OU Staff

No Other Way to Spin This Story

December 23, 2014, by

A CBS News report on Chanukah found the OU’s Rabbi Eliyahu Safran front and center – along with his massive collection of dreidels:

Chanukah Videos Light up YouTube

December 16, 2014, by

The Maccabeats perform “All About that Neis” a parody of the similar-sounding Meghan Trainor song: Jewish a capella group Six13 struck Internet gold this week with their new Chanukah video/song – a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” With media coverage in multiple outlets—from the Kansas City Star and 1010WINS to WCBS TV and

Alan Gross Released by Cuba Following Five Year Imprisonment

December 11, 2014, by

UPDATE: Alan Gross has been released by Cuba and is currently on his way to the US. Read below about last week’s efforts by synagogues across the country to pray for Gross’s release. The roots of the mitzvah of pidyon sh’vuyim, redemption of the imprisoned, can be found in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev. The

The Future Role of Women in Orthodox Jewish Life

December 11, 2014, by

Listen to the full interview In a new Savitsky Talks series, Stephen Savitsky talks to his interviewees about the future of the role of women in Orthodox Jewish life. This week, Stephen spoke with Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of Nishmat, the Center For Advanced Torah Study For Women. Rabbanit Henkin spoke about the state of

Mensch on a Bench Goes Mainstream

December 10, 2014, by

Three years ago while strolling through a department store during the holiday season, Neal Hoffman’s four-year-old son spied the popular Christmas toy, Elf on a Shelf. Afflicted with Christmas envy, his son begged for one. Hoffman shook his head and explained that Jews don’t have an Elf on a Shelf. “We have,” he quipped, thinking

Yeshiva Student Stabbed At Chabad Headquarters

December 9, 2014, by

Police shot and killed a man who stabbed a 22-year-old Israeli student early this morning at Chabad World Headquarters in Brooklyn. Please recite tehillim for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel. The Daily News has the latest on the attack.

Massive Oil Spill in Israel Nearly Twice the Size as Initially Though

December 8, 2014, by

As rains threaten to flood the delicate coral in the Gulf of Eilat with recently spilled pollutants, new figures released on Sunday night showed that the scale of the ecological disaster caused by a ruptured oil pipeline in southern Israel is nearly twice as bad as initially estimated. The data sent by the Eilat Ashkelon

Nachum Segal Provides a Glimpse into the 2014 OU Convention on JM in the AM

December 2, 2014, by

Nachum Segal hosted Dr. Shimmy Tenenbaum, Chairman of the Orthodox Union 2014 National Convention (from Teaneck) and Rabbi Judah Isaacs, Director of Community Engagement and Synagogue Services at the Orthdox Union live in the studio during this morning’s JM in the AM for a comprehensive preview of the upcoming 2014 OU Convention. This year’s convention