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Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is Torah Content Editor at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of six books, including The Tzniyus Book and The Taryag Companion. His latest work, The God Book, is available from OU Press as well as on Amazon.

Book Review: Roots & Rituals by Mitchell First

May 15, 2019, by

Roots & Rituals: Insights into Hebrew, Holidays and History Mitchell First Kodesh Press I can’t speak for you but this book was 100% up my alley, focusing as it does on linguistics/etymology and history/archaeology, each of which is a subject of interest to me. If any of these – especially the language aspect – is

Overcoming Religious Embarrassment By Just Being Wrong

May 7, 2019, by

A colleague recently heard someone pronounce a religious term differently from the way that she had always pronounced it. This made her concerned that perhaps she had always said it wrong. When such a thing happens, the ramification is that a person becomes retroactively self-conscious. “Have I been saying it wrong? For how long? Who

The Great Shoe Exchange

April 1, 2019, by

Years ago, my family lived on the upper floor of a two-family house. The landlord had exclusive use of the driveway, so my wife and I would park our cars on the street. Next door to us was an older widow, who owned a single-family home; she always parked in her own driveway. (This seems

Book Review: The Emoji Haggadah

March 26, 2019, by

I recently had occasion to review the Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel, which represents a novel approach to the traditional Seder text. Almost immediately upon completing this task, another unusual take on the Haggadah was brought to my attention for potential review: Martin Bodek’s The Emoji Haggadah. If a Haggadah in graphic novel format strikes you as

A Higher Standard: The Price of Fame

March 18, 2019, by

You’ve probably seen the news about the recent college admissions cheating scandal, in which wealthy parents paid exorbitant sums to buy their children’s way into prestigious colleges. The last time I looked, about 50 people had been indicted in this scandal but one name stands out, featuring again and again in news stories and social

What’s the Matter with Kids Today?

March 12, 2019, by

Remember the musical Bye Bye Birdie? In it, Paul Lynde sings this famous refrain: Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today! Kids! Who can understand anything they say? Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs – Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy loafers! And while we’re on the subject, Kids! You can talk and talk

Leaving Behind Our Spiritual DNA

March 4, 2019, by

I’m hesitant to springboard an article using something I read in Reader’s Digest but I always like to start at the beginning. My hesitancy to cite Reader’s Digest comes from my own prejudices about the magazine, based on the assumption that its readership is primarily women of a certain age, which I am not. (My wife

God on Your TV

February 26, 2019, by

A few months ago, a colleague suggested a television program called The Good Place, a highly-rated show that follows the adventures of a group of friends in the afterlife. My colleague thought that not only would I enjoy the show, it might make a good subject for an article. While my wife and I really

Righteous Indignation

February 4, 2019, by

Did you ever notice that some authority figures really don’t like it when lay people question them? I remember the following incident quite clearly: I was in college in nineteen-eighty-something, before the era of smartphones, GPS or even MapQuest. When we wanted directions in those days, we had to ask someone. At the time, I