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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.

Us, Tonya

January 16, 2018, by

Here’s an odd little tidbit: Nancy Kerrigan is one of my heroes. This is an unusual statement for a variety of reasons. First of all, I care precious little for sports in general. I don’t watch the Olympics. If I were to rank all the sports that I don’t care about, figure skating would probably

You’re Right, Too

January 10, 2018, by

Two neighbors were fighting over a financial dispute. They couldn’t reach an agreement, so they took their case to the local rabbi. The rabbi heard the first litigant’s case, nodded his head and said, “You’re right.” The second litigant then stated his case. The rabbi heard him out, nodded again and said, “You’re also right.”

Lorde Giveth, Lorde Taketh Away

January 4, 2018, by

It’s been big news: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor – the singer more popularly known as Lorde – canceled a planned concert in Israel because of flak she had been receiving from fans. Reaction has been mixed. On the one hand, the Forward ran an op-ed entitled “Thank You, Lorde, For Standing Up For Palestinian Human

Fire Safety Revisited

January 3, 2018, by

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the devastating Chanukah fire in Brooklyn. In that piece, I discussed the impossibility of deriving a lesson from such a senseless tragedy. The piece was well-received and widely-distributed but I would like to revisit the topic based on some feedback that I received. One Facebook commenter was upset

Looks Like We Made It: OU, Chabad Conquer Comic Books

December 26, 2017, by

Since 1939, when the Human Torch and Sub-Mariner first appeared in Marvel Mystery Comics #1, one question has plagued aficionados of four-color literature: does the Orthodox Union exist in the Marvel Universe? Finally, that question has been laid to rest thanks to Ms. Marvel #25, released on December 20, 2017. First, some background. For the

Protecting Our Legacies

December 26, 2017, by

In tractate Taanis (5b), Rabbi Nachman makes a bold statement: Our forefather Yaakov never died. This actually makes a lot of sense. After all, Genesis 25:8 tells us explicitly that Avraham died. Genesis 35:29 says overtly that Yitzchak died. For that matter, Genesis 5:5 says that Adam died, 9:29 tells us that Noach died and

When There Are No Words, There Can Be No Lessons

December 20, 2017, by

Readers of OU Life and Shabbat Shalom are likely already familiar with the tragedy that took place this past week, during the joyous holiday of Chanukah. I refer, of course, to the tragic house fire that took the lives of four members of the Azan family. At 2:00 AM on the sixth night of Chanukah

Is Chanukah the “Jewish Christmas?”

December 11, 2017, by

A true story: years ago, I chaperoned a delegation of teens to a conference whose participants represented the youth leadership of their various organizations. All told, there were perhaps 200 Jewish teenagers staying in a single hotel. I was in the sundry shop when I overheard the cashier talking with a representative from one of

Reacting to #YesAllWomen: A Primer for Men

December 7, 2017, by

It was a Torah portion I had heard umpteen times before but current events made the “punch line” all the more powerful. In parshas VaYishlach, we read about the rape of Yaakov’s daughter Dina by the individual known as Shechem. As a consequence, her brothers Shimon and Levi wiped out the residents of the city

You Can Do It! (But Should You?)

November 30, 2017, by

I’ve put on some weight recently. I’m okay with that. I’m not a health-and-fitness columnist but I’ve had occasion to discuss such things, overtly or obliquely, in various articles over the years. For the longest time, my goal was to break 200 lbs. – a goal I never considered achievable. With the help of some intense

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