shavuot

Is Rut Really a Role Model? By Rabbanit Dena Freundlich, Ram’it in the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The Question About a year ago, a Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna (Sarah Cabot, ML 5778) posed a thought-provoking question to me over WhatsApp about the character of Rut.  Her query unsettled me because it hit …

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Rabbi Kenneth Brander

The Second Tablets and the Role of Divine Intervention in the Halachic Process Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander Shavuot celebrates a foundational event in Jewish history, the day that God gave the law to the Jewish people. In this lesson, we will investigate God’s role in the halachic (legal) process after the giving of the Torah. To begin, …

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Shabbat Shalom: Shavuot By 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 inter-marriage, conversion to Judaism, and the agricultural life in ancient Israel.  The Rabbinic Sages …

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24-hour learnathon in honor of Rabbi Riskin Ohr Torah Stone (OTS) – the network of educational and social institutions Riskin founded in 1983 – is hosting the learnathon. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF | May 21, 2020 A 24-hour non-stop global Torah online learning session will take place ahead of Shavuot next week in honor of …

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Rabbi Shlomo Vilk

What we really received at Sinai Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, Rosh Yeshiva of the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva 7 June, 2019 Nobody knows precisely what was uttered at Sinai; our Sages and scholars over the generations have offered numerous hypotheses: beginning with the notion that condenses the revelation to the single Hebrew letter of …

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Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval

Ruth and the Hollywood Ending The story of Ruth, as is, does not furnish the stuff for romantic Hollywood films, teaching instead about a building an enduring relationship. Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval is a fellow at the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum, a division of the Ohr Torah Stone network. Typical …

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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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