Tisha b'av

“For these things, I do weep”

Rabbi Brander speaking

“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”


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

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 Emissaries: Responsibility to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael

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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