Michael Orbach

Michael Orbach is a staff writer of the Orthodox Union and ou.org.

Confessions of a Shomer Shabbat Hollywood Screenwriter Part 2

January 15, 2014, by

In the most recent issue of Jewish Action magazine, Robert J. Avrech penned an article about what it’s like to be a successful Shomer Shabbos screenwriter in the bowels of Hollywood. He spoke about his article — and his new e-book describing his love affair with his wife, whom he met as a fourth grader in

The Sights and Sounds of NCSY’s Yarchei Kallah

January 9, 2014, by

In the Stamford Hilton’s ballroom — now transformed into a rather crowded shul — NCSY advisor Ayelet Roller led a discussion about the story of the Tower of Babel. Why, she asked, did Hashem, in the words of the parsha, “come down” to the people building the tower? The seven teens who surrounded her tossed

The President and His Rabbi: New Book Shines Light On Friendship Between President Bill Clinton and OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack

December 2, 2013, by

When his Republican opponents accused President Bill Clinton of flip-flopping between political positions he found solace in an unlikely place. It was a dvar Torah sent to him by Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division and the rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Englewood, NJ. In the note, Rabbi Genack laid


November 7, 2013, by

Eli Lansey is planning on deep-frying brussel sprouts, stuffing his turkey with latkes and baking cranberry sufganiyot. Yes, Thanksgivukkah, the once-in-a-great-while confluence of the first day of Chanukah and Thanksgiving, is upon us. Lansey, a physicist and graduate of Yeshiva University, was the first to point out the rare meeting of the two holidays way back

Reddit Posts Random Kiddush Hashem Photograph

November 6, 2013, by

Ever fall asleep on a subway train? The user who snapped the photograph explained. “Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young black guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he

An Interview with Dara Horn

October 16, 2013, by

Dara Horn sits down with OU.org to discuss her latest book, her thoughts on the Biblical story of Joseph and her thoughts about a world in which nothing is forgotten.