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The Teshuva of Shabbat

September 16, 2015, by

(Excerpt from When God is Near: On the High Holidays, by Rabbi Yehuda Amital) For decades, thousands from around the world gathered to join Rabbi Yehuda Amital zt”l as he led the High Holiday prayers at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Right before the most critical points in the services, at moments of high spiritual intensity, he

For Rosh Hashanah: OU Certified Products List

September 10, 2015, by

Honey Dutch Gold Blossom Hill Gefen Honey Bee Smith Bee Wine Welner Wines – Terrenal Cabernet and Tempranillo from Spain Royal Wines – Baron Herzog Pinot Grigio, Red Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Covenant Wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Solomon, Zahav, Chardonnay Lavan Challah Grandpa’s ‘Ohl Southern’ Wenner Bread Products Zabar’s Gelbstein’s   Pomegranate Dekuyper Pomegranate

Social Justice Hero, NCSY Champion

September 3, 2015, by

The OU’s own “Liberal Lion,” Dr. David Luchins, national vice president of the Orthodox Union, honored by JCPA   For Dr. David Luchins, the Torah’s commitment to making the world a better place is clear. “Judaism is all about helping the poor, the weak and the widows,” Luchins explained. “My rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik taught

Meet OU Kosher’s Phyllis Koegal

August 28, 2015, by

Phyllis Koegel is the marketing director of OU Kosher. She was profiled last year in an article in Tablet Magazine that highlighted the important work she does on behalf of kosher consumers everywhere. In the next few months, Phyllis will be writing occasional articles about her experience in the kosher industry. If you keep kosher,

Go Back to School With OU-JLIC’s New College Magazine

August 26, 2015, by

As the school year begins again, the OU is proud to present its first-ever OU-Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) Guide to Colleges. Get great info on choosing the right campus, profiles of top 25 schools a guide to kosher meal plans and more! You can view the guide below or download a PDF version

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

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