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Bayla Sheva Brenner

Bayla Sheva Brenner is senior staff writer of the Orthodox Union.

Super Bowl Champion Becomes Super Ba’al Teshuvah

February 14, 2006, by

In 1992, Alan Veingrad, former offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, made all the right moves to protect the quarterback and ward off the other team’s advances, helping to secure his team a Super Bowl victory. Today, he’s taken that same sense of discipline and strength of will to focus his sights on what he

YLC: The End of the Me Generation?

July 15, 2005, by

The Me Generation seems to be living up to its name. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal described the struggle nonprofit organizations are facing in their attempt to lure a new generation of lay leaders. These organizations can’t understand why so many bright young professionals are not interested in getting involved in altruistic

Part Psychologist, Part Activist – All Heart

July 8, 2005, by

One could call Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director of the OU’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities, a visionary; a man with a clear eye on the future. But as soon as he sees what could be, he gets right to the task and transforms his vision into reality – and the future quickly becomes a

Look Carefully: Lives at Work; And Working Wonders

June 24, 2005, by

Every day billions of people wake up, stumble to the bathroom, try to make out the face in the mirror, force a smile, and start another day. Once they reach their workplaces – the person becomes an employee. But, no matter the title, employees are human. Consequently, workplaces function as vibrant mini-communities. During an eight-hour

What Brandeis Students Have to Say About OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus

May 25, 2005, by

An overwhelming majority of Orthodox college students attend secular universities around the country, yet the campus environment can pose serious challenges to these young men and women’s observance and commitment. To address this pressing dilemma, the OU teamed up with Hillel and Torah Mitzion and launched the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, JLIC. Currently operating

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plant (Part 1)

May 20, 2005, by

It’s early Monday morning in Any Town USA, UK, or ZA*. The birds sound their sweet welcome to the sun, school children hide under their covers, and an OU Rabbinic Field Representative (a.k.a. RFR’s) makes an unannounced visit at a food manufacturing plant. During the course of a year, 400 RFR’s travel across the roads