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.

Stop the Insanity!

December 15, 2015, by

I do quite a bit of writing but I rarely write about the parsha (my Shnayim Mikra synopses notwithstanding). Honestly, I feel there are many others who excel at finding meaningful, relevant messages in the parsha each week. Many of these people manage to uncover new insights every single year, and I am truly in awe

Merry Christmas! Am I Bovvered?

December 9, 2015, by

Christmas and I have had a complicated relationship. When I was in kindergarten, my public school class took a trip to visit a mall Santa; this is the only time small children are encouraged by authority figures to sit on the laps of strange men. Santa sensed my discomfort (I was probably not a particularly

Je Ne Suis Pas Paris (I’m Not Paris)

November 18, 2015, by

I don’t particularly care for France. Some people think it’s a really bad time for me to make that declaration, given the recent tragedy of the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, whose wounds are still quite raw. But that’s specifically why I mention it now. So how is it, as everyone is posting “Je suis

Working Out in a Skirt: I (Kind of) Disagree

November 3, 2015, by

Last month, there was a news story in which an Orthodox Jewish woman sued her gym for refusing to allow her to work out in a skirt. Yosefa Jalal of Crown Heights sued Lucille Roberts (a women’s-only gym franchise) for violating federal, state and city religious discrimination statutes. I saw this posted and re-posted on Facebook

Running for Spite

October 28, 2015, by

A number of people have been, and will be, writing about why they are running for Team Yachad in the Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon. Many of these pieces will speak of the good work that Yachad does. As you may be aware, Yachad—the National Jewish Council for Disabilities—is an agency of the Orthodox Union whose

In Defense of Hate and Stupidity

July 15, 2015, by

Last week, there were two major victories over intolerance: the South Carolina legislature voted to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds and a federal court upheld a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceling the Washington Redskins’ protection on six trademarks. I applaud both decisions conceptually but my

The Other Hand

July 7, 2015, by

Recently, I shared my thoughts on the Charleston, South Carolina shooting, specifically the forgiveness granted by the families of the victims. I posited that, while admirable, such automatic absolution does not reflect the Jewish ethos, in which forgiveness must be earned through regret, an admission of guilt and a resolution to make things right. None

The Other Cheek

June 24, 2015, by

We are all familiar with the tragic details of the mass murder at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof murdered nine people at a Bible-study class in what was clearly a racially-motivated attack. Within 48 hours, family members of the victims had expressed forgiveness for their killer.

When Compromise is Not a Virtue

May 7, 2015, by

I saw a question posed recently online. I didn’t answer it there, nor did I hang around long enough to read others’ responses, but I’d like to address it here. The writer was troubled by what he saw as a contradiction. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ztz”l passed away recently and the obituaries described him simultaneously as

And Nothing But the Truth

February 10, 2015, by

We may be jaded and we may be cynical but the sad reality is that we don’t expect that our political leaders are going to tell the truth. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” “Read my lips, no new taxes.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” “I am

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