Beit Shemesh in Turmoil: Where Do We Go From Here?

January 5, 2012, by

Steve Savitsky talks with Rabbi Avi Berman, director of The OU Israel Center, and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, about the Beit Shemesh events that are on the minds and lips of Jews and non-Jews everywhere.

Meet NCSY’s New Teen President

October 30, 2011, by

After being involved in NCSY since fifth grade, it is no surprise that Judah Joseph has been named NCSY’s 2011-2012 International Teen President. Approachable, hard working, enthusiastic, and enough of a Type-A personality to get things done, Judah is certainly the man for the job. NCSY | Jewish Youth Leadership is the international youth movement of

Jewish Future Shines Bright for Heartland Youth

October 30, 2011, by

I have just started my eighth year as Rabbi of Beth Israel Synagogue in Omaha. When I first began as Rabbi here, I set many goals for this community. Baruch Hashem, over the years our shul has made great strides; I am particularly proud of my congregation for meeting many of the goals and challenges

Echoes of Eden

October 30, 2011, by

NEW FROM OU PRESS: ECHOES OF EDEN BY RABBI ARI D. KAHN As Jews worldwide anticipate the beginning of a new cycle of reading the Torah in the synagogue, the same age-old problem presents itself: The challenge of wringing new insights out of the stories we have all come to know so well. How does

A Nation’s Loss: National Mourning in the Jewish Tradition

August 2, 2011, by

Grief is a fundamentally individual, transformative emotion. What can it mean to speak about “national grief, or national mourning”? Is there any calamity which a nation suffers that so alters its fundamental nature as to be truly analogous to the existential crisis the death of a loved one brings to an individual? Certainly, nations have