Author: Martin Nachimson

Reflections on My Presidency

By Martin Nachimson As many of you know, this is my last column in these pages as my term as president will come to an end this January. Reflecting on my presidency, I feel a sense of immense pride. I am truly amazed at the extraordinary changes that have...

Recognizing Orthodox Support of Israel

We stand with Israel; whether that means opposing the Iran Deal, fighting the BDS movement, or mobilizing communal, media and US government support for Israel, we are and will continue to be there for Israel.

Advisors: the Heart and Soul of the OU

This past year, NCSY reached 19,000 kids in nearly 200 cities across the US and Canada. In May alone, NCSY ran 1,361 events in 191 cities. To what can we attribute NCSY’s extraordinary success?

The Four Sons Redefined

How do we excite our children about Judaism? This is a question most Orthodox parents will ask themselves at one time or another.

Creating Light in the Darkness

For months . . . Israel faced with a new terrorist phenomenon . . . violent uprisings by the Palestinians . . . its purpose was to drive from all of Eretz Yisrael—including Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv . . . Instead of focusing on the...

The Meaning of Sacrifice

The Meaning of Sacrifice I never tire of hearing about NCSYers who are moser nefesh for Yiddishkeit. I never tire of hearing about the twelve-year- old girl who decides to stop riding in a car on Shabbat or the teenager who is the only one in his entire public school...

In-reach or Outreach? The Perennial Dilemma

By Martin Nachimson There was much hand-wringing when the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” was first released in October 2013. We all bemoaned the devastating intermarriage rates among the non-Orthodox (at 71.5 percent), and the slow but steady erosion of American Jewish life. On the positive...

Four Decades at the OU

By Martin Nachimson I often reflect on the fact that I have been involved with the Orthodox Union for more than four decades. And during those past four decades, I have witnessed much change take place, not only at the OU, but in the American Orthodox community at large....

The Blood Libels of the Twenty-First Century

Many believe blood libels ended with the acquittal of Mendel Beilis in the early part of the twentieth century. This is simply not the case. In 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky, a Christian, was found murdered in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev, in what was then Russia. The...

Summer of Change

By Martin Nachimson I write these words at the end of July, in the midst of a tumultuous summer—a summer unlike any I can recall in recent years. During these days and weeks of turmoil in which Jews the world over check the news from Israel every hour, the...