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'Jewish education is key to the survival of the Jewish people'

New class of Ohr Torah Stone emissaries graduates in ceremony attended by Diaspora Minister, heads off to communities around the world.

'Jewish education is key to the survival of the Jewish people'

New program aims to draw more young Religious Zionists to emissary work

Initiative sends group of young men and women after national service or army to week-long immersion program volunteering in Diaspora.

New program aims to draw Religious Zionists to emissary work

High school students marry off new immigrant couple

Against all odds and across distant borders, students at the Neveh Channah high school raise funds, organize wedding for new immigrants.

High school students marry off new immigrant couple

For Ukraine refugees, 'being Jewish opens doors'

Gap year student from Boston shares thoughts upon returning from Poland, reflecting on Holocaust history and current refugees from Ukraine.

For Ukraine refugees, 'being Jewish opens doors'

On their way to independence with Darkaynu

Special needs young adults learn basic skills for independent living, gaining confidence in themselves and their own abilities.

On their way to independence with Darkaynu

Israeli delegation brings Purim joy, basic supplies, to Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Ahead of Purim holiday, Israeli delegation lands in Poland to respond to needs in refugee communities.

Israeli delegation brings Purim joy to Ukrainian refugees

Organizations to host Purim parties at over 500 locations around Israel

'Megilla in the communities' initiative brings Purim celebrations to over 550 locations.

Organizations to host over 500 Purim parties around Israel

'We're one nation, anti-Semitism doesn't differentiate between Israel and Diaspora'

European community rabbis and teachers gather to address challenges and concerns in Jewish communities.

'We're one nation, anti-Semitism doesn't differentiate'

Student: 'Planting trees empowered us to connect to the land'

Tree-planting program promotes personal growth ahead of bar mitzvah.

Student: 'Planting trees empowered us to connect to the land'

Over 100 young women celebrate completion of Talmudic tractate

Over 100 female Talmud students mark completion of Tractate Taanit in the Daf Yomi cycle.

Over 100 young women celebrate completion of Talmudic tractate

Hanukkah initiative brings holiday joy to thousands of families in Israel

‘Our Building Lights’ initiative brings holiday traditions to communities around Israel.

Hanukkah initiative brings holiday joy to thousands of families

Defense Ministry chief lauds female religious IDF soldiers

“We’re all here for the people and State of Israel," says Defense Ministry chief at Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum in Karmiel.

Defense Ministry chief lauds female religious IDF soldiers

New program brings halakhic study for women to int'l community

Ohr Torah Stone network launches an international program catering to women leaders from around the world.

New program brings halakhic study for women to int'l community

'Another feminist myth exploded' - there are more female get-refusers than male

Knesset committee on get-refusal refuses to present statistics by gender, while law continues to discriminate against male get-refusers.

'Feminist myth exploded' - more female get-refusers than male

“Shofar in The Park” redesigned to provide safe Rosh Hashanah services

Ohr Torah Stone's Yachad program and Tzohar Rabbinical Organization To Lead Hundreds of Outdoor Events Around the Country for High Holidays.

“Shofar in The Park” redesigned to provide safe Rosh Hashanah

New educational initiative aims to bridge gaps between Jewish denominations

Ohr Torah Stone launches educational initiative to expose educators and students to breadth of viewpoints in Jewish practice.

New educational initiative aims to bridge gaps between Jews

Graduation marks new class of women Halakhic leaders

Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) of the Ohr Torah Stone network commemorated the graduation of its 2021 class

Graduation marks new class of women Halakhic leaders

Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and female clergy-crossing the line

There are clear halakhic decisions against women serving as congregational rabbis. In the case described below, that has been ignored.

Israeli Modern Orthodoxy and female clergy-crossing the line

Love for Israel and true Zionism are not defined by borders

Ohr Torah Stone emissary in Scotland describes preparations there for Israel's Independence Day, & what the community has taught her. Op-ed.

True Zionism is not defined by borders

Rabbi Kenneth Brander: Helping Agunot and spreading the light of Purim

Rabbi Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, comes to the Arutz Sheva studio to discuss two important initiatives

Helping Agunot and spreading the light of Purimplayer

Ohr Torah Stone, Tzohar prepare for hundreds of Purim celebrations

400 individual megillah readings in over 200 different communities across Israel in accordance with government COVID restrictions.

