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Connecting to the Churban Through Personal Adversity

June 18, 2018, by

Rabbi Shmuel Bloom talks about his life-changing experience and dealing with personal adversity. How do we connect to the churban? We all have our own personal churban, how do we overcome those events. How can we use that to imagine what it must have been like to suffer the loss of the Beit HaMikdash? How

It’s Hard to Be Wrong; It’s Even Harder to Admit It

June 13, 2018, by

  Accountability for our own actions is a concept not really discussed in today’s world. But it’s the key to stopping an endless downward spiral to disaster. Ariela Davis is the Director of Judaics at Addlestone Hebrew Academy and the Rebbetzin of Brith Sholom Beth Israel, the historic shul of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. She

Shavuot and Mother’s Day

May 16, 2018, by

Shavuot follows Mother’s Day this year. What do the themes of these days have in common? Find out in this video from Parent Educator, Adina Soclof.

Reflections of a (Then-)New Olah on the Six Day War

April 17, 2018, by

Bracha Slae made aliyah with her husband in 1966 to Beer Sheva, then a border town, a year before the Six Day War. She shares her experience as a new olah in the time leading up to, during, and in the aftermath of the war. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Watch: Kosher Certification: Behind the Scene with Reserve Cut’s Rabbi

April 4, 2016, by

How does one of the best steak houses in New York keep kosher? Billy Lyons of Zagat spent a day with OU Mashgiach Rabbi Hyam Maryles who supervises the kashruth of Reserve Cut in Downtown Manhattan. Each day, Rabbi Maryles arrives hours before the restaurant opens to ensure that Reserve Cut’s acclaimed dishes maintain the

5 Young Chinese Women Arrive in Israel to Make Aliyah

February 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Five women in their 20s from the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng arrived in Israel to make aliyah. The women, who have been studying Hebrew and Judaism in their native Kaifeng, arrived on Monday and then traveled to the Western Wall. They must still undergo a formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate

Remembering Kristallnacht

November 9, 2015, by

Yad Vashem posted this survivor’s testimony. Arnold Goldsmith was born in Fulda, Germany, in 1922. After surviving Buchenwald, he immigrated to America and served in the United States Army. He moved to Israel in 1966. The neighborhood women, non-Jewish friends of the family, waited outside with their aprons collecting the family’s belongings as they were

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Slams BDS Movement

November 9, 2015, by

From Channel 4 News. “The supporters of this so-called boycott are a bunch of corduroy-jacketed lefty academics,” Boris Johnson gave his view on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel during his trip to build economic ties with Tel Aviv.   Boris on the boycott of Israel “The supporters of this so-called boycott are