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Moishe Bane

Our Intense Focus on Torah Education is Celebrated, Yet it’s Flawed

August 8, 2019, by

Complementing the creation of the State of Israel, the revitalization of Torah study in both Israel and the Diaspora has been pivotal to the rejuvenation of Jewry following the unfathomable horror of the Holocaust. In the Diaspora, formal Jewish education, for toddler to teenager, has been the primary antidote to assimilation and intermarriage. And, both in Israel and beyond,

On Pittsburgh – Message from the President of the Orthodox Union

November 1, 2018, by

With our havdala candles barely extinguished, we began hearing the reports. Unimaginable tragedy. We were frozen, horrified. And then a torrent of emotions. Sadness. Fear. Confusion. We have encountered tragedy before. As both Americans and as Jews we are no strangers to mass murder. But, this tragedy in Pittsburgh feels different and we are reacting

Reflections Before Rosh HaShanah

September 18, 2017, by

Personal Post-Storm Rosh Hashanah Reflections The recent storms in Houston and the Southeast have dominated our thoughts, emotions and efforts.  They have also introduced new and renewed relationships for me and my colleagues at the Orthodox Union. We have received an extraordinary number of calls and emails, sharing information and sharing feelings.  In this spirit,

Open Your Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

Let’s learn Torah together in honor of this momentous Yom Yerushalayim. Join over 300 synagogues, schools and organizations nationwide participating in the OU’s Yom Yerushalayim Video Learning Event — check out the full program at ou.org/yy For those of us old enough, it is difficult to fathom that fifty years have passed since the crackling sound of