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Life

Need a boost? You’ve come to the right place. Stories and essays that center around the depth and beauty of life.

I Didn’t Cry…

January 18, 2023, by

“I didn’t cry… but I came really close. And, truth be told, grandpa did.” Jeff Korbman, OU Director of Foundations & Strategic Partnerships, describes his meaningful experience on a recent trip to Israel. “While I could not count how many mezuzot I have affixed in my lifetime, I can tell anyone which was the most

Book Review: Dimensions in Chumash

October 3, 2022, by

Dimensions in Chumash: Bereishis * Shemos Rabbi Immanuel Bernstein Mosaica Press 534 pages As editor of the OU Torah web site, literally dozens of shiurim and divrei Torah cross my virtual desk each week and, baruch Hashem, I pick up a lot of Torah through osmosis. But as much as I would like to, the

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