shavuot
Rabbanit Tzivia Kusminsky

The Chain of Torah transmission and its implications today Tzivia Kusminsky, Director of Latin America and Poland for the OTS Amiel BaKehila program The festival of Shavuot has several names, among them “The feast of the receipt of the Torah”, given that on that day, after the exodus from Egypt, Israel received this important compendium of …

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Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz

Faith and Kindness Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz, Senior Rabbinic International Educator and Director of OTS’s OMEK program I have always wondered why it is that of all the Megilot – Scrolls that we read, on Shavuot we read the book of Ruth. Yes, it is true that, as the midrash points out, this is a narrative of …

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Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

Law and Lyrics: The Challenge of Shavuot Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, Director of Training and Placement for OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Programs The events of Shavuot, receiving the Torah and it’s Jewish lifestyle, was probably the most severe “life-change” ever to take place to an entire nation: from eating anything [except a limb from a …

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Can you recite all Ten Commandments? How do they impact on your daily life? These are some of the questions that OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity posed to Israelis of all ages and backgrounds during the week preceding the Festival of Shavuot and on Shavuot night itself. The activities were part of a nationwide initiative …

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Shavuot Rabbi David Stav   One of the enigmas with which our Sages struggled is the meaning behind where the Torah was given. A desert can provide an awe-inspiring backdrop, but it is usually far away from inhabited areas and the water so sorely needed by those who wander within it. Wouldn’t it have been more …

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel; say to them, may the Lord bless you and keep you…’” (Numbers 6:22-27) There are very few passages of the Bible which are …

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel; say to them, may the Lord bless you and keep you…’” (Numbers 6:22-27) There are very few passages of the Bible which are …

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)/ Shavuot  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Scroll of Ruth contains one of the most idyllic stories in the Bible, a tale of “autumnal love” between a widow (Ruth) and a widower (Boaz), within the backdrop of diaspora intermarriage, conversion to Judaism, and the agricultural life in ancient Israel.  The …

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)/ Shavuot  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Scroll of Ruth contains one of the most idyllic stories in the Bible, a tale of “autumnal love” between a widow (Ruth) and a widower (Boaz), within the backdrop of diaspora intermarriage, conversion to Judaism, and the agricultural life in ancient Israel.  The …

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