Machon Milton

We recently reviewed the movie Converts: The Journey of Becoming Jewish, a Holyland Productions film, which follows several non-Jews from around the world as they go through the conversion process. Our review, however, is incomplete without a piece by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks, the director of...

Samuel Devasahayam was the founder of the Zion Torah Center in Erode, India. He was a courageous, G-d-fearing man, who left a huge hole in a community when he tragically passed away in 2018. His wife, Anne, has continued with the legacy he left, on...

By: Rav Elisha Salas - [Rav Salas was an emissary for Shavei Israel, serving as community rabbi in Portugal, Spain and Central America between the years of 2003-2019] Avraham is a character in the Bible. His life and work are narrated in the book of Genesis, whose...

Yonatan, 26, from Canada, has been a student of ours at Machon Milton, an English-language conversion institute, in partnership with the Rabbinical Council of America. He recently completed his conversion and was happy to write about his experience:  "I came in contact with Shavei Israel about...

Machon Milton is an English language Conversion Preparation Course in Jerusalem, Israel.  It is under the auspices of the Rabbinical Council of America in partnership with Shavei Israel. Students in the course spend a year studying Judaism, learning about Jewish practices and experiencing the complete...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Day 1. The Torah reading for the first day is Genesis, Chapter 21, v. 1-34. This chapter describes the birth of Yitzchak, the insistence of Sarah to send Yishmael away, and Hagar and Yishmael’s near death in the desert before being saved. It...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks In the march to the land of Israel, leadership has transitioned to the new generation. Elazar has replaced Aharon. Yehoshua has been appointed successor to Moshe. There has been military success, with the surrounding nations showing deference and fear of the success...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Bamidbar25:10-26:4) Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aharon halted the plague. He will merit the covenant of peace, of priesthood. Those killed by him were Zimri, the prince of a family of Shimon and Kozbi, the daughter of a prince...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Bamidbar 19:1-17) Para Aduma: This is the Torah law. Elazar the Cohen shall remove from the camp an unblemished red heifer that has never worked. It is burnt. Cedar, hyssop and red thread shall be burnt with it. The Cohanim...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The story of the rebellion of Korach parallels the story of the spies from last week. Both are a rejection of the Divine, albeit in the rough and tumble of human dynamics. In the sin of the spies, although G-d promised the...