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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.

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

This Is the Greatest Threat to the Jewish Community

December 2, 2021, by

Watch OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer reflect on the greatest need in the Jewish community. Rabbi Hauer elaborates further in an article in the Jewish Link. The greatest threat facing the Jewish community is getting the least attention. Communal concern regarding antisemitism and the threat of physical violence against Jewish institutions and individuals

Three Keys to Being Happy

November 17, 2021, by

When the Founding Fathers included the pursuit of happiness as an American right and entitlement, it is almost as if they conceded that happiness can be pursued, but it is unlikely to ever be attained. If you look around, you can’t help but notice that for many, the pursuit has grown tiring and indeed, many

Remembering Aaron Feuerstein z”l, the Mensch of Malden Mills

November 5, 2021, by

Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet – Blessed is the true Judge” seems almost superfluous when acts of stunning charity, seismic humanity and sublime kiddush Hashem were someone’s legacy. How can Hashem not favorably judge such an individual? This morning I learned that Mr. Aaron Feuerstein was niftar last night. Mr. Feuerstein, an Orthodox Jew, was a Boston