OU Staff

Four Israelis Rescued from Mt. Everest, 100 Still Missing

April 27, 2015, by

Four Israelis were rescued from the slopes of Mt. Everest on Monday, where they had been trapped in the wake of the earthquake that shook the mountainous nation of Nepal on Saturday, leading to a death toll in the thousands. Some 100 Israelis are still missing, according to Israeli officials. Army Radio said a rescue

The Enduring Legacies of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

April 23, 2015, by

On Monday morning, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, the former leader of Yeshivat Har Etzion, English scholar and titan of Modern Orthodoxy both in Israel and abroad, died in his home at 81. Tributes to him poured in from around the world and across the Jewish spectrum — from the president of the Union for Reform Judaism

10 Little Known Things about Israel’s Past

April 23, 2015, by

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, falls on April 23. In honor of the Jewish state’s 67th birthday, we present, in no particular order, 10 little-known aspects of modern Israel’s history. 1. El Al used to fly to Tehran. Iran and Israel enjoyed mostly good relations up until the Islamic revolution that overthrew the shah in

Who Caught the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz?

April 23, 2015, by

Anything but the banality of evil. This week, Oskar Gröning, 93, nicknamed “the bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” went to trial in Germany for his complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews over the summer in 1944. The trial is different from previous trials of Nazis since it isn’t about proving that Gröning was a part

Israel Celebrates its 67th Birthday

April 23, 2015, by

Though snow and scattered rain showers fell in parts of the country, thousands of Israeli citizens and visitors gathered Thursday in parks and beaches, at official ceremonies and even in the streets to celebrate Independence Day. The festivities began Wednesday night, in accordance with the Jewish lunar calendar, with parties, concerts and fireworks in cities

Country Bows Its Head to 23,320 Fallen

April 21, 2015, by

Israelis will come to a stop Tuesday evening to honor 23,320 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism. A minute-long siren will sound out around the country at 8 p.m. After the siren, a memorial torch-lighting ceremony will take place at the Western Wall, attended by President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of

Memories of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

April 20, 2015, by

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, who passed away on Monday at the age of 81 was laid to rest earlier today in Har Hamenuchot in Jerusalem. An archived version of the hespedim from the levaya is available for watching: Read English translations of the hespedim. Nathan Diament, executive director of the OU Advocacy Center and a

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, modern Orthodox visionary, dies at 81

April 20, 2015, by

Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, the head of a prestigious religious-Zionist yeshiva and an Israel Prize winner for his contributions to rabbinic scholarship, died on Monday at the age of 81. Lichtenstein, who earned his doctorate in English literature from Harvard University, was considered a giant in the modern Orthodox world. Lichtenstein was born in France

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