OU Staff

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 An archived version of the hespedim from the levaya is available for watching: Read English translations of the hespedim.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

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.

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