On Tuesday evening, December 10, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, Ohr Torah Stone (OTS) celebrates the lifetime achievement of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin by completing, dedicating, and dancing with the sefer Torah that is being written in his honor. Renowned singer and performer Eitan Katz and his band will further enhance the air of celebration at the OTS 2019 Annual Dinner.
“Founder and Chancellor Emeritus Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin’s contributions to Israel and world Jewry over the course of the past five decades have been instrumental in shaping today’s Orthodox society,” said president and rosh ha’yeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander. “We are building upon the foundation that he has prepared for us.”
For more than half a century, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin has been one of the Jewish people’s most articulate and beloved spokespeople for a Judaism of warmth and inclusion, vibrancy and renewal. This is reflected in his Torah teachings, his enormous influence on the global Jewish outreach movement, his founding leadership of Manhattan’s famed Lincoln Square Synagogue, his historic activism on behalf of Soviet Jewry, his decades of religious and legal battling on behalf of agunot, his visionary leadership as the founding chief rabbi of Efrat, and his herculean role as the founder and chief architect of the international Ohr Torah Stone network. His entire life has been dedicated to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. For those who know and love him, Rabbi Riskin is best described as a living sefer Torah — which is why OTS has chosen to celebrate him through a sefer Torah dedication.
“I am extremely humbled and moved that students, friends, and supporters of Ohr Torah Stone have partnered in this wonderful gift of a sefer Torah in my honor. I have always viewed my positions of rabbi and rosh yeshiva as a privilege, as well as a responsibility, to impart our sacred Torah to the next generation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening to the Torah that I have taught over the years, and for working together to give overlooked or marginalized populations a chance to learn and teach their Torah as well, thus enriching us all and bringing the entire Jewish nation closer to G-d,” said Rabbi Riskin.
Rabbi Riskin and his wife, Vicky, made aliyah together in 1983 as they had promised each other they would shortly after their marriage. He became the founding rabbi of the city of Efrat and at the same time founded Ohr Torah Stone, which has flourished into a Modern Orthodox network of 27 institutions which are transforming Jewish life, learning, and leadership worldwide. The network champions academic excellence and creative scholarship infused with intellectual openness and a deep sensitivity to contemporary concerns. It is creating the next generation of Modern Orthodox leaders and training them on how to deal with cutting-edge issues that impact the global Jewish community.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit OTS.org.il or call 212-935-8675.