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Life

Part Psychologist, Part Activist – All Heart

July 8, 2005, by

One could call Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director of the OU’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities, a visionary; a man with a clear eye on the future. But as soon as he sees what could be, he gets right to the task and transforms his vision into reality – and the future quickly becomes a

Keeping Holy 9 to 5: The Spiritual Challenges of the Workplace

Maintaining Values on the Job – No Matter What Wholly apart from the serious halachic (commanded) infractions not dealt with here, the work environment can adversely affect one’s values and attitudes. Some individuals relegate their work life to insignificance, where their attitude is “What I do from 9 to 5 is nothing. I live for Shabbat…for my shiur.” While

Look Carefully: Lives at Work; And Working Wonders

June 24, 2005, by

Every day billions of people wake up, stumble to the bathroom, try to make out the face in the mirror, force a smile, and start another day. Once they reach their workplaces – the person becomes an employee. But, no matter the title, employees are human. Consequently, workplaces function as vibrant mini-communities. During an eight-hour

How Did a Reform Rabbi Become an Orthodox Jew?

June 17, 2005, by

My journey from Reform to Orthodox Judaism has taken many unusual turns. Perhaps the most unusual is that, despite living in Jerusalem and Brooklyn, it was not until I arrived in Peoria, Illinois, that I became a baal teshuvah. How did a Reform rabbi become an Orthodox Jew? I need to begin by explaining how

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plant (Part 1)

May 20, 2005, by

It’s early Monday morning in Any Town USA, UK, or ZA*. The birds sound their sweet welcome to the sun, school children hide under their covers, and an OU Rabbinic Field Representative (a.k.a. RFR’s) makes an unannounced visit at a food manufacturing plant. During the course of a year, 400 RFR’s travel across the roads

Re’eh: Shofar in Elul

January 18, 2005, by

There is an ancient custom to blow the shofar in Elul. The source is in the Midrash: “On Rosh Chodesh [Elul] the Holy One, blessed be He, said to Moshe: Ascend the mount unto Me. And they sounded the shofar in all the camp, that Moshe ascended the mount, so that they shouldn’t further err