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Traveling in South Africa – Part II

January 16, 2019, by

In our last column we recounted some of the itinerary of a pair of clients on their tour of South Africa. As we said, South Africa is a wonderful destination for the Orthodox traveler, home to beautiful scenery, fascinating attractions, and bountiful Kosher food. Considering that this week’s Parashah is talking about the Jewish people’s

Traveling in South Africa

January 2, 2019, by

Is this week’s parsha the first time the Torah mentions an itinerary? דרך שלשת ימים נלך במדבר, “A trip of three days we shall take in the wilderness…” (Shemot 8:23) Interestingly, the Maharal, in Netzach Yisroel, uses this verse as a proof text that a journey is not considered a “far” one, unless it is

Deciphering Travel Jargon

December 19, 2018, by

The Jewish people have long been known as “The People of the Book.” Language, the meaning of words and phrases, and wrapping complicated concepts in shorthand terms, are familiar ideas to anyone who has gone through our educational system. In fact, this week’s Parashah – Vayechi – has an interesting example of where Chazal knew

Choosing the Right Hotel and Tips for a Safe Vacation

December 5, 2018, by

Choosing the right hotel is one of the most important parts of your vacation. After all, it’s the place you leave from in the morning, ready to start your day, and where you return in the evening for relaxation and a good night’s sleep, so you can wake up refreshed and ready to go. Everyone’s

Mickey Rosenfeld, Israel’s Police Spokesman, Visits OU HQ

November 12, 2015, by

One of the most dangerous elements of the recent wave of terror in Israel is who the attackers are. “They are young Israeli Arabs who are part of Israeli society, who work with us, come inside our schools, hospitals,” explained Superintendent Mickey Rosenfeld, foreign press spokesperson for the Israeli Police. “The attacks are sporadic. [Terrorists]

Stranded in Germany—What Do You Do?

November 10, 2015, by

Leo “Zeidi” Bleier, father of the author. Growing up, my father always used to tell me that I had to learn to take care of myself. If I was ever in trouble, he explained, no one would help me. His attitude wasn’t a surprise: my late father survived Dachau. Known to all as Zeidi Leo,

Meet Your Long-Lost Jewish Family—In India!

November 4, 2015, by

Known for its exhilarating tours across the Holy Land, OU Israel thought it was high time for an off the beaten track adventure overseas. They’ve set out to discover India—Jewish India. And unlike Columbus, they made sure to hire top-notch navigators. Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky and Dr. Ari Greenspan, a globe-trotting duo for over three

Midwest NCSY Welcomes a New Sefer Torah to the Jewish People

October 19, 2015, by

NCSY Turns an unfortunate event into a unforgettable learning opportunity When Midwest NCSY found itself with a posul, unusable, Sefer Torah at its annual winter Shabbaton, they turned an unfortunate situation in to an unforgettable learning opportunity: the chance to welcome a new Sefer Torah to the Jewish people—a Sefer Torah that was partially written

WALES, All Castles and Dragons

As a youngster growing up, many family vacations were spent in Wales. A country of amazing culture, history, sights and countryside especially in the North where we visited frequently. The view of Mount Snowdown, from the village of Capel Curig Wales is located on a peninsula in central-west Great Britain. It is about the size