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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.

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

This Man Does Not Represent Me

May 18, 2017, by

Years ago, I worked as an extra in TV and films. One of the films where I can be found lurking in the background (and once dead center, during the opening scene) is called New York, I Love You. (Don’t look for it, it’s terrible, though I’m in a movie with Natalie Portman and you’re

Sometimes You Have to Be Hated

May 9, 2017, by

A musician whose work I enjoy recently released an album of experimental music. This was followed by a blog post of a less-than-complimentary review. The thing is, the reviewer complained about the album being exactly all the things that it’s supposed to be. One commenter said that it’s like going to a death metal concert

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 –

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