A Kiddush Hashem in Montana

November 18, 2015, by

Montana isn’t exactly known for its large Jewish population but that was no reflection of its sense of Jewish brotherhood. When 300 passengers on an El Al Tel Aviv to Los Angeles flight had to make an emergency landing in Billings, Montana due to engine concerns, Jewish locals came to the rescue. According to,

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

Should Jonathan Pollard Bentch Gomel?

November 4, 2015, by

Jonathan Pollard is scheduled this month for release after spending thirty years in prison. He was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to spying on the United States. There are two possible responses to release after such a long sentence. One is to become bitter over the time lost, the life that could

What My Family Gained from the Mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim

October 29, 2015, by

In this week’s Parsha we learn all about the mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim from our forefather Avraham. My family really enjoys this mitzvah. Our morning blessings state that for this mitzvah, “man receives his reward in this world and the world to come.” We find this to be really true. While I hope that we

The Irreplaceable Lives We Lost

October 7, 2015, by

Commenting on the tragedy of the Holocaust, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once said, “It’s not just the number six million. We lost so many holy people.” These words kept circling in my mind the last few days… “Its not just the number—we lost so many holy people.” The media reported: “Four people murdered in two terrorist

Savitsky Talks: Rabbi Alex Ozar—Author of Headaches and Head Coverings

September 16, 2015, by

In this segment of Savitsky Talks, Stephen Savitsky talks with Rabbi Alex Ozar, a YU musmach who is currently pursuing a PH.D. at Yale in philosophy of religion. Rabbi Ozar wrote the incredibly popular three-part series, “Headaches and Head Coverings.” Rabbi Ozar writes about the reasons why he wrote the series and the laws and

Why Can’t We Argue Civilly?

September 8, 2015, by

Orthodox Judaism emphasizes Talmud study. Some people love the analysis and debate format of the Talmud but other people prefer studying the final decisions of the Talmud. They don’t enjoy the argument and discussion in the Talmud, and they most certainly do not love the layer upon layer of subsequent debate about the arguments in

Don’t Put Off Having the Talk

June 22, 2015, by

This article was originally published on the Boca Raton Synagogue blog. When I was a kid, the most difficult and awkward conversation between parents and children was the talk about “the birds and the bees.” Due to the Internet, increasingly graphic pop culture and explicit billboards and ads, today’s children can be considered precocious in

OU Certified Community Building

June 16, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on – reprinted with permission As far as quick mental associations go, Orthodox Union Israel executive director Rabbi Avi Berman understands that when most Jews think about his organization, they imagine the back of a Heinz ketchup bottle. “The first thing that comes up when you say ‘OU’ is kosher

Something to Wrap Your Head Around

June 4, 2015, by

It’s an educational forum. It’s a skills-building website. It’s a communal sanctuary to discuss the deeper, the spiritual, the real. It’s a sisterhood connector. It’s a morale builder. It gives options to the clueless, and inspires the doubtful. It’s a trend that’s not a trend. It’s a revolution that’s been developing for the past few

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