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Introduction to In the Narrow Places

June 3, 2011, by

Below is Dr. Erica Brown’s introduction to her In the Narrow Places: Daily Inspiration for the Three Weeks (without footnotes or italics). ~~~~~ When Memory Speaks Of all of the milestones and Holidays that are celebrated or commemorated by the Jewish calendar, no time period is more neglected than that of the “Three Weeks.” This […]

Esther’s Ambiguity

March 1, 2011, by

Rabbi David Fohrman, in OU Press’ new book, The Queen You Thought You Knew: Unmasking Esther’s Hidden Story (pp. 43-46), addresses some difficult language surrounding Esther’s banquets. Dangling Pronouns Esther doesn’t remain silent. But she doesn’t ask the king to save her people, either. Instead, Esther chooses a third option. She invites the king to […]

Join Us at the Book Launch for Festivals of Faith

February 17, 2011, by

You are cordially invited to celebrate the book launch of Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays by Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm. Join us for special presentations by Rabbi Zevulun Charlop and Rabbi Dr. David Shatz, followed by a book signing. Monday, March 14th, 8pm The Jewish Center 131 West 86 Street New York, […]

OU Press at the Seforim Sale

February 9, 2011, by

The YU Seforim Sale is taking place now (calendar). Look out for these OU Press books at the sale: English Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays by R. Norman Lamm (BRAND NEW) Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parashah by R. Avishai David Covenant & Conversation […]

The Seforim Sale @Yeshiva University

February 8, 2011, by

Check out the many excellent books from OU Press at the YU Seforim Sale. Books available include those recently published, such as: Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays by Rav Norman Lamm Divrei HaRav by Rav Hershel Schachter Shiurei HaRav on Tefillah and Keriat Shema by Rav Menachem Genack Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses […]

Parshat Terumah – Rabbi Goldin

February 2, 2011, by

Why Build It At All? by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: As the Israelites stand rooted at Sinai, yet another major foundation of their eternal heritage is divinely laid. God turns to Moshe and commands, “And they shall make for Me a holy place, and I will dwell among them.” […]

Parshat Mishpatim – Rabbi Goldin

January 26, 2011, by

When the Torah Does Not Say What It Means by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: Commenting on one of the most well-known legal passages in the Torah, the rabbis overrule the seemingly clear intent of the text. The Torah states, in its discussion of the laws of personal injury: “…And […]

Parshat Yitro – Rabbi Goldin

January 19, 2011, by

A Healthy Distance by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: The physical posture of the Israelites during the Revelation at Sinai is clearly delineated in advance when, preparatory to Matan Torah, God instructs Moshe: “Set a boundary for the people roundabout saying, ‘Beware of ascending the mountain or touching its edge; […]

Parshat Beshalach – Rabbi Goldin

January 12, 2011, by

A Culinary Crucible? by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, author of Unlocking the Torah Text Context: Responding to the complaints of the Israelites concerning lack of food, God introduces the miraculous fare that will sustain the nation during their travels: “Behold! I will rain down for you food from heaven; and the people will go out and […]

OU Press Book Wins 2010 National Jewish Book Award

January 11, 2011, by

For the second year in a row, a book published by OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications, the publishing house of the Orthodox Union, has won the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot: The Complete Tisha B’Av Service with Commentary by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, published by OU Press and Koren […]