10 Commandments Carved In Stone

What Did Yitro Hear?

Now Yitro, the priest of Midian, Moshe’s father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moshe, and for Israel His people, how that the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt (Shemot 18:1). What did he hear? R. Yehoshua says he heard about the war with Amelek…. R. Elazar Hamodai says he heard about […]

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Rabbanit Michal Tikochinsky

Women Learning Talmud

Women’s Talmud study has long become a part of our lives, a “non-issue.” What began two decades ago in only small, select circles has become a widespread phenomenon in only half a generation. This development is multifaceted. There has been a boom in numbers – the quantity of women who are exposed today to basic […]

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Planting a Young Tree

Tu Bishvat – The Festival of Eretz Israel

“Rabbi Yehuda Ben Rabbi Simon said: “[The Torah commands us to] ‘follow God your Lord’. But how is it possible for a man of flesh and blood to ‘follow’ God? … In another place the Torah commands us to ‘Cling to Him’. Yet, is it possible for a mere mortal to rise up to heaven […]

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Beit Hillel Annual Shabbaton 2013

Beit Hillel Annual Shabbaton – 5774

More than 100 rabbanim, rabbaniyot, lay leaders and their spouses joined together at Netanya’s Blue Bay Hotel on December 27-28 (Parashat Va’era) for Beit Hillel’s annual Shabbaton. Lively debate and discussion took place on hot button issues such as “Civil Marriage in the State of Israel,” “Enlistment of Women in the IDF,” “The Prevalence of […]

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Torah Reading With A Pointer

The Feminine Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh – Women’s Reward Rosh Chodesh is the time of renewal of feminine spiritual role, as is described by the Midrash: “Aharon said to himself: If I ask for silver and gold, they’ll bring it immediately. I know what I’ll tell them, “Bring me the earrings of your wives and children, and their idea […]

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Beit Hillel 2013 Review Video

Beit Hillel – 2013 in Review Video

As we come to the end of the civil calendar year of 2013, we thought it would be a good idea to look back upon the year and review our activities and accomplishments. The purpose of this is not just to “pat ourselves on the back”, but rather to check ourselves – start with our […]

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Beit Hillel in the News

Giving Tuesday 2013

THIS WEEK – A unique opportunity to support Beit Hillel’s courageous halachic leadership in Israel! This coming Tuesday, December 31, an historic event will be taking place: “Giving Tuesday Israel,” which is shaping up to be the single largest day of giving in the history of the State of Israel. On Giving Tuesday Israel, your […]

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Shmittah Yisraelit

What is “Shmittah Yisraelit”?

Since the establishment of the State of Israel, Israeli society’s exposure to the Shmittah year has generally been that of strife between rabbis and different religious philosophies. In contrast, the Shmittah Yisraelit initiative is an attempt to restore Shmittah to its intended place in society as an uplifting experience for all of the Jewish People. […]

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Jonathan Pollard

The Time Has Come to Bring Pollard Home!

Beit Hillel hereby appeals to rabbis in the United States, calling on them to join us in advocating for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard. Advocating for Pollard’s release is a humanitarian, moral, and Jewish obligation. His unjustly long punishment is deeply troubling, given the special U.S.-Israel relationship, and is unprecedented for a case involving […]

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Public Council Conference 2013

The Beit Hillel Public Council

The inaugural conference of Beit Hillel’s Public Council took place on June 27th 2013 at the Wohl Center in Bar-Ilan University. It was a very successful and inspiring event with over 150 participants representing a broad spectrum of public and rabbinic leadership. The forum discussed ways to bring about social, religious and national change. The […]

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Maariv Newspaper: Beit Hillel is one of the 10 Most Influential Organizations in Israel

This past weekend , the major Israeli newspaper Maariv listed Beit Hillel in its annual list of the 100 most inspiring individuals and organizations in Israel. Beit Hillel was named one of the 10 organizations with the most impact in the realm of Judaism. Other leading figures and organizations selected to the exclusive Maariv list […]

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The Saga of Rav Moti Elon – A Lenient Sentence Doesn’t Change Anything

The lenient sentencing handed to Rav Moti Elon must not be allowed to obscure the severity of his misdeeds. Hence, below, we reiterate the strongly-worded statement we issued in August, when he was convicted in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on two counts of indecent assault by force against a minor. We are shocked and pained […]

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