Parsha in the Shadow of War – Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Parshat Ki Tisa: Writing a New Torah

This week’s parsha is dedicated to the רפואה שלמה – full and speedy recovery – of Ari Spitz (Moshe Aaron ben Leah Beilah), who was wounded in battle in Gaza.  Parshat Ki Tisa: Writing a New Torah Rabbi Dr. Kenneth

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Parshat Tetzaveh: The Unity of the Gemstones

Parshat Tetzaveh: The Unity of the Gemstones Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Upon the heart of the Kohen Gadol, the high priest, lay the Choshen, displaying twelve gemstones meant to represent each

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Parshat Teruma: God Dwells Within Us

Parshat Teruma: God Dwells Within Us Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Weeks have turned to months and while we have been blessed with the release of two of the  hostages, too many

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Parshat Mishpatim: Civil Society and Har Sinai

Parshat Mishpatim: Civil Society and Har Sinai Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone After the high of Parshat Yitro featuring the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai as all the mountains quaked

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Parshat Yitro: Hearing All The Sounds

This week’s parsha is dedicated in memory of Warrant Officer (res.) Yuval Nir z”l,  and Major (res.) Yitzhar Hofman z”l, beloved alumni of OTS’s Neveh Shmuel high school, and all of the IDF heroes who fell in Gaza this week while

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Parshat Beshalach:  The Long And Winding Road

This week’s parsha is dedicated in memory of Captain (res.) Ariel Wollfstal z”l, beloved alumnus of OTS’s Derech Avot high school, and all the IDF heroes who fell in Gaza this week while protecting our people and our land. Our

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Parshat Bo: Reliving Parshat Bo in Gaza

Parshat Bo: Reliving Parshat Bo in Gaza Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone As the Jewish people take their first steps as free people out of Egypt on their journey to the promised

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Parshat Shemot: The Making of Moshe

Parshat Shemot: The Making of Moshe Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Leadership comes with a backstory. Moshe doesn’t simply emerge from the woodwork and save the Jewish people. Parshat Shemot tells the

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Parshat Vayechi: Our Heroes Never Perish

Parshat Vayechi: Our Heroes Never Perish Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone After blessing all his sons and instructing them once more to return his remains to the land of Israel, our forefather

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Parshat Vayigash: Letting the Tears Flow

Parshat Vayigash: Letting the Tears Flow Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Throughout Yosef’s story, he cries. At numerous junctures and inflection points in the narrative, Yosef is suddenly brought to tears. As

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Parshat Miketz: Many Tribes, One Family

Parshat Miketz: Many Tribes, One Family Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone Not one sibling relationship in the Torah had yet been successful. Kayin and Hevel, Yitzhak and Yishmael, Yaakov and Eisav –

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