That was uniquely Joe—having the foresight, ability and confidence to imagine what the OU could become beyond its important core programs. Where the OU is today, its stature and expanding reach, is a tribute to what he once envisioned.
To all of us on the OU Board, he was a link to the OU’s salad days. To me, he was the last person who remembered when I was born.
He lived the OU and loved the OU.
The Orthodox community—every community in fact—has always engaged in self-study. We love talking about ourselves.
Is there a “shidduch crisis” and, if so, where does it come from?
Even before the advent of the coronavirus, too many children were exhibiting signs of anxiety and stress. What are schools doing to promote good mental health in our children in general and to help them cope with the stresses of Covid-19 in particular?
Today, we’ve become so accustomed to comfort that we’re hypersensitive to anything that isn’t just right in our lives.
Children also need to tolerate discomfort. Simply sitting with distress is a life lesson that can prevent anxiety from getting out of control.
While anxiety is a normal emotion, there are times when serious intervention is necessary. When anxiety is severe, such as when it begins to interfere with one’s daily life, one should seek professional help.
What will the new reality be like once the pandemic is over?
In that quiet time while davening at home (even with kids around), many of us realized that tefillah could be something in which we truly engaged. Our own pace, our own songs, our own devotion.
There was no one close by whose talking could disturb me, no aisles for anyone to stroll along, in fact no one near enough to distract me at all.
Our tears and our tefillos are never in vain. If they are not used at that time, they will be used at another time or for another purpose.
It was eye-opening listening to Rav Schachter’s insistence—an insistence I find astonishing—that from a halachic point of view, nothing in this Covid-19 situation is unprecedented!
Rabbi Schachter provided much-needed direction to medical professionals, rabbanim, members of the chevra kadisha, and community members on how to live as an observant Jew during these halachically challenging times.
Based on what we have experienced so far in this pandemic, what will—or should—halachah look like going forward after the crisis?
Experienced shadchanim and relationship experts reflect on this new era of matchmaking and dating
As the pandemic struck, Zoom dating became quite popular in the shidduch world, but singles have different views on whether or not it works.
“Zoom with Whom?” events, which became very popular during the peak of the pandemic, allow for a small group of singles to meet virtually in a fun way. YUConnects staff sorted through applicants to match their ages and hashkafah, and then grouped them into four Zoom rooms with about five women and five men in […]
Finding a stash of old recipes, Genie Milgrom discovered the truth about her family’s Jewish identity, hidden for generations.
One of the most iconic features in a Jewish wedding is the groom stomping on a glass.
When I first read the memoirs, Glikl’s numerous references to plague—or the fear of it—seemed so antiquated as to be almost other worldly. Now they carry an eerie resonance.
Rabbi Reiss offers readers a new means for exploring and understanding areas of practical halachah.
As a Kookian scholar, Naor has invaluable insights into Rav Kook’s thoughts, writings and process.
“So, who’s your latest victim?” That was the sarcastic question a colleague at work—a Sabra who has picked up the snarky US sense of humor—would ask me every Thursday or Friday when he spotted me rolling a suitcase into our office. It meant I was going away for Shabbat. Single, I am blessed to have […]