joy and that happiness, of being part of that generation in which we became a nation again.”