Ohr Torah Stone, Tzohar prepare for Purim celebrations

Bonded in Freedom – 2 Get refusal victims find new love together

Leah and Uriel both were trapped in a failed marriage. Yad La'isha helped them gain freedom and a promise of a new life together.

Bonded in Freedom – 2 Get refusal victims find new love together

Tu B’shvat program highlights importance of Jewish Diaspora

While most Diaspora communities look to Israel for direction, one local program is looking to strengthen Diaspora Jewry.

Tu B’shvat program highlights importance of Jewish Diaspora

Int'l rabbinical emissaries conference looks ahead to 'post-Covid' Jewish world

Close to 300 rabbinical emissaries gather for virtual conference to address Covid challenges and strategize for the “post-Covid” world.

Rabbinical emissaries conference looks to 'post-Covid' world

Ohr Torah Stone launches interfaith education program

Program of Ohr Torah Stone to advance systematic approach for Orthodox Jews to learn about minorities in Israel and other faiths.

Ohr Torah Stone launches interfaith education program

Custom prayer books for shortened High Holidays service during COVID-19 crisis

Ohr Torah Stone releases special Machzorim for the upcoming High Holidays with condensed services during coronavirus pandemic.

Custom prayer books for shortened High Holidays service

Ohr Torah Stone certifies woman as "Morat Hora'ah"

Rabbanit Shira Sapir certified by institute to provide direction in matters of Halakha (Jewish Law)

Ohr Torah Stone certifies woman as "Morat Hora'ah"

Memorial dedication in memory of terror victim Dvir Sorek

Nine months after student's murder in terror attack, Ohr Torah Stone dedicates memorial area in his honor.

Dedication in memory of terror victim Dvir Sorek

Planting seeds: Changing ourselves and the world

There is a fascinating law that shares with us a difference in mindsets, a difference between Shabbat and the sabbatical year.

Planting seeds: Changing ourselves and the world

Finding light amidst the darkness

The most well known epidemic in Jewish history is the one that killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's students. Almost impossible to imagine.

Finding light amidst the darkness

From north to south, Israeli communities come together during isolation

Ohr Torah Stone initiates 'Get Through This Together' initiative, uniting families isolated due to coronavirus.

From north to south, Israelis come together during isolation

12 Jerusalem restaurants join together to raise agunot awareness

Restaurants create 'Freedom Dish' to raise awareness of women who are unable to get a divorce in partnership with Ohr Torah Stone.

12 Jerusalem restaurants join together to raise agunot awareness

17-year-old Efrat girl may be youngest woman ever to complete Daf Yomi Talmud cycle

Hila Schlakman of Efrat, senior at Ohr Torah Stone’s Neve Chana High School, began this learning cycle with her father.

17-year-old Efrat girl may be youngest ever to finish Daf Yomi

Spending the year in Israel – Our Way

Special needs students kick off the 14th year of Israel's only gap year program geared towards religious special needs students from abroad.

Spending the year in Israel – Our Way

Freed 'agunot' strengthened with songs of freedom

Former agunot who were freed from marriage strengthened in evening of communal singing.

Freed 'agunot' strengthened with songs of freedom

500th couple completes training to serve as emissaries abroad

Ohr Torah Stone awards 62 degrees in its rabbinic and emissary training programs.

500th couple completes training to serve as emissaries abroad

OTS Amiel BaKehila Program marks 50th mission to Diaspora

OTS Amiel BaKehila Program marks end of pilot year with 50th mission to the Diaspora; 150% expansion planned for coming year.

OTS Amiel BaKehila Program marks 50th mission to Diaspora

Ohr Torah Stone inaugurates Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin passes leadership of Ohr Torah Stone movement he founded to Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

Ohr Torah Stone inaugurates Rabbi Kenneth Brander

'Brushes with the Bible' - when Torah and art meet

Book launched combining sermons of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin with commentators, midrashim, interspersed with breathtaking works of art.

'Brushes with the Bible' - when Torah and art meet

A spiritual first response squad

Ohr Torah Stone bids bon voyage to 45 new emissaries at Knesset Ceremony.

A spiritual first response squad