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My Plea to the Jewish Communtiy

June 15, 2016, by

The following article was published in the Queens Jewish Link. Although I am only 24 years old, I see myself as having achieved more than most young adults.  A college graduate with a 3.94 GPA who balanced school, extracurricular activities, and other life responsibilities, I never could have predicted that I would one day be

OU Condemns Violent Attack in Florida

June 14, 2016, by

No American should be assailed for their personal identity. After the conclusion of the Jewish Sabbath and Holiday of Shavuot, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America stated its condemnation for the violent attack in Orlando, Florida. Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s executive director for public policy stated: “The Orthodox Union strongly condemns the

Twenty Minutes of Action: An Indefensible Revictimization

June 8, 2016, by

I didn’t follow the case of Brock Turner too closely. He’s the Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of raping an unconscious 22-year-old woman. Ultimately, he got six months – with the possibility of a reduction for good behavior – because the judge was concerned that prison would have a “severe impact” on Turner. Many

Savitsky Talks: Is the Torah in Favor of Gun Control?

June 7, 2016, by

In this episode of Savitsky Talks, Stephen Savitsky talks with Rabbi Josh Flug about his latest article for Jewish Action where he discussed the Jewish perspective on gun control. Savitsky is the former chairman of the board and a past president of the Orthodox Union. Savitsky Talks is a weekly 20 minute audio program with interviews

Every Vote Counts in Local Elections

May 23, 2016, by

Just how important is it to vote in local elections? Maury Litwack, Director of State Political Affairs for OU Advocacy, explains in The Five Towns Jewish Times: There’s nothing like a Presidential election to boost our patriotism and dedication to the political process. But when it comes to improving our daily lives, there’s nothing like

I Accidentally Hired an Orthodox Rabbi for My Father’s Funeral

May 11, 2016, by

Adele Levin writes for The Washington Post about how she accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for her father’s funeral. Levin only realizes after meeting Rabbi Eli Fink that she’s called the wrong rabbi and the mix-up has the makings of a screwball comedy: “We gathered in the funeral home: my sister, my Swiss mother with

Massive Flooding Damages Houston Jewish Communities

April 20, 2016, by

From the JTA: Massive flooding has caused serious damage to the Jewish community of Houston for the second time in less than a year and just days before Passover. Dozens of homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Meyerland and Willow Meadows reported significant flood damage as of Tuesday morning from the extremely heavy rainfall in

Two 16-year-old Chabad girls reported missing near Orlando found unharmed

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Two 16-year-old girls from the Chabad-Lubavitch community who went missing during a Shabbat afternoon walk while on a class trip in Orlando, Florida, were found in a nearby area of densely wooded swampland. It took rescue teams more than an hour on Sunday morning to reach the girls, identified as Rivka Moshe and Brocha Katz,

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