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Rabbi Moshe Hauer

Not Even Remotely Close: It’s Time to Return to our Houses of Faith

June 3, 2021, by

Like every other aspect of society, we in the religious community are grappling with the challenges of reopening. Yet while debates rage about complete, partial, or no return to the physical business office, communities of faith must not settle for anything less than the real thing. We must return to our houses of faith. The

Obstacles in Pursuit of Peace

May 21, 2021, by

This is a challenging time for the State of Israel and for Klal Yisrael, and we are all feeling it. “As one person with one heart,” we share in the grief of the bereaved, in the pain of the wounded, and in the traumatic upheaval experienced by the millions of our brothers and sisters, adults

The Torah of Yerushalayim

May 6, 2021, by

Did Klal Yisrael embrace Torah or was it foisted upon us? Are we G-d’s people because of our enthusiastic embrace of that mission, na’aseh v’nishmah,ַ or because G-d held the mountain threateningly over our heads, kafah alav har k’gigit? Apparently, there is a dual nature to our relationship with G-d and Torah, that includes both

In Commemoration of Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 8, 2021, by

A letter from OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Dear Friends, The Holocaust was a period in history that demonstrated the human capacity to fail at our fundamental mission to merge power and goodness. It was a time when many used their human power to destroy, while many others stood by as if they

A Tale of Two Seders: The Pandemic Passover 2.0

March 24, 2021, by

This Passover presents a critical opportunity for us to bridge the strength of home and the power of community. Passover 2020 was a time for scrapping elaborate plans, cancelling family get-togethers and figuring out how to make the holiday yourself without the requisite Passover utensils or even being able to enter a food store. We

Purim 2021: Marking a Year Since Our World Turned Upside Down

February 25, 2021, by

In the coming days, Jews will celebrate the Purim festival, a holiday built on the theme of how everything can instantly be turned upside down. In the original Purim story, a day dedicated to the destruction of the Jews became the day of their triumph, while the gallows prepared for the Jewish leader Mordechai were

Closing the Door: A Pandemic Chanukah Gift

December 10, 2020, by

This Chanukah we must learn to celebrate the gift of a closed door. Yeshayahu (26:20) said: “Go my people, come into your chambers and close your door behind you, hide for a moment until the wrath passes.” It is this verse that the Talmud (Bava Kamma 60b) cites in providing its own public health guidance