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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.

Does “Understanding All Sides” Include Defending Hitler?

May 2, 2017, by

The title of this article is something of a feint. Of course, neither I nor this web site entertain for the slightest instant the possibility that “understanding all sides” could extend so far as justifying Hitler’s atrocities. This I’m sure comes as no surprise. What may surprise you – and should dismay you – is

Gracie Allen, Talmudic Scholar

April 27, 2017, by

Reporter: Where were you born? Gracie: San Francisco. Reporter: And were you the oldest? Gracie: Oh, no! My parents were much older! I’ve been enjoying a lot of Burns and Allen lately. George Burns was the straight man and his wife, Gracie Allen, got all the laughs. But while her high-pitched voice was real, her

Due Diligence

April 19, 2017, by

Perhaps the most interesting news story that flew below most people’s radar in April involved the newly-hired principal of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who resigned after student journalists threw a spotlight on her questionable credentials. Amy Robertson, the principal in question, reported that she received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Corllins University. The

Commentary: When the Bomb Threat Comes From Your Own

April 5, 2017, by

For many anxiety-filled weeks, Jewish institutions – schools, synagogues, and JCCs in particular – underwent heightened levels of attacks. The vandalism was disheartening enough but what really had people on edge were the bomb threats. Even without the presence of an actual bomb, the tension caused by such a call is overwhelming, to say nothing

Called Out? Own It.

March 30, 2017, by

Every one of us has done something embarrassing or something we regret. The question is, when we get called out for our actions, how do we respond? Do we own our misdeeds or do we double down on them? Owning up to our errors can be mortifying – nobody likes to eat humble pie –

Going Viral: Thoughts on the BBC Interview Blooper

March 17, 2017, by

It was the surprise hit of the season. Professor Robert Kelly is an expert on South Korean politics. He was conducting an interview with the BBC from his home office on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye when his two young children wandered into the shot. First, his four-year-old daughter, Marion, literally danced

Commentary: Should We Remember Linda Sarsour for Good?

March 16, 2017, by

This past week was the holiday of Purim, which made me think about Linda Sarsour. No, I don’t think she’s Haman (that would be Rasmea Odeh, an actual murderer), but I did wonder whether or not Sarsour might be Charbonah. If you’re not instantly sure who Charbonah is, don’t feel too bad. He’s about as

Some People Make It Difficult

March 6, 2017, by

In a few recent opinion pieces, I’ve made passing mention of having some Muslim friends. This is important because many observant Jews don’t know any Muslims at all, with the result that everything they know about Muslims comes from reports of terrorism in the news. This, of course, is a grave injustice to the overwhelming

Academy Award-Winning Negligence

March 2, 2017, by

I don’t watch the Academy Awards. I never have; they hold absolutely no interest for me. Nevertheless, even as a party both disinterested and uninterested, I feel that the gaffe at the Oscars was more than unfortunate. It was disgraceful. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, here’s what happened:

Misguided Zeal?

February 23, 2017, by

I’d like to discuss a recent incident that took place at the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS) in Florida. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg invited motivational speaker Matthew Kelly to speak. From there, things got ugly. (It bears mentioning that BRS is an OU-member synagogue, though I’ve never been there and I don’t know Rabbi Goldberg.) A particular

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