Unity

Baseless Hatred to Baseless Love

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From Baseless Hatred to Baseless Love The Yachad Program for Jewish Identity operated meaningful Tisha B’Av programming throughout Israel designed to bring contemporary relevance to a seemingly archaic Jewish observance As Israel prepares for its second round of elections, it seems that hatred, stereotypes, and rifts among different segments of the population have never been …

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Opening the Window to Spirituality

Kabbalat Shabbat 2019

Opening the Window to Spirituality Shabbat in Israeli society is often viewed as a day of conflict, not a day of rest. The perception amongst many secular Israelis is that the religious are unwilling to allow any public transport or the opening of any public places of entertainment, thereby forcing many people to stay at …

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“Hatred can be defeated by unity and mutual responsibility”

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Ohr Torah Stone expresses heartfelt condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert Kaye, murdered in yesterday’s attack on the Chabad of Poway while heroically shielding and saving the life of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. Our thoughts and prayers are with the three injured victims and with all of our brothers and sisters in Poway at this …

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How was this Pesach Different?

How was this Pesach Different? For generations of Jewish children, one of the highlights of the Pesach Seder has been standing on a chair and reciting the Four Questions. And yet – in the Jewish state of Israel – the concept of the Ma Nishtana does not ring a bell with many young children from …

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Yachad Jewish Identity Coordinators: “Go, gather all the Jews…”

“Go, gather together all the Jews…” (Megillat Esther, 7:16) – Celebrating Purim Together Though gourmet Hamantaschen make their appearance in the trendiest Israeli bakeries and everyone dresses up for the holiday, Purim for many Israelis has little meaning beyond face-painting or getting intoxicated. How can we connect Israelis with no interest in the synagogue to the …

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A Thousand Words – October 29, 2018

Neveh Channa solidarity with Pittsburgh

Hundreds of OTS students sent love, hope and support to their brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, PA, following the murderous attack on the Tree of Life synagogue on Shabbat Parshat Vayera.  Students across the network also said Tehillim and held special study sessions for the wounded.  Pictured: OTS Neveh Channah students display unity and support …

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If These Pages Could Talk

If These Pages Could Talk Rabbi Kenneth Brander 27/07/2018 A number of years ago, my parents began preparing to leave the home they’d lived in for decades. But at a certain point, my siblings and I realized that nothing was being packed. My father would open a drawer, look at what was inside, and a groundswell …

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Our Hearts will Continue to Beat as One

Following the recent terror events in the region, approximately 2,000 youth from Gush Etzion formed a human chain this morning with the help and cooperation of the Gush Etzion Community Council. The human chain, which began at Gush Etzion Junction and ended at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, passed by the bus station where Dalia Lemkus hy”d was murdered last week, …

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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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