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World Mourns the Loss of Kurt Rothschild, z”l

July 21, 2022, by

With profound sadness, the Orthodox Union joins the Jewish world in mourning the passing of Mr. Kurt Rothschild, z”l, who passed away on Sunday in Israel. Mr. Rothschild was the longtime president of the World Mizrachi Movement, an important builder of the Canadian Jewish community, and a driving force behind scores of significant projects benefitting Jewish communities in

Make This Summer Super Simple for You and Your Kids

June 29, 2022, by

It is that time of year again. Summer is here! It often strikes dread in the hearts of parents. However, we can enjoy our summers. We can keep it simple and fun. So don’t despair, get out the sunscreen, your lawn furniture and grill and enjoy your summer. Here are 8 super simple ways that

Memorial Day Memories: A Visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center

May 29, 2022, by

As a congregational rabbi, I often visit people in hospitals and other health care facilities. While each building may look different, with the exception of one hospital I vividly remember visiting, those differences are rather minute. In April of 2009, while living in Harrisburg, PA, I spent a day visiting patients at Walter Reed Army

Book Review: The Shakespeare Haggadah

April 6, 2022, by

The Shakespeare Haggadah Martin Bodek 200 pages Post Hill Press, 2022 A few years ago, I reviewed Martin Bodek’s first Haggadah, The Emoji Haggadah. Written completely (and I do mean “completely!”) in emojis, I found the book to be impressive in that he could actually accomplish such a feat, as well as a fun and challenging

Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph at BoardCon

April 1, 2022, by

Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph, EVP and COO of the OU, speaking on a panel at Nonprofit BoardCon this week, with a tremendous message on “disagreeing agreeably.”

Remembering Past-OU President Dr. Mendy Ganchrow, z”l

February 16, 2022, by

We mourn the passing of Dr. Mandell I. Ganchrow, z”l, a former President of the Orthodox Union (1994-2000), Chairman of the Board of Directors (2000-2002) and longstanding OU Officer. After retiring from a successful medical practice, Dr. Ganchrow chose to dedicate his life to klal work. Under his leadership, the OU founded its public policy

Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2022, by

As we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we sadly recognize how the scourge of antisemitism continues to affect us. As noted last week in a strikingly candid and disturbing opinion piece in the WSJ: “… It will be an ever-shrinking percentage (of Jews) who will actually be in harm’s way. The Jews at risk of

Securing Our Tents, Protecting Our Future

January 20, 2022, by

This article originally appeared in Dialogue, No. 7 in the Summer 5777/2017 issue. Reprinted with permission. Child sexual abuse presents a confounding paradox: few want to discuss it, but all want immunity from it. One pernicious form of this abuse, incest, receives even less attention despite the wreckage it leaves in its wake. Over the