“Backpacking”: A Potential Solution to the Tuition Crisis

July 13, 2011, by

The Blaine Amendment, which is currently written into 40 state constitutions might be show stoppers in getting government funds for private schools. With that in mind, I refer our readers to Howie Beigelman’s recent op-ed in the Indy Star, reprinted below. Mr. Beigelman serves as the Orthodox Union’s Deputy Director for public policy. The Blaine

Gratitude to Greece

July 13, 2011, by

OU LETTERS TO GREEK OFFICIALS, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER, EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR PREVENTING SHIPS TO GAZA FROM LEAVING GREEK PORTS AND WATERS The Orthodox Union has sent letters of gratitude to three high Greek officials, including Prime Minister George Papandreou, acknowledging their helpfulness to Israel on the recent flotilla challenge by taking steps to prevent ships

Ask OU Kosher About “Holy Fries”

July 13, 2011, by

July 2011 By Rabbi Chaim Goldberg OU Rabbinic Coordinator To submit questions for future columns, please send them to {encode=”” title=””}, or call the Kosher Consumer Hotline, at 212-613-8241. “Holy Fries” Q: How are industrial French fries made? A: Exactly who came up with the idea of French fries is a matter of serious debate

Slice of Life, Sliders

July 13, 2011, by

Please note: Eileen Goltz is a freelance kosher food writer. The Orthodox Union makes no endorsements or representations regarding kashrut certification of various products/vendors referred to in her articles, blog, or web site. Certain produce requires careful examination and scrutiny for any bugs and insects. For more information, please visit : OU Fruit and Vegetable

Masechet Hullin – 12a-18b

July 7, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights

Balak – Consideration Towards Widows

July 7, 2011, by

In many places, the Torah commands us to show special consideration towards widows. For example: [1] In a number of places the Torah admonishes us to include them among the needy whom we are obliged to help with charity, tithes etc. Devarim 14:29, 16:11, 16:14, 24:19-21; 26:12-13. [2] There is a special prohibition against causing

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