Jewish Action spoke with Rabbi Nir Koren, rabbi of the main Jewish community in Ecuador, and Rabbi Shoshan Ghoori, OU director of international relations, Latin America, to find out why a little-known Jewish community is experiencing a religious renaissance.
In the essays that follow, we pay tribute to the powerful and enduring influence of our mothers.
High Cost of Burial As a rabbi, I truly appreciated Rabbi Akiva Males’ article entitled “What’s In Your Anti-Cremation Toolkit?” (summer 2018). However, I believe there is one main issue that was not addressed in the article. Often relatives point out that a cremation costs about $1,000 while a...
At the American Jewish Press Association Conference, held last week, Jewish Action won a Simon Rockower Award for a feature story entitled “The Contemporary Rebbetzin.” The article, which won First Place for Excellence in Writing about Women, explored the ever-changing, ever-demanding role of the contemporary rebbetzin. Written by Avigayil Perry, the...
When American Orthodoxy was in its infancy, well before the day school movement, the idealistic, energetic women of the OU Women’s Branch persevered to build and strengthen religious life amidst significant challenges.
Even amid routine practices, on occasion we find ourselves acting by rote, lacking a freshness in our spiritual lives.
The best way to identify a good topic is to select something you would want to hear about. Simply ask yourself, “What topic would I like to hear discussed and how would I want to hear it presented?”
The main thing is just to start and not be worried about understanding and retaining everything the first time around. The more you learn the more you’ll understand and remember later on.
When you speak to someone on the telephone, for instance, you may not know what the individual looks like but you can certainly speak with him. So why can’t you talk to Hakadosh Baruch Hu even though His presence is hidden?
It’s important to keep in mind that davening from the amud is not a performance.