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Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is Torah Content Editor at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of five books, including The Tzniyus Book. His latest work, The Taryag Companion, is available from OU Press as well as on Amazon.

To Doxx or Not to Doxx the Neo Nazis

August 17, 2017, by

In the aftermath of the disturbing neo-Nazi and White Supremacist march in Charlottesville, some Twitterati have taken to doxxing the participants. Doxxing (or doxing) refers to revealing the real names and personal information (such as home addresses) of people whose online identities are unknown. While we receive a certain amount of satisfaction seeing these racists

Not Reclaiming the Swastika

August 9, 2017, by

An insignificant little video, less than a minute long and almost a month old, really got noticed this past week. In the video, European retailer KA Design introduces the “new swastika.” The video starts by informing us that the swastika is a 5,000-year-old symbol of peace. This is true. The symbol has been used by

Truth to Power: Rejecting Terror

July 27, 2017, by

It should come as no surprise that, when it comes to Middle East politics, not everyone agrees with us. And it’s not necessarily because others are evil or anti-Semitic. We have a narrative. In extremely abbreviated form: Jews and Arabs both lived in the land that the Romans called “Palestine.” (They called it this in

Homer Nods: Naming Our Mistakes

July 11, 2017, by

“Today I recount my failings” – Genesis 41:9 I’d like to share a recent incident in which I was involved. It’s a little embarrassing but I think the moral of the story makes it all worthwhile. I don’t write articles like this only for OU Life; my content appears on a few sites. These sites

Should Jewish Criminals Be Literally “Defrocked?”

June 30, 2017, by

You’ve probably seen the recent news in which a Lakewood rabbi, his wife, and another Orthodox Jewish couple were arrested in simultaneous federal and state raids on charges of public assistance fraud on an unprecedented scale. Authorities reported that this was just the first wave of raids and that more arrests would be forthcoming. (This has

History or Allegory? It Really Doesn’t Matter

June 21, 2017, by

I fielded a question recently from someone who had read a book by a certain author and was confused because this author had presented certain incidents from sefer Bereishis (the book of Genesis) as allegorical. The questioner had learned these things as literal history and wanted to know which things actually happened and which were

Protest, But Protest Wisely

June 12, 2017, by

This is kind of what happened with the call to boycott Sears last week. In case you missed it, Jewish social media was blowing up over pro-Palestinian t-shirts that were offered for sale on the Sears web site. There’s no shortage of “Free Palestine” gear available online but these shirts, with the image of a

Kathy Griffin Learns About Unintended Consequences

June 9, 2017, by

Comedian Kathy Griffin has been taking serious heat for posing with a bloody effigy of President Donald Trump’s severed head in a picture by photographer Tyler Shields. Yes, President Trump is a polarizing figure but even many of his detractors have deemed Griffin’s actions to be a step too far. Consequently, Griffin’s tour gigs have

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