Shabbat Shalom – Parshat Pinchas

July 15, 2011, by

  “Backpacking”: A Potential Solution to the Tuition Crisis By Dr. Simcha Katz “Backpacking” is a term which means government education money follows the student. The government sets aside the cost of educating the student and pays funds to whatever school the student is attending (for secular educational studies), whether the school be public, private

Masechet Hullin – 19a-25b

July 14, 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. Hullin 19a-b – Contrasting ordinary ritual slaughter with Temple service The Mishnah on today’s daf (=page)

Pinchas – Intermarriage

July 14, 2011, by

In our parsha, Pinchas receives a special eternal blessing for his zeal in preventing intermarriage between the Jewish men and the Midianite women. Intermarriage is considered one of the most severe breaches in Jewish tradition, and the desire to prevent it is the main reason for the prohibition on many kinds of foods prepared by

“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