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OU Rabbinic Delegation Demonstrates Support for Israel during Ongoing Conflict

August 26, 2014, by

A group of rabbis who lead Orthodox Union – affiliated synagogues around the United States are participating in a Rabbinic Leadership Solidarity Mission to Israel that will run through Thursday, August 28. The mission is being led by Rabbi Steven Weil, OU’s senior managing director, Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of the Seymour J. Abrams

The Pro-Israel Expendables

August 26, 2014, by

Nearly 200 Hollywood actors and executives, including Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, have signed Creative Community for Peace’s pro-Israel, anti-Hamas open letter. “We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza,” the missive states. “We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict

NJ Yeshiva Student Missing in Israel

August 26, 2014, by

A vigil was held last night to pray for the safe return of Aaron Sofer, a Lakewood, NJ resident currently studying in yeshiva in Israel. According to multiple media reports, Sofer was last seen this past Friday in the Jerusalem Forest. Authorities and volunteers continue to search the area. The Sofer family has set up

Why we Want to be Here – a Message for the Jewish People from Battalion 969

August 6, 2014, by

This article originally appeared on Jpost.com. Upon learning that we would be released next week – a month after our emergency call-up to fight this war – my reserve unit drafted a petition expressing our willingness and desire to continue in this war effort and defeat those who have been murdering and terrorizing our nation.

Rabbi Noach Weinberg z”tl on Israel’s Battles

August 5, 2014, by

While the founder of Aish HaTorah gave this speech in Jerusalem years ago, it rings true today, in particular given the recent weeks of fighting in Gaza and anti-Semitic incidents in Europe and around the world:

IDF Soldier Kidnapped, Family Calls for Prayer

August 1, 2014, by

Shortly after a cease fire in Gaza commenced this morning, Hamas operatives entered Israeli territory and attacked IDF soldiers, killing two and kidnapping 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, age 23 (source: Ha’aretz). The family of Hadar is asking the Jewish community at large to recite the following chapter of Tehillim on his behalf. תהילים פרק כז

YU’s Menorah Myth Busters

July 29, 2014, by

When Yeshiva University senior Ari Rosenberg signed up for a summer school course on the Arch of Titus, he was just trying to fulfill his last history requirement with what sounded like an interesting class taught by Dr. Steven Fine, a professor who was clearly excited about his work and sharing it with his students.

Reports from Israel: The OU Solidarity Mission

July 25, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union’s Solidarity Mission to Israel, led by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Rabbi Steven Weil, was well received at the many different visits they made. Below you’ll find reports from the mission, including video and written recaps of the inspiring journey.   Video clips from the OU Solidarity Mission to Israel: Rabbi Weil

A Family That Prays Together…

July 24, 2014, by

The Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America, the National Council of Young Israel and Yeshiva University invite shuls, members, friends, students, alumni, and the entire Jewish community, to join in communal tefilah tomorrow morning, on behalf of acheinu bnei Yisrael in Israel. On Tuesday July 29, at 8:00 am, EDT, please say two chapters