Rabbi Ilay Ofran in Yisrael Hayom on the events of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv – and how we move forward from here.

September 27, 2023

Tel Aviv - YK“There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who walk into a dirty room and ask, ‘who made this mess? And there are those who who ask, ‘where is the broom?’ The difference between them is the difference between placing blame and taking responsibility.”

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Photograph of Rabbi Ilay Ofran. Image of a man from the chest up directly facing the camera. He has sandy toned skin, very short, frizzy, dark brown hair, stubble, dark eyes and is smiling toothily at the camera. He is wearing rimless rectangular glasses with blue frames, a dark grey fleece jacket that is zipped up to mid chest, and a light blue button-down shirt. The background is blurry and is of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale's aron cover. It is a navy blue fabric with various designs on different colored cloth squares. The designs are hard to make out but from left to right the top row is yellow, orange, lime green, dusty brown, the second row is, sandy, purple, red, orange, the third row is, pink, orange, lime green, purple and the last visible square on the bottom right it pink.Rabbi Ofran is the Rav of Kvutzat Yavneh and Director of YCT’s Rikmah Fellowship for Israeli Rabbanim and Rabbaniyot.

Poster for YCT's Sukkot Torah Reader. Image with a mostly white background with YCT's dandelion pattern in faded purplish grey on the bottom. The pattern is 13 circles of varying size with a line of the same color attached to each of the two middle circles on the bottom. In the middle of the poster in large indigo block letters it says "YCT Sukkot" followed by "Torah Reader" below. Underneath, seperated into two rows, it says "September 2023" and "Tishrei 5784". On the top of the poster are 8 etrogs. 5 are at the top and are cut-off by the top of the poster. The 3 below them are whole with the left one mostly horizontal and the other two angled towards each other forming an angle. All the etrogs are a vibrant yellow, the two on the bottom right have small green stems and the other etrogs are shining with reflected light. On the bottom right corner is the YCT logo. The left half of the logo is a circular radius of 54 circles moving out from the center. 27of the circles are radiating outward directly from the middle by attached lines (one per circle). All of the circles in the radius vary in size from significantly smaller to slightly larger then the average circle in the image. The center of the symbol and where the circles are radiating out from is a empty space in the shape of an implied circle (to match the shape of the radius but much smaller). The circles and lines fade in color from indigo blue on the top left, they then become a dark bluish-purple followed by a brighter indigo purple on the middle right and then a light blue at the upper right. The light blue section is disconnected and further towards the top right corner away from the rest of the image. There are 3 circles with attached lines in that corner and the two closest to the corner have there lines overlapping. The rest of the radius is made up of a repeating pattern of circles with 3 circles with attached lines followed by a larger line connected to a circle touching the edge of the radius. This pattern repeats 5 times and ends with the disconnected section that is then followed by one short line attached to a circle and one long one. On the right half of the logo, in indigo blue bubble letters are the letters "YCT". Below YCT are light blue block letters that says "VIBRANT TORAH" and below that in the same color and font is "LEADERSHIP". Underneath the light blue letters are the words "ישיבת חובבי תורה" in blue indigo block letters.Sukkot 5784 Torah Reader
Israeli Flag. Image of an Israeli flag curled from flapping in the wind. The flag is a white horizontal rectangle with a blue horizontal stripe on the top and bottom and a blue Magen David in the middle.We will get through this stronger, together. A personal message from Rabbi Linzer.