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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.

Orlando—the Wrath of Man

June 15, 2016, by

Even if the victims of a tragedy offend your religious sensibilities, you’re still not God’s designated spokesman. After being incommunicado for three days following the combination of Shabbos and Shavuos, I did what so many of us did: I logged onto Facebook. I posted a few pieces of lighthearted ephemera, as one does, but then

Twenty Minutes of Action: An Indefensible Revictimization

June 8, 2016, by

I didn’t follow the case of Brock Turner too closely. He’s the Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of raping an unconscious 22-year-old woman. Ultimately, he got six months – with the possibility of a reduction for good behavior – because the judge was concerned that prison would have a “severe impact” on Turner. Many

Killing Harambe — You Weren’t There

June 2, 2016, by

At the moment, the big news story is the death of Harambe, a silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. A four-year-old boy managed to get inside the gorilla enclosure. Because of the danger posed by the 400-lb. gorilla, whose actions were erratic and unpredictable, the decision was made to shoot Harambe with live ammunition in

2+2=5? Inconceivable!

April 14, 2016, by

A reader recently wrote me asking the following question: “Is God so powerful that He can change what is truth? Like 2+2=5? If God created something from nothing, does that mean truth is arbitrary?” I thought this was an excellent question, as well one that has been expressed in many ways. (I’ll come to that

What Is It About Anne Frank?

March 22, 2016, by

What is it about Anne Frank? There’s only one article about Anne Frank on the OU website (well, two now, including this one). It’s from 2012, so it’s not even new, but you would not believe the traffic this article sees – and the questions it generates! It’s not even on OU Torah (the section

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

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