Life

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 An archived version of the hespedim from the levaya is available for watching: Read English translations of the hespedim.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

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, modern Orthodox visionary, dies at 81

April 20, 2015, by

Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, the head of a prestigious religious-Zionist yeshiva and an Israel Prize winner for his contributions to rabbinic scholarship, died on Monday at the age of 81. Lichtenstein, who earned his doctorate in English literature from Harvard University, was considered a giant in the modern Orthodox world. Lichtenstein was born in France

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

Was a Parah Adumah Discovered in New Jersey?

March 31, 2015, by

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer or Parah Adumah, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey. TheCoolJew.com investigated.

Live Election Coverage from Arutz 7 and the OU

March 17, 2015, by

Arutz Sheva and the Orthodox Union will hold a special late night (in Israel) audio and videocast as the results of the Israeli election come. in this evening. It will feature Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of OU Israel, together with Ari Soffer, Arutz-7 managing editor, and Yoni Kempinski, video correspondent for Arutz Sheva. Many

The Complicated Politics of a School-Donation Tax Credit

March 4, 2015, by

Of all the plot lines in the 2015 budget process, the fight over a school-donation tax credit may turn out to be the most complicated. The Catholic Church and a broad swath of other religious and community organizations have built support over several years for a controversial tax credit that would incentivize donations to private

New Prenup Aims to Nip Jewish Divorce Refusal

March 3, 2015, by

Rabbinical and legal experts met Sunday to formulate a legal loophole that will enable women to file for divorce in a Jewish court of law — an attempt to mitigate a practice whereby only a man can issue a get or Jewish divorce. According to Jewish law, if a husband refuses to issue his wife

DC Rally in Support of PM Netanyahu – Tuesday, 3/5

February 28, 2015, by

EMET is urging supporters and friends to join a massive rally at U.S. Capitol West in Washington, D.C. (the front grassy area in front of the Capitol building) on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress. The Prime Minister will speak about