Shelomo Dobkin

In his capacity as Torah Content Editor for the OU, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz, MS Ed., creates and coordinates content for such programs as Taryag and Mishna Yomit. His clear and down-to-earth explanations of even the most esoteric Torah concepts has been the hallmark of projects from NCSY's Torah on One Foot series of educational pamphlets to, the first sexual abstinence web site designed specifically for Jewish teens. Rabbi Abramowitz is the author of The Shnayim Mikra Companion on Torah, the two-volume Nach Yomi Companion on the books of the Prophets and the Writings, and The Tzniyus Book.

The Reward for Pain

November 14, 2007, by

A Lesson For the Children – This is a story that took place about two hundred years ago in Poland. “Mushika” made a living from milking cows and processing the milk into various products. Like many other Jews at that time, he would lease his dairy from the local lord, who owned the property, for

When the Chazon Ish and Rabbi Kook Agreed

November 8, 2007, by

Holy and Secular – The trip was not short. Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Karlitz, better known as the Chazon Ish, was not used to traveling out of the city. It was even rare for him to travel to Jerusalem, the holy city and the site of the Temple. But he refused to give up on this

The Treasure Chest

November 8, 2007, by

A Lesson For the Children – The old shoemaker was very lonely. His wife had died, their three sons had grown up and married, and he remained alone in his meager home. His children would sometimes visit him on Shabbat, but most of the time he was alone. He tried to get them to visit

Torah Cake

November 1, 2007, by

A Sefer Torah should be pretty easy. Try making two rolled log cakes and put a square layered cake in between. Something similar to the picture below. Good Luck!

Where Did the Dirt Come From?

October 31, 2007, by

A Lesson For the Children – Yosef and Miriam moved into a new house. They were very happy, thanking G-d for the new house and for the low price that they had paid, for the new neighborhood, and for the neighbors, who seemed to be pleasant and friendly. One day Miriam said to her husband:

The Leftover Salt

October 24, 2007, by

A Lesson For the Children – The customers filled the small store at the edge of the town of Radin. They preferred this store over others nearby which sold similar products because the owners of this store were Rabbi Yisrael Meir of Radin, known as the “Chafetz Chaim,” and his wife. Jews and Gentiles alike


October 17, 2007, by

A Lesson For the Children – My name is Rina (this is not her real name), and I live in Gush Etzion. A few months ago, when I was in my car, riding towards Gush Etzion, there was a serious traffic jam. When I reached the Gush, I saw the reason for the heavy traffic

Judging by Appearances

October 10, 2007, by

Holy and Secular – “Did you see how studious Yankel is?” one of the students of the yeshiva said to another. “He never goes to sleep before three o’clock in the morning, and then he gets up only two hours later to pray with the earliest minyan. He is in the Beit Midrash almost twenty

No Matter What: Everything is for the Best

October 10, 2007, by

A Lesson For the Children – In a faraway land, there lived a King named Thomas. Among his many advisors and assistants he especially loved Yochanan, his wise Jewish advisor. But as far as the king was concerned, Yochanan had one “fault” – his belief in G-d. For example, whenever something bad happened Yochanan would