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The Goodness of God on Tisha B’Av???

We sit on the floor while listening to Megillat Eichah.  The shul’s light are dimmed.  The prayers are mournful.  The Parochet on the Aron Kodesh is missing.  Friends do not greet one another.  It is the darkest and saddest night of the Jewish year. In the middle

Tiyul to Nachal Prat

Our daily struggle at Oro Shel Adam, yeshiva for Olim, is twofold.  We start the day attempting to crack the difficult Aramaic text of the Gemara.  Reading and comprehending Talmud is no simple task. Our Olim spend the second half of the day working toward building a

Sizzling Summer in OSA

It’s been an exciting opening of the summer in Oro Shel Adam! Since Pesach we have been studying Gemara Kiddushin and laws of creating the marital bond between husband and wife.  It is an important area within Jewish law teaching us many fundamental concepts and principles.   We

Torat Chessed

We read the Book of Ruth on Chag HaShavuot.  At first glance it seems like a strange choice.  The storyline of Rut has little or nothing to do with Revelation and standing at Sinia, the main theme of the holiday.  What is the reason why the Rabbis

Oro Shel Adam Campaign link

https://www.causematch.com/en/projects/orosheladam-2018/ Give New Olim to Israel the Gifts of Torah Learning, Practical Guidance, and Support No Matter What they Need This cause is so important that a group of generous donors has agreed to match each and every dollar you donate to this campaign. That’s DOUBLE the

The Holiness of the Land

Yom Haatzmaut runs straight (at least ה’ אייר does) into Parshiyot Acharai Mot/Kedoshim that we will be reading this Shabbot.  What is the significance of reading these two Torah portions immediately following our celebration of Yom Haatzmaut? The overall theme of Acharai Mot and that of Kedoshim

Israel – Our Treasure

The focus of the third week of the Omer is the attribute of Tiferet.  Commonly translated as splendor or harmony, this midda is personified by Yaakov Avinu.  Yaakov was the “bachir haAvot” or the select individual among our exalted Avot.  He attained this status because he was

Making Seder of the Seder – Part II

After the first two cycles of questions, presenting the “gnut” or humiliation of the Exodus story, completed each time with praise of Hashem, discussed in Part I, we then come to “.והיא שעמדה” What role does והיא שעמדה play at this point? If you look closely at

Making Seder of the Seder

There has been more literature written about the Haggadah than any other Jewish text.  As much attention as the Seder receives, nonetheless, basic ideas of the overall structure of the Haggadah, specifically Maggid, remain unknown by many.  Based on the approach of Rav Reuven Taragin (a Rebbe