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Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

November 11, 2020, by

The Orthodox Union joins the Jewish community and the world in mourning the loss of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l. Rabbi Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom for 22 years, served as a profoundly eloquent teacher of Torah and spokesman for Torah values within the Jewish community and beyond. He was an intellectual

An Empty Chair at the Seder

April 20, 2016, by

In this moving piece over at The Times of Israel, Howie Beigelman reflects about having a seder without his father who died last year. Last year, the seder – all of Pesach really – was a blur. We were hardly up from shloshim, the first thirty days of mourning, for my dad. He was on

Orthodox Man Killed in Crane Collapse

February 8, 2016, by

David Wichs z’l was killed on Feb. 5 when a crane collapsed in New York City. Wichs, a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush and Harvard University, emigrated to the United States with his family from Czechoslovakia. He and his wife davened at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in the Upper East Side. “We honor a very unique man

Survival in Shanghai

November 25, 2015, by

As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I either avoid or obsess over this dark period of Jewish history. This week, I couldn’t avoid it. I was asked to cover the US premiere of a film called Survival in Shanghai, a Chinese-made documentary that tells the story of more than 25,000 European Jews who barely escaped

Saying Goodbye to Ezra at the Airport

November 24, 2015, by

It is not uncommon to find people saying farewell in an airport. People hug each other. Sometimes you will see people wiping away tears. Tonight was totally different. A thousand people came to the airport to say goodbye to Ezra Schwartz z”l who was being flown back for his burial in is home in Boston.

Masechet Gittin 14a-20b

July 24, 2008, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Gittin 14a-b Our Gemara discusses cases in which a person is sent to deliver money to