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Ohr Somayach is proud to announce a new series on the Ohr Somayach Podcast Network:
“The History of the Baal Teshuva Movement” as told by Rabbi Nota Schiller, Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Somayach.
From the Brooklyn streets of Brownsville and East Flatbush in the 1940’s, a 10 year old public school boy immersed in stickball, basketball and with dreams of becoming a shortstop for his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers, enters a fledgling yeshiva katana eager for new students. While his generation is leaving Orthodoxy in droves, his loving rebbeim ignite a spark within him that grows in intensity as he progresses in his learning at Yeshivas Chaim Berlin, under the tutelage of HaRav Hutner and in Ner Yisroel Yeshiva under his rebbe, Rav Yaacov Weinberg. After his marriage, the young Rabbi Nota Schiller, moves to Eretz Yisroel to continue his learning in Rav Mordechai Elefant’s Itri Yeshiva in Jerusalem. After a “chance” meeting with two secular, very bright young brothers (one a student at Harvard the other at Columbia), who are in Israel for a year on a secular Zionist study program, he and his chavrusah, Rabbi Noach Weinberg, make a decision that will change the Jewish World. They’ll start a yeshiva for young Jewish men with limited or no background in traditional Jewish learning. Despite a promising start and the strong encouragement of the Poseik Hador, Rav Yosef Elyashiv, they suffer a number of financial setbacks from a skeptical Orthodox Jewish World, which has almost given up hope of a revival of Halachic Jewry and they’re forced to close. But, after a few years of indefatigable fundraising efforts, they manage to convince a few visionary philanthropists to share their dream and initially fund their enterprise.
With just a handful of eager students and a passionate and stellar rabbinic staff they launch what will become the forefather of the Baal Teshuvah Movement that will sweep the Jewish World and change it forever.
The Ohr Somayach Podcast featuring some of the most experienced personalities in Jewish outreach today, from Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem.
Yeshivas Ohr Somayach located in the heart of Jerusalem, is an educational institution for young Jewish English-speaking men. We have a range of classes and programs designed for the intellectually curious and academically inclined - for those with no background in Jewish learning to those who are proficient in Gemara and other original source material.
To find the perfect program for you, please visit our website https://ohr.edu/study_in_israel or call our placement specialist at 1-254-981-0133 today!
(Production by Zevi Kaufman @CedarMediaStudios Podcasting)
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