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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.

On Carey Purcell and Jewish Men

April 12, 2018, by

Immediately prior to Passover, I posted an article on Anti-Semitic Canards, a phenomenon that is all too common in what is supposed to be an enlightened era. Carey Purcell’s bewildering and poorly-received diatribe on dating, which came out in the Washington Post over the course of Passover, continues that theme quite nicely – at least as “nicely”

Anti-Semitic Canards

March 27, 2018, by

There have been a lot of accusations of anti-Semitism lately, and an equal number of excuses. First, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Jews, rather than Russians, might be behind US election tampering. This was generally accepted as an unfounded attack on a minority group, though defenders pointed out that Putin was responding to a

Did the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz Redeem Himself?

March 20, 2018, by

I shouldn’t have to say this but Nazis are bad. Unambiguously, unequivocally bad. I point that out at the outset because of the possibility that someone will misinterpret my upcoming words and say that I’m defending a Nazi. That is absolutely not what’s going on here. That having been said, you may have heard that

Our Embarrassing Relatives

March 12, 2018, by

I have never heard of these women and I’ve barely heard of their mother. Apparently, the four Oshry sisters are social media stars. (Yes, that’s a thing.) The four sisters – Claudia, Jackie, Margo and Olivia – run Instagram meme and food accounts under the names @GirlWithNoJob, @JackieOProblems, @HungoverAndHungry_ and @OliviaOshry with a cumulative 2.8

When Did “Prayer” Become a Dirty Word?

March 5, 2018, by

“Thoughts and prayers” are out of fashion. We first saw pushback to “thoughts and prayers” following the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. It intensified in 2015, in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. Following the recent Florida school shooting, the online community no longer has any patience whatsoever for “thoughts and prayers.” Initially,

Love Your Teammate as Yourself: A Lesson from the Olympics

February 21, 2018, by

I previously wrote how Nancy Kerrigan was one of my heroes. I’ve always found it inspirational how she bounced back from the injury she received in her unprovoked attack, taking the silver medal. But it’s easy to be inspired by the winners. Sometimes, however, we can be inspired by those who “also ran.” A beautiful

Death Be Not Proud

February 13, 2018, by

I say the following without irony: if you find discussions of death upsetting or triggering, skip this article. I’ve been wanting to write about death for some time now but I’ve postponed it because of various passings and people I know who were in aveilus (mourning). I didn’t want to talk about death when people

Have We Learned Nothing?

February 6, 2018, by

You may have heard of the tragic accident last week in which a train hit a garbage truck. The train was carrying Republican members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to a retreat in West Virginia. Neither the politicians nor their families were seriously injured but a passenger in the truck was killed. And

A Quick Lesson from the Super Bowl

February 5, 2018, by

Perhaps you noticed the little problem at the start of Super Bowl LII: the NFL forgot to paint hash marks over the logos. Because the Super Bowl was in Minnesota, a crew had to remove the Vikings logos from the field and paint in those of the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, plus

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