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Can a person in home-quarantine read the megillah via Skype?

Can a person in home-quarantine read the megillah via Skype? As coronavirus places people in isolation, rabbis grapple with how to help their communities fulfil Torah commandments By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN  | MARCH 5, 2020 As the coronavirus spreads across the world, requiring people of all faiths and nationalities to enter quarantine, rabbis are starting to address the practical …

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Italy: Communal prayer becomes prohibited in some areas

Italy: Communal prayer becomes prohibited in some areas Italian Jewish life in danger as result of COVID-19 spread, following new government ban on gatherings in some areas, including religious. Mordechai Sones | Arutz 7 | 25/02/20 New regulations issued by the Italian Health Ministry following fear of COVID-19 spread are causing concern in Jewish communities …

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‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’

Paula kissing a mezuza

‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’ Paula delved into Christianity and monasteries were her refuge during the Holocaust. But now, at 94, she’s decided that when she dies, she wants her death to be a Jewish one. by  Moshe Weisstuch | Israel HaYom | November 12, 2019 …

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“You walk around freely with your kippa on?”

Rabbi Uzi Levian of Gothenburg Sweden

“You walk around freely with your kippa on?” Oped by Rabbi Uzi Levian | October 31, 2019 On the night of Yom Kippur, following a moving prayer service and a reunion with Gothenburg’s Jewish members, some of whom I had last seen exactly a year before, we walked out of our community building and headed …

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Portuguese Town to get Country’s first Eruv in 500 Years

Putting up the eiruv in Portugal

Portuguese Town to get Country’s first Eruv in 500 Years The eruv is due to be completed on Monday and will be fit for use this coming Shabbat. By Jeremy Sharon | 28 October, 2019 For the first time in more than half a millennium, an eruv, or Shabbat boundary, has been constructed in for the …

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From Israel with Love

Professor Sergio della Pergola

From Israel with Love OTS Amiel BaKehila launches a new year of increased activity with symposium for mission delegates. Rabbi Kenneth Brander: “”All of you represent a new paradigm, a new phenomenon: that Diaspora Jewry can be influenced and inspired by its brothers and sisters in Israel – and vice versa.” A symposium on the …

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A Sense of Responsibility

“Why go out on shlichut?” asked Shiran and Yoni Dreyer, an OTS-trained educator couple recently placed in Omaha, Nebraska.  “That’s a question we found ourselves pondering often over the course of our training. “Every generation has its challenge, every generation needs people with vision and ideology, people who will act, do and aspire for good,” …

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Indonesia’s small but determined Jewish community

Tikva and Daniel

Indonesia’s small but determined Jewish community The Jews of the largest Muslim country are descended from those who fled forced conversion in Peru; they number in the scant hundreds and practice their faith in secret, but now they have the support of Jewish organizations abroad – and two of them have even dared to visit …

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“I am the ‘other'”

Yom Iyun

“I am the ‘other’” “We’ve all felt at some point or another in our lives that we do not belong,” says Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of the Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs. “As educational and spiritual leaders, we can tap into those awkward and painful feelings of being different to better understand our …

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Celebrating 20 Years of Emissary Activity

Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel graduation at the Knesset

Rabbinical Emissary Program to Diaspora Celebrates 20 Years of Work The program, an initiative of the Ohr Torah Stone network of institutions, began in 1999 with the goal of providing Jewish communities in the Diaspora with rabbis and teachers to bolster Jewish life. By Jeremy Sharon | May 15, 2019 Some 90 Jewish communities across …

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Training for emissaries… and their parents

Training parents of shlichim

For the first time in Israel: Training for the parents of shlichim as well  After 20 years of training shlichim to serve in Jewish communities in the Diaspora, Ohr Torah’s Straus-Amiel institute decided that the time has come for the parents of emissaries to get involved too Arutz 7 | 3 February 2019 (Translated from …

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