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The Saddest Time of the Year

July 24, 2014, by

The three weeks from 17 Tammuz to 9 Av are a period of increasing mourning. As we proceed through the Three Weeks to the Nine Day to the week of Tisha b’Av, our sorrow intensifies. This is a period of deep introspection as our shortcomings and misdeeds have cost us the Temple, which served as […]

Learn for Israel!

July 9, 2014, by

One of the things Jews worldwide are doing in support of our brethren undergoing harrowing and dangerous times in Israel is intensifying their study of Torah. To facilitate this endeavor, OU Torah is providing some recommendations for relevant Torah-study programs. (Of course, any Torah study may be undertaken in the merit of eretz Yisrael; these […]

Summertime…

July 3, 2014, by

…and the living is easy. And Pirkei Avos is a summer favorite! Did you know… OU Torah has a series of shiurim covering all of Pirkei Avos as part of the Mishna Yomit program (which is currently finishing tractate Bechoros and starting tractate Arachin on July 13). Taught by OU Director of Kosher Education Rabbi […]

Who’s to Blame?

June 17, 2014, by

My house was robbed in-between Purim and Pesach. Whose fault was it? Let’s examine the suspects: My son. He changed our doorknob and, honestly, it wasn’t as good as the previous doorknob. The pharmacy. They left a package in the door, a sure sign that we weren’t home. My wife and me. We went to […]

¿Habla usted español?

June 12, 2014, by

One of the most unique features on OU Torah (not that something can be “more” or “less” unique, since unique is an absolute, but just roll with it) is Perlas de la Tora by Rabbi Israel Lashak, OU Torah’s only Spanish-language series. The idea for Perlas de la Tora came about when it was observed […]

Got a minute? How about ten?

May 8, 2014, by

Are we permitted to pray that someone who is not observant or who is “off the derech” becomes more religious? After all, they have free will to make their own choices, so who are we to ask G-d to influence their decisions? Isn’t that a good question? Don’t you wish you had the answer? Well, […]

The Time is NOW!

April 29, 2014, by

We previously told you about Rabbi Yosef Grossman’s shiur on Talmud Yerushalmi, the Jerusalem Talmud. But did you know that the Yerushalmi has a daily cycle, just like daf yomi for the Bavli (the Babylonian Talmud)? Well, it does! And did you know that this cycle just started again? Well, it did! What this means […]

What, Women and Tefillin AGAIN?

April 4, 2014, by

I know we discussed this in The Torah Blog before but what can I tell you? It’s what the people want to know about! “I am told that in Boston there is a group of young Orthodox students, all girls, who are highly concerned about their role in Judaism, and have decided to pray every […]

Are You Listening?

March 24, 2014, by

In all likelihood, you have fulfilled your obligation in some mitzvah (probably many mitzvos) by responding “amen” to someone else’s recitation. This is based on the halachic principle of “shomeiah k’onah,” that hearing something is as if one did it himself. But how does that work? Is it as if one actually said it or […]