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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

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

Empty Cemeteries and Jewish Sovereignty

April 29, 2020, by

I just returned from the Gush Etzion cemetery having attended a very unusual Yom Hazikaron ceremony. It was a discouraging but also a triumphant experience. Let me explain. My family often refers to me as a crybaby¬-and they are right. When I witness an emotionally poignant situation, I find it difficult to suppress my tears.

Purim 2020

Megillat Esther is not just a story, let alone a simple one. There are lessons to be gleaned that can help us to address issues that are eclipsing life. Let’s begin with Haman the vizier who was able to pass a decree calling for our annihilation. How did we Jews ever get ourselves into the

Singing the Hadassim Blues in Memphis

October 10, 2019, by

With Sukkot on the horizon, one of my rabbinic tasks was making sure that the Young Israel of Memphis’s aravot (willow) and hadassim (myrtle) gardens were getting all the TLC they need. This year my concern grew after my wife, Layala, pointed out that while our aravot were thriving, many of the leaves of our