We’re here to normalize estate planning and discussions, and to make them happen earlier. So death draws family closer together, not further apart.
We’re a group of people who have witnessed too many families experience hardship with inheritances.
We reached out to estate planning experts and rabbanim, and created a non-profit organization with a clear goal: to help you do right by your family and protect your most important asset — your children.
Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits
“It is heartbreaking for parents to see their children not getting along and it is no secret that older parents fear animosity among their children after they move on.
A simple way of avoiding such family feuds is a clear, kosher will. Odenu was established to encourage and guide young and old in writing a halachic will.
I very much support what Odenu is doing and recommend taking advantage of their services.
May we all be blessed with long life and harmonious families.”
See the endorsement letter here.
Rav Yitzchak Berkovits is the Rosh Yeshiva of Aish, Rosh kollel of the Jerusalem Kollel and Posek worldwide. An exceptionally lucid orator on halachic and philosophical topics, he also acts as a caring mentor for hundreds of baalei teshuva and as leader and adviser for Kiruv professionals around the globe. In addition, he is the Rabbi of a community in Sanhedria Murchevet, author of numerous sefarim on a broad range of topics and is involved in countless other projects for the benefit of the Jewish people.
Rabbi Mordechai Willig
“Sadly, too many fights erupt when there is poor planning, including when people attempt to follow exactly what they think halacha says to do without proper guidance. It’s important to make sure this is done right.
Odenu’s mission to make sure people write clear wills by 60 is one I’m very happy to endorse.”
Rabbi Willig is a Rosh Kollel at YU’s RIETS program as well as the Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halachah there. He is the Rosh Yeshiva at the Mazer School of Talmudic Studies since 1973, and became the spiritual leader of Young Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, NY a year later. He is also the author of Am Mordechai, and many articles in Torah scholarship journals.
In addition to his semichah ordination, Rabbi Willig holds a B.A. in mathematics, and an M.S. in Jewish History.
There are challenges that are inherent to death.
But there are also problems that don't have to be.
Making things clear.
If your children don’t know what exactly you meant, everyone interprets things differently, and there are three different versions of your comment about who gets the heirloom.
Every man or woman who has the strength to provide for his family has the courage to take care of them before they’ve passed on.