Toldos Yeshurun is a Non-Profit organization for Jews from the former USSR. It was founded by Rabbi Yitzchok Zilber, leader of the Russian baal teshuvah movement and often called "the father of Russian Jewry", in 2000 with the support of Rabbi Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky. Since the death of Rabbi Yitzchak Zilber in 2003, the organization is headed by his son, Rabbi Ben Tzion Zilber.
Jews or Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group and a nation, originating from the Israelites and Hebrews of historical Israel and Judah. Jewish ethnicity, nationhood, and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism is the traditional faith of the Jewish people, while its observance varies from strict observance to complete nonobservance.
In Judaism, a rabbi is a teacher of Torah. The basic form of the rabbi developed in the Pharisaic and Talmudic era, when learned teachers assembled to codify Judaism's written and oral laws. The first sage for whom the Mishnah uses the title of rabbi was Yohanan ben Zakkai, active in the early-to-mid first century CE. In more recent centuries, the duties of a rabbi became increasingly influenced by the duties of the Protestant Christian minister, hence the title "pulpit rabbis", and in 19th-century Germany and the United States rabbinic activities including sermons, pastoral counseling, and representing the community to the outside, all increased in importance.
Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef Zilber (1917–2004) was a Russian, later Israeli Haredi rabbi and a leader of the Russian baal teshuva movement.
The organization's goal is to provide secular Russian Jews with a Jewish education and bring them to Jewish observance.
The organization's activities take place mainly in Israel. Toldos Yeshurun also sends lecturers and printed materials to the countries of the former Soviet Union, the United States and Europe.
The Soviet Union, officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 30 December 1922 to 26 December 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was a one-party state, governed by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Other major urban centres were Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Alma-Ata, and Novosibirsk.
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Toldos Yeshurun yeshiva for Russian-speaking baalei teshuvah in Jerusalem
Kollel in Jerusalem for young married Russian-speaking baalei teshuvah
Kollel for Halachic Studies in Jerusalem for very advanced young community leaders to educate them into leaders of the Russian-speaking religious community
Chavruta program (evening kollel program) for new immigrants from the former Soviet Union who pair up with avreichim (young married men in full-time learning) for one-on-one Torah study in over 70 places all over Israel, including all major cities with a large Russian population. Currently, about 350 such teachers teach about 2,000 immigrants.
Eishet Chayil, network of classes for women, under the leadership of Chava Kuperman, daughter of Rabbi Yitzchak Zilber
The Russian-language website http://www.toldot.ru that features a large database of articles on a vast array of topics in Jewish religion, as well as audio and video materials Talmud online, an online learning program via Skype for those who cannot attend live classes and study programs
Russian Jewish Matchmaking Network
Toldot Publications publishes books, periodicals and multimedia materials such as audio and video classes in Russian language
Toldos Yeshurun Yeshiva is an educational institution for Russian-speaking baalei teshuva in Jerusalem. The yeshiva is located inside the Mir yeshiva, and avreichim from the Mir teach the yeshiva's students on a regular basis.
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Yitzchak Ginsburgh is an American-born Israeli rabbi affiliated with the Chabad movement. He is regarded as one of Chabad's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism. He is the leader of the Derech Chaim Movement and founder of the Gal Einai Institute, which publishes his written works. His students include Charedim, religious Zionists, and Chabad Chassidim, as well as ba'alei teshuvah. He is currently the president of a number of educational institutions, including the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the settlement of Yitzhar in the West Bank. Ginsburgh has a unique teaching style, and has lectured in various countries, and throughout Israel. His teachings cover a wide range of subjects, including science, psychology, marital harmony and monarchy in Israel. He has published over 100 books in Hebrew and English, most of which are edited by his students.
WebYeshiva.org is the first online yeshiva and midrasha. It was founded in November 2007 by Rabbi Chaim Brovender. WebYeshiva offers live and fully interactive courses for students who want to study Torah, including classes in Gemara, Tanach, Halacha, Chassidut, and Machshava and some in different languages. All classes are recorded and archived within 24 hours.
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Isaac Stollman was a noted rabbi, author and religious Zionist leader. He was born in Russia in 1897. He studied at some of the most prominent Yeshivos including the Yeshiva of the Chofetz Chaim in Radin, the Slobodka yeshiva, and the Novardok yeshiva. He received rabbinical ordination from Shimon Shkop, Moshe Mordechai Epstein and others. In 1924, he immigrated to the United States where he served as rabbi in Detroit, Michigan. In 1925 he became rabbi of the Mishkan Israel synagogue. In Detroit he was active in many areas of Jewish life. He served as leader of Young Israel, the Stoliner Synagogue, the Beth Yehudah school, the Jewish Community Council, and was also on the board of the Jewish Federation. In 1957, having served as vice-president of Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi of America for years, he was elected president of that organization, re-elected in 1959, and remained in that position till 1960. He was the president of the Detroit Rabbinical Council and the author of the acclaimed Minchas Yitzchak on the Pentateuch. Upon Stollman's death in 1980, Emanuel Rackman representing Bar-Ilan University referred to Rabbi Stollman as a "distinguished Rabbi and scholar and outstanding Religious Zionist leader". Rabbi Norman Lamm representing Yeshiva University referred to Stollman as "an outstanding scholar and Zionist."
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