אָמַרְתִּי אֲנִי בְּלִבִּי

Who am I?

My name is Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow. I have always had a deep love for the Jewish people and making the world a better place. It was while building community in the Former Soviet Union for YUSSR that I realized the transformative power of being a rabbi. After spending time learning in Israel, I moved to New York to be a charter student in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Open Orthodox Seminary. After graduating in 2004 until 2008 I served as the Rabbi and ran the program at St. Louis Hillel at Washington University. Now I have the great pleasure of thinking about how Judaism is seriously fun. In my mind I am up at camp every day in my work at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. My wife, Cantor Adina Frydman, and I are the proud parents of Yadid, Yishama, Emunah, and Libi.

Said to Myself

When my son Yadid was four years old he came home from daycare and reported to me that he got into trouble. He got put into timeout for throwing sand at another child. Yadid said,” Myself said to myself, I do not want to be in timeout. Myself said to my cry, I do not want to cry”. And with that we started a conversation about his conscious life. It seemed only fitting to continue that conversation with a blog with the same name.

אָמַרְתִּי אֲנִי בְּלִבִּי

My son spoke in the words of Ecclesiastes, “I said in my heart: ‘Come now, I will try you with mirth, and enjoy pleasure’; and, behold, this also was vanity.” (Kohelet 2:1) My mission is to model a life that is personally meaningful, universally relevant, and distinctly Jewish. I aspire to be frank and to speak of Torah in real life.

Your Input

I blog is founded on my relationships with the people in my life. If you have any suggestions or requests- Please do not hesitate to be in touch hiorlow@gmail.com

10 Responses to “About”


  1. 1 Joelle September 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Mazel tov, Avi, on getting this up and running. Consider me a devoted and faithful reader.

  2. 2 Rick Brody October 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful stuff, Avi! Y’shar koach.

  3. 3 Sharon Kass October 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I tried your posted e-mail address but it didn’t work. What is the correct one?

  4. 5 yadid frydman orlow November 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    this is cool abba!!!!!!!!!!has good detail


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