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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

The Future of Empowered Parenting Begins in Houston

January 13, 2022, by

This past Monday, the OU’s department of Community Projects & Partnerships launched its Empowered Parenting Initiative in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Rabbi Phil Karesh. Along with Cincinnati, these two cities form the pilot of this initiative, which is a research-based, digestible parenting initiative that the OU hopes will move the needle in the

Tell Congress: Bring Hadar Goldin and His Fellow Soldiers Back Home

December 23, 2021, by

Watch a message from Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer, then read below to learn how you can help:     An important Letter from Daniel Victor, vice president of the Hadar Goldin Foundation: I’m writing on behalf of Leah and Simha Goldin with a request for]Jewish American voters to support our efforts

After the Storm: Dispatch from Kentucky

December 23, 2021, by

Debris littered the landscape as far as the eye could see. Mayfield, Kentucky is a disaster zone. This past week, I joined Masbia Soup Kitchen and its relief team on a mission to Mayfield, one of the most hard-hit cities from the recent deadly tornado. There, we met the Seavers family – long-time local and