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Remembering Shimon Peres z”l

September 29, 2016, by

On the morning after Yom Kippur in September 1993 Senator Moynihan and I had a private meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres after his public appearance at the Park East Synagogue. Senator Moynihan had requested the meeting at the behest of my Rebbe, Rav Ahron Soloveichik, who had a number of questions about the

Where’s the Outrage?

August 3, 2016, by

On Sunday, July 31, the New York Post published nude photographs of Donald Trump’s wife Melania, a former model, from a defunct French men’s magazine. This apparently warranted the front page, as well as the classy headline “The Ogle Office.” In a perfect world, this would not be done. In a semi-perfect world, the backlash would have

New Archaeological Finds in Israel Bring Ancient History to Life

July 11, 2016, by

After more than 30 years of excavating the remains of a Philistine city, a team of archaeologists says it believes it has found a cemetery belonging to the Philistines, an ancient people on the outskirts of Ashkelon, the New York Times reports. And to the north, on a hill above the Kinneret, archaeologists have discovered one

Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Maurice Lamm z”l

July 1, 2016, by

Rabbi Maurice Lamm, noted Torah scholar and author of “The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning” passed away Wednesday night at the age of 86. He was also the brother of former Yeshiva University Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm. The Jewish Way in Death in Mourning was a pioneering halachic work when it was released over

Thank Your Members of Congress for Grants to Shuls and Schools

June 30, 2016, by

This week, 50 OU member schools and synagogues were awarded Nonprofit Security Grants (NSGP) of up to $75,000 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These grants will be used to acquire and install necessary fencing and lighting, video surveillance and metal detectors, and reinforced doors, locks, and windows at schools and synagogues across the

Girl, 11, killed when tree falls on cabin at Jewish camp in Indiana

June 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: An 11-year-old girl was killed Tuesday morning when a tree fell on a cabin at a Jewish camp in Indiana. In the accident at Camp Livingston in Bennington, a healthy tree was struck by lightning during a severe storm and fell on a cabin where campers were sleeping, the camp said in

British Jewry faces Brexit vote with fear and trepidation

June 22, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: LONDON — As Britain heads into the last few days of campaigning before the historic referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union, only one thing is clear: This will be a narrow, knife-edge, vote. Just a week ago those pressing for “Brexit” — a British exit

Orlando—the Wrath of Man

June 15, 2016, by

Even if the victims of a tragedy offend your religious sensibilities, you’re still not God’s designated spokesman. After being incommunicado for three days following the combination of Shabbos and Shavuos, I did what so many of us did: I logged onto Facebook. I posted a few pieces of lighthearted ephemera, as one does, but then

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

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