OU Staff

Bodies of Three Israeli Teens Found: Latest Updates

June 30, 2014, by

A massive search has tragically turned to national mourning as the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’er and Naftali Frenkel were found. Statement from the RCA and the OU on the tragedy Media reports about the tragic news coming out of Israel continue to emerge – view the news sources below for the latest updates:

At Graduation, Students Have a Lesson for their JSU Rabbi

June 26, 2014, by

When Rabbi Chaim Neiditch rose to the podium to deliver the keynote speech for an Atlanta public high school at the end of May, parents in the mainly Christian South didn’t know what to expect. He was a rabbi after all; they figured perhaps he’d deliver a fire-and-brimstone exhortation or a lecture on a Biblical

Remembering Loved Ones with Some Help from NCSY

June 18, 2014, by

On the Sunday between Mother’s and Father’s Day, Holocaust survivors and their family members recalled memories of their loved ones with the help of teens from NCSY’s Jacksonville chapter (JAX). NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. As part of the “Tribute to Mothers and Fathers” program — organized by Naomi Mirensky,

Israeli Yeshiva Students Missing, Kidnapping Feared

June 13, 2014, by

Israeli media is reporting on three yeshiva students from Kfar Etzion who are missing and believed to be kidnapped by terrorists. We hope for their safe and quick return and ask the Jewish community at large to please recite Tehillim for: Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim Eyal ben Iris Teshurah

Reuven Rivlin Elected as Israel’s 10th President

June 11, 2014, by

Likud candidate Reuven Rivlin emerged victorious Tuesday from Israel’s presidential elections at the Knesset, winning the post by a 63 to 53 margin after two rounds of voting. Rivlin beat out Hatnua candidate Meir Sheetrit, a veteran MK from the center of the political spectrum. He will take over the office of the president after

The Meaning and Symbolism of Tekhelet

June 11, 2014, by

This week’s parsha—Shelach—contains the third paragraph of Kriyat Shema, which discusses the commandment to attach tzitzit to four-cornered garments. The pasuk states: “And they shall place upon the tsitsit of each corner a thread of tekhelet… And you shall see it and remember all of the commandments of Hashem and you shall do them.” Until

Hundreds March with the OU at Celebrate Israel Parade

June 2, 2014, by

Clear blue skies provided the perfect backdrop as hundreds turned out to march up Fifth Avenue with the Orthodox Union and its NCSY and Yachad divisions in New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel parade. View the photos: Post by Orthodox Union.

Shavuot Delights: Recipes from Dairy Made Easy

May 27, 2014, by

Just in time for shavuot comes the latest in the Made Easy series from authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Discover easy-to-prep dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. From a 30-Minute Thin Crust Pizza to a Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, your milchig recipe arsenal just received a welcome boost. Here are a couple of

Why I Like Writing About Older Jewish Singles

May 22, 2014, by

An Interview with Ruchama King Feuerman Ruchama King Feuerman is the author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, which was published by the New York Review of Books to critical acclaim. She lives in Passaic, NJ, with her husband, Simon Yisrael Feuerman, a psychotherapist and essayist, and their four children. Her first novel, Seven

Superheroes Without Capes

May 21, 2014, by

The JLIC Couple Bringing Orthodoxy to Life at Queens College Rabbi Robby and Shoshana Charnoff have a rule: dinner at six o’clock at their attached house located 15 minutes away from the Queens College campus; otherwise the two won’t see each other. Frequently dinner doesn’t start on time as they are met on their way