OU Staff

How Orthodox Money Is Reshaping Republican Politics

May 5, 2015, by

Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have long appreciated the importance of tapping into the pool of Jewish donors, who are among the most generous political contributors in the nation. But until recently, Orthodox Jews have been an elusive target. Like their Democratic counterparts, Republican candidates chose to go after more secular — albeit more conservative

The Rabbi of Nepal

May 5, 2015, by

Micha Odenheimer is sitting in a restaurant in the Mahaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem, having a last good meal before taking off for Nepal the following morning. He’d been in Kathmandu barely two weeks earlier, just before the earthquake. As head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Tevel b’Tzedek, which brings young Israeli volunteers to Nepalese villages

Matzah Foils Massacre

April 29, 2015, by

While you’re most definitely sick of matzah by now, Israel Unseen has this great story of how a Bnei Brak group’s urgent quest to gather wheat for shmurah matzah inadvertently foiled a terrorist attack. See below.

Red Cross Admits World War II Failings as Holocaust Spread

April 29, 2015, by

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.” Peter Maurer, presenting the keynote address Tuesday at a Geneva commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps, said the ICRC “failed to protect civilians and, most notably,

Is Hashem Necessary?

April 29, 2015, by

Hawkings Error from Shabbat.com on Vimeo. In this video, produced by Hashem.com (a project of Shabbat.com), Stephen Hawking’s theory that God wasn’t necessary to create or sustain the world is disputed by leading scientists, shedding scientific light that Hashem is indeed the key force behind the creation of the universe.

When Your Child Says Goodbye to Religion

April 28, 2015, by

You send your child to the best day school or yeshiva; celebrate Shabbat and chagim joyously. But one day, your child announces that he or she is no longer religiously observant. It’s painful. How do you understand your child’s decision to leave behind something that means so much to you? How do you relate to

One Fallen Soldier, 23 Descendants

April 28, 2015, by

On the day before Yom Hazikaron, the New York Times published this story about one of Israel’s fallen soldiers. Gil’ad, an only child, was a lieutenant killed during the Yom Kippur War. A talented musician, he was given the opportunity to serve in the army’s music division, but instead joined a combat unit with his

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