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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 ahead of Rosh Hashana 5782 to talk about Rav Soloveitchik, OTS’ condensed halakhic machzor for Covid, the start of the Israeli school year, planned shofar-blowing in 230 parks across Israel, exciting new cases closed …

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Rabbanit Devorah Evron

An Opportunity to Begin Anew Rabbanit Devorah Evron is the director of OTS’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) The commandment regarding Rosh Hashanah appears several times in the Torah, yet only one account in the Tanakh (in Nehemia, chapter 8) states that it took place on the 1st of Tishrei, on Rosh …

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The Haunting Sound of the Shofar Rabbi Ari and Laura Silbermann are shlichim from OTS’s Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institute, currently serving as Rabbi and Rabbanit of Mizrachi UK in Manchester, England The piercing sound of the shofar is our way of enthroning God, and is  meant to inspire us to do teshuva (reflect on our actions, and literally, …

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Yachad: Connecting Jews to the High Holidays, their Heritage and Each Other The High Holidays are a time when Jews of all backgrounds seek meaning and opportunities to connect – even Israelis who identify as secular or who may feel alienated from synagogues and Jewish institutions they view as “religious.”  During this uniquely reflective time …

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Israelis Prepare to Celebrate the Year’s Holiest Days Under Lockdown As the pandemic in the country worsens, officials warn that new restrictions might not be enough to cut infection rates significantly. Many people question the logic and motives behind the rules. By Isabel Kershner | Sept. 18, 2020 JERUSALEM — As Israelis prepare to celebrate …

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Rabbanit Dena Freundlich Rock

The breath of life and the shofar blasts The one biblical mitzvah that characterizes Rosh Hashanah reenacts the creation of humankind, an event that occurred on this very date in history Rabbanit Dena (Freundlich) Rock teaches Talmud and Halakha at Midreshet Lindenbaum, in addition to coordinating the school’s Matmidot Scholars program. Rosh Hashanah appears to …

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How can we celebrate the upcoming holidays without breaking the lockdown? ILTV’s Aaron Poris spoke to OTS’ President and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, about the OTS condensed halakhic machzor as well as the “Shofar BaPark” inititative designed to bring the shofar to all Israelis. Tune in:  https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Your-News-From-Israel-Sep.-17-2020-nmQCDzG485A_x264-online-video-cutter.com_.mp4

Praying Like the Poor by Rabbi Shaul Robinson  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Rabbi Shaul Robinson has served as the Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue since 2005. He received rabbinic ordination from Ohr Torah Stone’s Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. We approach the Yemei HaDin and Yamim Noraim in a manner that would have …

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This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by the Charif Family of Sydney Australia in memory of Harry Sher (Hillel ben Chona) whose 23nd Yartzheit is on 2 Tishrei, 5781 Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  What is the essence of our faith, the purpose for which the Jewish people …

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Can You Hear Me? Multiple Meanings of the Sound of the Shofar Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha, Maria & Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The sound of the shofar is always shocking at first, piercing the synagogue during the month of Elul, reminding us that Rosh Hashanah is near. It seems like ages …

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