Tisha b'av

  Tonight, We Don’t Learn Torah “On Tisha B’Av we are compelled to rise above any division and debate and to remember that we have a common purpose” In recent years, the “Tonight, We Don’t Learn Torah” Tisha B’Av programs have become a fixture on the Israeli landscape, as hundreds of thousands of Israelis flock …

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Tisha Be’av: Finding ourselves to find redemption – opinion The service on Tisha Be’av focuses on golah, exile, and its movement towards geulah, redemption. The difference between these two Hebrew words is one letter, aleph, for ani – me. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, July 15, 2021  In his introduction to Book of Genesis, the …

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“For these things, I do weep – על אלה אני בוכיה“ Three young souls snatched from the world too soon are commemorated through a special day of learning at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Tilles Campus Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna Tzurit Yaron was killed in a car accident in 2008 during the course of her service as a non-commissioned …

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Between “Eicha” and “Ayeka” by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander The first and central kinah said on Tisha b’Av is Megillat Eicha. The Gemara (Baba Batra 14a) refers to Megillat Eicha as the book of Lamentations, a Biblical book of which allows us to do something normally frowned upon –to question God, as it were. “Eicha, …

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Limitless Love to counter Baseless Hatred: Tisha B’Av 2017 What relevance can a fast marking the destruction of the Temple 2000 years ago possibly have for modern secular Israelis? How can one really be expected to mourn over something one has not personally loved, cherished or revered? This past Tisha B’Av, Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad …

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OTS-trained rabbis and educators currently serving communities in the Diaspora have temporarily traded in their ‘shlichlut‘ to the world for emergency ‘shlichut’ in Israel, returning home to join their comrades in Gaza. It is common for graduates of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary programs serving as rabbis and educators in Jewish communities overseas to return …

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