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An Unexpected Kiddush Hashem on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

August 26, 2015, by

An important part of being Jewish is the notion of Kiddush Hashem—sanctifying God’s name through good deeds. Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has a bit about how long it’ll take people to help someone who asks for help on the sidewalk of Hollywood. In this case, a man dressed as Spongebob SquarePants. It took

Headaches and Head Coverings Part II

August 25, 2015, by

Headaches and Head Coverings received an inordinate amount of attention when we posted it last week. On Torah Musing, the blog where the story was originally posted, the following fascinating exchange took place between  Dr. Tovia Berk, a Headache Medicine Fellow, and the post’s original author, Rabbi Alex Ozar. My name is Tovia Berk – I

Matisyahu Sings Jerusalem at Spanish Festival

August 25, 2015, by

After being boycotted from the festival for not endorsing a Palestinian State, Matisyahu was re-invited to the Rototom SunSplash festival. During his performance, he was heckled by Pro-Palestinian activists and faced with a sea of Palestinian flags, he sang one of his best songs.

How Israel Will Save the World: An Interview with Seth M. Siegel

August 12, 2015, by

Seth M. Siegel is fond of the quote popularly attributed to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “If you want to properly acquaint yourself with a subject, write a book about it.” That’s what Siegel did. His debut book, “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World” (St. Martin’s Press) goes on sale in September

Will He Run? Starbucks CEO Finds Inspiration in Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel

August 10, 2015, by

In this remarkable op-ed from the New York Times, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz isn’t giving a definitive answer whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential campaign. However, he does posit this remarkable piece of wisdom from Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel z’tl of the Mir Yeshiva who died in 2011. The two visited the Old City and

Speaking Out Against the Iran Deal: Nathan Diament on Fox News

August 6, 2015, by

This week, OU Advocacy Executive Director Nathan Diament and other Jewish leaders met with President Barack Obama to discuss their concerns about the Iran Deal. Diament told Fox News that they had a “spirited and intense exchange” with the President about the Iran Deal. “If nothing else, the President cannot deny that this deal gives

Jew in the City’s 2015 Orthodox Jewish All-Stars

August 5, 2015, by

Each year, Allison Josephs, the blogger behind the popular Jew in the City, honors several Orthodox Jews for their contributions in breaking down stereotypes. Here are this year’s honorees: Baroness Rosalind Altmann, U.K. minister of pensions; Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred racehorse in thirty-seven years; and Ilana Wernick, Emmy

Remembering Anne Samson a’h

July 29, 2015, by

At the Orthodox Union, we speak a lot about The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ). We speak a lot about it for some very good reasons: the trip is NCSY’s flagship summer program for Jewish public school teens. TJJ  takes teens on an inspiring tour throughout the land of Israel as many experience their Jewish

‘Worst Day Ever’ Inspires

July 27, 2015, by

Perhaps by now you’ve come across the poem “Worst Day Ever?” The poem has been making waves across social media as an anonymous post until the author’s identity was revealed last week: 16-year-old Chanie Gorkin, a student at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights. Beyond the scope of Jewish publications, the

Omri Cassppi NBA Star Wears Tefillin

July 22, 2015, by

Omir Casspi was the first Israeli to play in the NBA. If that wasn’t enough nachas, Omri recently did a Q and A on Twitter where he responded to reader’s questions. He currently plays as a power forward for the Sacramento Kings and he explains, his 18 jersey number stands for Chai. When a Twitter-user

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