Orit Esther Riter was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is a caterer by profession, holding a Culinary Arts degree from the Culinary Arts Institute in New Jersey.
However, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2006, Orit’s life direction took a different course. She was forced to close her off-premise catering company which served the Tri-State area for over fifteen years. Despite her incurable illness, she found healing through spiritual empowerment.
In 2009, Orit made aliyah with her family from Monsey, New York. She began teaching emuna to others. Essentially she went from feeding the body at simchas to feeding the soul b’simcha. She nurtures herself and others by emphasizing the importance of establishing a close knit relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu. She focuses on learning and teaching the essential value of living a meaningful life with simcha.
Reflecting a common theme of the teshuva path, Orit’s path is infused with endless love to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York she attended Yeshiva of Kings Bay until 5th grade. Family reasons lead her to move to New Jersey and there she continued her schooling in a public school environment. This led her to stray from Yiddishkeit. She remained at this school for three years and then made aliyah with her mother and stepfather. After receiving her high school diploma, Orit served for 6 months in the Israeli Defense Forces, being discharged in order to get married.
Three years later she traveled back to the States, earning her dream college degree in the Culinary Arts. After working for a caterer in New York City, she boldly opened her own catering business, Kosher Designers. In order to expand marketability, she decided to run her catering business under glatt-kosher supervision. This required a full time mashgiach. In her daily interactions with Torah observant Jews, she realized the emet,beauty, meaning and purpose of a Torah life and her Jewish heritage. Her family gradually transformed from being secular and unaffiliated to that of ba’alei teshuva. Her Torah learning took precedence and focus over her success as a caterer. Orit’s path had detoured in order for her to seek out her true mission in life.
Orit currently authors daily, on-line articles and emails about emuna to a growing list of over 1,300 daily subscribers. These emails inspire others to get through challenging times by drawing from the wisdom of our Torah sages, in particular the derech of chassidut.
Having recently created an innovative “caring and listening g’mach”, Orit spreads her emuna knowledge to other women via personal email, Skype or phone by lending a compassionate ear and open heart to others in need. She provides practical coping skills for self-healing and emotional strengthening. In addition, she gives emuna lectures every week in the Beit Shemesh area and regularly around Israel. These shiurim are available for viewing on TorahAnytime.com, Dailydoseofemuna YouTube channel, Hidabrut Worldwide, Kol Halashon and on MP3 disc’s for wider exposure.
Orit’s daily efforts are based on her firm belief that it is only natural to share one’s innate gifts bestowed by HaKadosh Baruch Hu with others. She passionately believes that her ability to guide and empower others by strengthening their reliance on Hashem will fortify them with essential tools needed to live a purposeful life.
Currently, Orit Esther has five children and two grandchildren living in Israel. She lives with her husband and three younger children in Ramat Beit Shemesh.