Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is Torah Content Editor at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of five books, including The Tzniyus Book. His latest work, The Taryag Companion, is available from OU Press as well as on Amazon.

Why Are We So Scared of God?

May 27, 2014, by

I’m not a big fan of the term “God-fearing.” To me, it seems misused. It’s completely backwards and it makes no sense. How so? Let’s examine. Imagine two individuals at two extremes of the religious/behavioral spectrum. One is a great, pious scholar. He studies, prays, performs acts of charity – the whole nine yards. The

Criminals in Our Midst

March 26, 2014, by

It happened again. An Orthodox Jew – a teacher and a prominent member of his community – has been accused of a particularly heinous crime. I say “accused” not because he’s an Orthodox Jew but because this is America and a person has a presumption of innocence until he’s been proven guilty. I don’t believe

When It’s Not An Accident: Self-Injury Awareness Day

February 27, 2014, by

I recently received an email informing me that Saturday, March 1, is Self Injury Awareness Day. Never having heard of such a thing, I took to the interwebs and learned that, sure enough, it is in fact a thing. I’m sorry that such a day is necessary but it is, so perhaps we should take

My Marathon Story

February 5, 2014, by

Last Sunday, I joined with Team Yachad to participate in the Miami Half-Marathon. While I was there, I met a man who was familiar with my writing from this very web site. (Gratifying though that was, any egotism it might have caused was offset by the fact that he was 15 years my senior and

Justine Has Landed But The Feathers Are Still Flying

December 24, 2013, by

In a well-known Chasidic tale, a rabbi wishes to demonstrate the consequences of lashon hara to a habitual gossip. He has the man cut open a pillow and scatter the feathers to the wind. “Now gather up every last feather,” the rabbi tells him. “That’s what it’s like trying to get back the gossip one

What Are You Talking About?

August 20, 2013, by

Not that one’s prayers are not efficacious if one doesn’t memorize them of if he doesn’t understand every word he’s saying, but wouldn’t our prayers be more meaningful to us if we knew what we were saying?