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Why Do People Hate Jews and Judaism?

May 22, 2015, by

As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot commemorating the acceptance of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, we are profoundly disturbed by the resurgence of global anti-Semitism. What seems not sufficiently understood is the deep connection between these two, Sinai and anti-Semitism. The link between the two can allow us

Memories of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

April 20, 2015, by

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, who passed away on Monday at the age of 81 was laid to rest earlier today in Har Hamenuchot in Jerusalem. An archived version of the hespedim from the levaya is available for watching: Read English translations of the hespedim. Nathan Diament, executive director of the OU Advocacy Center and a

Iran Deal’s Inspections Aren’t Kosher Yet

April 16, 2015, by

As the world’s largest kosher food certification agency, we at the Orthodox Union know a few things about inspection programs. Our “OU” logo is on nearly one million food products made in more than 90 countries, and some age-old Jewish rules about kosher supervision are relevant to the current debate over the proposed Iran nuclear

Statement from Israeli PM Netanyahu

June 30, 2014, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks this evening at the start of the Security Cabinet meeting: “With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel. They were abducted and murdered in cold

Bodies of Three Israeli Teens Found: Latest Updates

June 30, 2014, by

A massive search has tragically turned to national mourning as the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’er and Naftali Frenkel were found. Statement from the RCA and the OU on the tragedy Media reports about the tragic news coming out of Israel continue to emerge – view the news sources below for the latest updates:

Paralyzing Narratives: Why Peace Keeps Failing

May 13, 2014, by

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Journal. We’re so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, the

O’Connor’s Grandfather A Rabbi In Bridgeport?

May 12, 2014, by

This article first appeared in The Jewish Week. First, Catholic New York reported that the sister of Cardinal John O’Connor, the late archbishop of New York, had recently discovered that their mother was a Jewish woman who had converted to Catholicism at the age of 19. Thus, O’Connor was technically Jewish. Now, a Dix Hills,

Why I Tell My Kids About Tragedies

March 18, 2014, by

On Saturday night, I boarded a plane only hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had gone missing. I was out of town for a couple days and less connected to news than usual. Once I had safely landed from my return flight on Monday afternoon, my husband asked if I had heard about the missing

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