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OU Staff

The Psychology of Tisha B’Av & Kinot: Five Questions for Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

July 18, 2018, by

We recently had the privilege of speaking with Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb about the deeper meaning of Tisha B’Av. Rabbi Weinreb, a clinical psychotherapist and internationally-renowned Torah scholar, hosts the OU’s annual Tisha B’Av webcast. He is also the translator of the kinot in The Lookstein Edition of the Mesorat HaRav Kinot (co-published with the OU).

Bar Mitzvah Story

June 7, 2018, by

This summer more than 1,550 young adults (the largest amount ever) from diverse backgrounds and communities will experience Israel through Israel Free Spirit, an official Birthright Israel trip provider. Before the trip, many participants have never had the opportunity to genuinely connect to their Jewish identity. The climax of every Israel Free Spirit Birthright trip is highlighted

Help Make 10,000 Shidduchim

May 9, 2018, by

On Chol Hamoed Pesach, April 4th, newly engaged couple Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan were killed in a fiery car crash on the 878 highway beside Kennedy International airport in New York. How does one cope with such a tragedy when a parent is so excited about their child about to embark on a new

Watch: From Kosher.com: Alenbi’s Falafel

April 12, 2018, by

Join Jamie Geller and Chef Elior Balbul as they discuss Alenbi Kitchen’s extraordinary Falafel Tartare. Balbul’s specialty is taking classic Israeli flavors, and enhancing them with a modern twist. Enjoy this contemporary take on Israeli food.

OU President Moishe Bane on Three Existential Threats to American Orthodoxy

February 15, 2018, by

The Hebrew Theological College hosted nearly 250 guests on January 27 at their 37th Annual Melave Malka in Skokie, Illinois. During the evening emceed by Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, Rabbi Shmuel L. Schuman, CEO of HTC, presented the Rabbi Herman Davis Memorial Scholarships to a most deserving beis midrash and college student, Zalman Cohen. The highlight

Urgent Request for Tehillim

February 14, 2018, by

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the horrific attack and tragic loss of life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The OU is urging all to please recite Tehillim (Psalms) on behalf of those injured in the shooting, including those in critical condition who are in desperate need of rachamei

He Donated his Kidney to a Complete Stranger

February 8, 2018, by

What does a 68-year-old Conservative Jewish man from Cranford, New Jersey have in common with a 42 year old Hasidic man originally from London? A kidney. Earlier this year, Yosef Leib Bornstein, a Ger Hasid donated his kidney to Dave Salomon through the help of Renewal, a non-profit which facilitates altruistic kidney donations. Jew in