OU Staff

Why I Teach

April 1, 2015, by

Rabbi Elie Weismann, Rabbi of the Young Israel of Plainview, speaks about the values of education and educators. By watching, teachers and parents can help think through their roles as conduits of mesorah in the context of the Pesach Seder. R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the

Treat Your Children to the Summer of a Lifetime in the Golan Heights

April 1, 2015, by

Camp Dror, an OU Israel project, is a truly unique 2 ½ week summer experience in Israel. A sleep-away camp for youth entering grades 6-10. Because it is located in the majestic Golan Heights, campers enjoy a wide variety of activities including hiking, kayaking, swimming and other sports. They also learn and have volunteer chessed

New Tunes from Jewish Music Groups Provide Your Passover Soundtrack

April 1, 2015, by

Add a dash of fun to the final days and hours of Passover prep with these newly released videos from Jewish music groups. Enjoy a heavy dose of Bruno Mars parody along with a melodious take on a Passover seder classic: Passover Funk (from Aish.com) Six13’s Uptown Passover The Maccabeats’ Dayenu

Was a Parah Adumah Discovered in New Jersey?

March 31, 2015, by

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer or Parah Adumah, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey. TheCoolJew.com investigated.

Live Election Coverage from Arutz 7 and the OU

March 17, 2015, by

Arutz Sheva and the Orthodox Union will hold a special late night (in Israel) audio and videocast as the results of the Israeli election come. in this evening. It will feature Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of OU Israel, together with Ari Soffer, Arutz-7 managing editor, and Yoni Kempinski, video correspondent for Arutz Sheva. Many

Remembering Rabbi Emanuel Gettinger z”tl

March 12, 2015, by

View the eulogies from Rabbi Gettinger’s levayah: An article in Hamodia remembered Rabbi Gettinger: Rabbi Emanuel Gettinger, z”l, long-time Rav of the Young Israel of the West Side and president of the historic Ezras Torah tzedakah organization, was niftar on Shushan Purim in Chicago. “He was a true gadol b’Torah,” said Rabbi Shlomo Besser, Rav

The Complicated Politics of a School-Donation Tax Credit

March 4, 2015, by

Of all the plot lines in the 2015 budget process, the fight over a school-donation tax credit may turn out to be the most complicated. The Catholic Church and a broad swath of other religious and community organizations have built support over several years for a controversial tax credit that would incentivize donations to private

New Prenup Aims to Nip Jewish Divorce Refusal

March 3, 2015, by

Rabbinical and legal experts met Sunday to formulate a legal loophole that will enable women to file for divorce in a Jewish court of law — an attempt to mitigate a practice whereby only a man can issue a get or Jewish divorce. According to Jewish law, if a husband refuses to issue his wife