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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.

All About Hoshanos

September 20, 2018, by

From OU Holidays! What are Hoshanos? Why do we say them? Why is the schedule the way it is? What’s “Ani Vaho?” Find out all this and more with this colorful, downloadable PDF!

You’re Capable of That

September 12, 2018, by

As I write this, we are in the midst of the Aseres Y’mei Teshuvah, the Ten Day of Repentance that last from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kippur. In the laws of Teshuvah (3:4), the Rambam tells us that a person should always consider himself as if his mitzvos equally balance his sins and the world’s

A Refresher Course on Bikkur Cholim

September 4, 2018, by

(This is the fifth and final installment in the series of articles on things I learned from my recent back surgery.) After my procedure, I was in the hospital for three days. While I was there, I didn’t entertain much. The first day was the day of the operation itself, so I spent the entire

In Praise of Waste Removal

August 28, 2018, by

(This is the fourth of five articles I’m writing about things I learned from my recent medical experiences. It is by far the most personal.) It’s no secret that I wasn’t raised Orthodox, though my family always had such leanings. My parents switched the family from a large, ornate Reform temple to a humble shtiebel

Things Happen; That’s Not Your Fault

August 14, 2018, by

In a previous article, we discussed the interplay of hishtadlus and emunah – human effort and faith in God, respectively. While the degree of our emunah may be fairly constant, the amount of hishtadlus we are able to invest can vary from situation to situation. If your car breaks down on the highway, a passenger

My Week in a Wheelchair

August 8, 2018, by

As I write this, I am recuperating from spine surgery. I found this experience to be very enlightening so it’s going to inform the content of my writing over the next few weeks. Long story short, I threw my back out in March. When it didn’t bounce back, I went to a doctor, who diagnosed

My True Ghost Story

July 30, 2018, by

The following is a true story. It takes place about two decades ago in the second-floor apartment of a two-family home. The stairs led from the front door straight to the living room. In that living room was the family computer, a big, clunky desktop job with a dial-up connection to AOL because that’s how