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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.

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

There Are No Secrets

June 8, 2017, by

Harvard University recently revoked offers of admission to at least ten incoming freshmen after they exchanged sexually-explicit memes and racist messages in a private Facebook group chat. The admitted students had formed a messaging group entitled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens” whose posts included memes and images suggesting sexual assault, and callously addressing such

Lower Than the Lowest: Torah Thoughts on the Manchester Bombing

May 24, 2017, by

As I write this, the world is still reeling from the cowardly attack by ISIS on the Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead, 59 wounded and dozens reportedly missing. Terrorism is always cowardly. There are protocols to war. Soldiers have uniforms. Armies fight other armies and attack military targets. True, soldiers can violate the rules

Vote Korach!

May 23, 2017, by

I’ve written about this before but perhaps it bears repeating in light of recent events. Which recent events? I have some particular thoughts but it really doesn’t matter because whenever you read this, it is likely that something will be going on that fits the bill. I’m speaking about our partisan political hypocrisy. I’m not

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