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Yachad Marathon Raises $300,000 for Inclusion Programming

February 6, 2017, by

Miami, FL — Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and an agency of the Orthodox Union, announced that it raised a total of $300,000 in its annual 8th marathon in Miami on January 29, 2017. With runners of all ages (from 12 to 65) and all abilities, coming from Israel, Canada, California, Texas, New […]

Edited Embryos, Designer Babies: Are They Kosher?

December 8, 2016, by

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Director of the Puah Institute in the US and the Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute for Fertility and Medicine in Accordance with Halacha in Israel, will be speaking on January 15, 2017 at the OU’s Torah in the City event, indoors at Citi Field, on ‘Halacha: Are Edited Embryos Kosher? […]

Top Ten Rabbi Fohrman Videos You Must See

December 8, 2016, by

If you haven’t yet discovered Rabbi David Fohrman’s Aleph-Beta Academy, you’re in for a treat today. Rabbi Fohrman’s innovative videos offer brilliant takes on Tanach and our holidays that may just change your life. Come hear Rabbi Fohrman’s  Torah in person this January 15 at Torah in the City; register today! 10. Understanding Rachel’s World – THIS WEEK’S […]

Women and Torah Transmission

December 6, 2016, by

Did you know that Jewish women have been central, over the centuries, in printing Hebrew texts? Jewish history shows that women have been deeply involved in scholarly typography since the 16th century. Read Eli Genauer’s article from Jewish Action’s winter 2016 issue: ‘I Have Also Engaged in This Work of Heaven”: The Vital Contribution of Women to […]

When We Obsess Over Chumros, Do We Forget About the Real Thing?

December 1, 2016, by

Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau offered a powerful message about the importance of prioritizing in life, in conversation with South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein: A Jew from Jerusalem once told me that in 1976, as a young yeshiva student, he knew there was a very important posek in Jerusalem who is the expert on etrogim, and who can determine whether your etrog […]

Tell us your story

August 8, 2016, by

Dear OU Family, From NCSY to Yachad, JLIC to Israel Free Spirit, and so much more — we know there are countless stories of people who have been impacted by the OU, and who themselves are now giving back to the community. Are you perhaps a JLIC student who was inspired to take an active role […]

Finding Light in the Darkness of Terror: Thoughts from Rabbi Landau

July 7, 2016, by

Last week was not a good week. Three large scale terror attacks took place in the world – Istanbul, Bangladesh and Baghdad. There were also three tragic attacks in Israel in the last week. In the city of Netanya, Israelis were stabbed and wounded. A teen was butchered while sleeping in her bed at home in Kiryat Arbah. A father […]

Women in Jewish Communal Work: The Debate Continues

July 6, 2016, by

Dr. Erica Brown’s piece on women in Jewish communal service, in the June issue of Jewish Action, sparked quite a conversation over Orthodox Jewry’s newsfeeds and Shabbat tables. Here’s her response: “The reactions remind me that, try as we might, gender issues are unavoidable; they still keep us up at night. They are more personal and more complicated […]

Rabbi Lau: Elie Wiesel was a man of tremendous faith

July 6, 2016, by

On Israeli Radio Kol Hai, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, eulogized Elie Wiesel, who passed away this week in New York: “For forty days he succeeded in putting on tefillin in Auschwitz, at tremendous risk.” “People of his age went through a huge crisis of faith. [But when Wiesel] arrived in New […]

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