Batya Rosner

Batya Rosner is a staff writer of the Orthodox Union and ou.org

NCSY Honors Alumni Serving as Lone Soldiers

January 21, 2016, by

They may have been lone soldiers, but they were anything but alone. Once an NCSYer, always an NCSYer. Nearly 80 NCSY alumni who are currently serving in the IDF or in Shearut Le’umi (National Service) gathered last motzei Shabbat for an appreciation dinner at Papagaio thrown by the NCSY’s Alumni division. NCSY is the international

Inside the Bakeries that Make Chanukah Treats

December 10, 2015, by

One thousand doughnuts a day. That’s how many oily treats L’Esti’s Desserts, an OU Kosher-certified bakeshop, fries up and ships out in the weeks leading up to—and during—Chanukah.  Approximately  18,000 treats will be sizzled, drizzled and supplied to stores across the country. Known for their high-quality, high-end kosher desserts for caterers, L’Esti’s began packaging their

The Menorah That Defied the Nazis

December 10, 2015, by

If you’ve been active on social media this week, you might have seen this iconic photograph: a menorah stands on a windowsill while across the street Nazi flag hangs. Rare Historical Photographs has the full story. In 1931 the last night of Chanukah fell on a Friday night. In the small German town of Kiel,

Ten Interesting New OU-Certified Products From Kosherfest 2015

November 12, 2015, by

I meant to save a bit of the brownie for my husband, but I had eaten the whole thing before I realized. Before I had even eaten breakfast. I tried to rationalize it was okay to give in to my chocolate craving because these were made with black beans and cocoa.  Made by Pure Genius—a

Unearthing Gath, City of Goliath

August 9, 2015, by

Archeologists at Bar Ilan University made a startling discovery last week: remnants of the ancient city of Gath, the city of Goliath. Led by Professor Aren Maeir of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at the University, the excavations of the ancient city of Gath were conducted in the Tel

Modest Swimwear Makes a Splash

July 29, 2015, by

Continued good news for the modest-dress conscious, tzniut is creating waves. The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing trend in bathing suits for women is the rise of more modest swimwear. The article, written by Lucette Lagnado (who Jewish readers may remember as the author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit”), is

Meatless Menus for the Nine Days

July 16, 2015, by

Still worried what you will feed your family during the Nine Days? Here are more recipes from popular kosher bloggers that are sure to keep perspectives on mourning for the right reasons (ahem—not because they can’t eat meat). Be sure to visit the blogs for more step-by-step photos and anecdotes for each recipe. Please keep

Considering Aliyah? Some Tips from the Pros

July 14, 2015, by

Aliyah is in the air. Literally. On Tuesday, Nefesh B’Nefesh brought 221 new olim to their new homes in the Jewish homeland. The 53rd Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight included 32 families, 95 children, 53 singles, and 12 IDF Lone Soldiers ready to make Aliyah. “Am I officially Israeli when I get on the plane at

No Meat? No Problem! Great Dairy Recipes for The Nine Days

July 7, 2015, by

As we spiritually prepare for Tisha B’Av—some of us are concerned how to gastronomically prepare for The Nine Days. Don’t worry, you can satiate your palate without meat. We’ve reached out to some popular kosher bloggers to share some meatless menu options. Make sure to visit the blogs for more step-by-step photos and anecdotes for

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