OU Staff

Is the KosherSwitch Kosher?

April 16, 2015, by

Note: The Orthodox Union does not endorse this product. We’ll begin by saying, as OU staff writers, we don’t know and that the halachic authorities at the Orthodox Union have not yet stated a position on it. But given the attention this invention is getting, we thought we’d offer you a quick look at the

Let’s Keep All Our Kids Safe

April 13, 2015, by

All children deserve to be safe at school. Yet it turns out that New York City does not provide kids who attend private schools with the same level of protection as those at public schools. That’s not only unfair, it’s unsafe. And it ought to change. As matters stand, only public schools in the city

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