OU Staff

Secret to a Happy Marriage? Prepare for the Worst

February 3, 2014, by

Three Orthodox Union member congregations in St. Louis recently hosted a post-nuptial agreement signing. More than 40 couples signed halachic documents designed to prevent the wives from becoming agunot, chained women, in the event of divorce. “The St. Louis community is to be commended for raising awareness of the importance of both halachic pre-nuptial agreements,

Making College a Kosher Experience

January 28, 2014, by

OU’s Heart to Heart Spotlighted in Tablet Magazine A story in Tablet Magazine about available kosher meal options on college campuses begins with the infamous kosher toaster story of Harvard University (which led to perhaps the Harvard Crimson’s best headline: “Students Support Kosher Toaster”). The article documents the rise of kosher cuisine on campus and

The OU Mourns the Passing of Ariel Sharon

January 12, 2014, by

When Ariel Sharon a”h suffered a debilitating stroke eight years ago, few expected him to live. The strength that he showed to survive, even in the face of mortal illness, duplicated the strength he displayed as a warrior, a politician and a statesman. Israel’s divinely-ordained survival in the Yom Kippur War played out in great

Searching for God at Trader Joe’s

November 21, 2013, by

Rabbi Daniel Cohen ventures to Trader Joe’s in Stamford Ct to find out what we are all grateful for this Thanksgiving. Rabbi Daniel Cohen is the senior rabbi of OU member synagogue Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT.

Guide to Keeping Kosher in Israel

November 20, 2013, by

Planning a trip to Israel? Check out the OU Kosher Israel Guide, a joint effort of the OU Israel Center and OU Kosher. Both organizations understand the complexities of kashrut in Israel. It is important to be aware that there are more aspects to kosher food in Israel than there are elsewhere. The OU Kosher Israel Guide discusses a variety of subjects of interest: what is

New Resource for Jewish Genetic Information Launched – GeneSights.com

November 13, 2013, by

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, recently launched a new online educational resource called the GeneSights Jewish Genetics Online Educational Series, to educate people about the various genetic health conditions that affect the Jewish community. The website, www.genesights.com, is free to registered

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

November 11, 2013, by

Donate now The scope of the post-Typhoon Haiyan catastrophe in the Philippines continues to grow as fresh reports come in of massive loss of life and unimaginable devastation. Evan as our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been so terribly affected, there is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance and the financial means to provide it. You

Working and Guarding

September 24, 2013, by

The message of Bereishit is profound. Man is given a creative role, a unique ability, above all other creatures, to enter into a partnership in creation – as junior partners, to be sure, but partners nonetheless. We are entrusted beyond the role of watchman over someone else’s assets; we are commanded to expand and grow those assets, to improve the partnership’s holdings, to explore and take a degree of control over the partnership’s resources, for our own benefit.