Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is Torah Content Editor at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of five books, including The Tzniyus Book. His latest work, The Taryag Companion, is available from OU Press as well as on Amazon.

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

August 5, 2015, by

Usually, articles and shiurim just appear on OU Torah. (Well, they don’t just appear; somebody has to post them.) In something of a departure, I’d like to give you a peek behind the curtain and share how I came to write Understanding Anim Zemiros. You may be aware that I have a series on OU […]

All You Need is Love

July 30, 2015, by

Tu b’Av 5775 is Friday, July 31, 2015. As sad as Tisha b’Av is, that’s how joyous Tu b’Av is. After three weeks of mourning in increasing intensity, we get over the hump on the ninth day of the month of Av, we turn the corner on the afternoon of the tenth, and by the […]

Dread Tisha b’Av Less

July 21, 2015, by

I dread Tisha b’Av. I really do. Far more than I dread Yom Kippur, which has an equally long fast. So what’s the difference? First of all, we’re in shul all day on Yom Kippur, which keeps me pretty busy; Tisha b’Av has a lot more staring-at-the-wall time. Next, Yom Kippur is about teshuvah and […]

The Sequel!

July 7, 2015, by

We have a lot of series in OU Torah, and many of them are cyclical in nature. Daf Yomi repeats the Talmud every seven years. Mishnah Yomit repeats the Mishnah every six years. Nach Yomi repeats the Books of Neviim and Kesuvim (the Prophets and the Writings) every two years.  And, perhaps least surprisingly, Shnayim […]

The Yeshiva in Your Pocket

July 2, 2015, by

It’s finally here – the all-new OU Torah app for iPhone! Created by the Digital Media Department at the Orthodox Union, the OU Torah app provides instant access to the world of Torah made available by the OU on OUtorah.org. With a single click, users can follow along with the OU’s many and varied daily […]

Your Father’s Mussar?

June 17, 2015, by

שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ וְאַל תִּטֹּשׁ תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ Listen, my son, to the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the Torah of your mother. – Proverbs 1:8 Last time, we spoke about the importance of parsha review over the summer months, as many of us worked the summer months in high school and […]

Summer’s Coming – Study Parsha!

June 5, 2015, by

June is well underway and that means it’s time to review the weekly Torah portion! Okay, it’s always time to review the weekly Torah portion, but it’s especially important in the summer. Why, you ask? (Well, maybe you didn’t. But I asked it for you.) Because schools let out at the end of June. I […]

Are You Ready?

May 12, 2015, by

What did you mean you didn’t know it was due today? Just kidding. It’s not today but it’s coming up fast. What is it? Shavuos, of course! The Sefirah period counts the seven weeks from the Exodus (which took place on Passover) to the revelation at Sinai and the giving of the Torah. This took […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am.

April 14, 2015, by

Long-time visitors to the OU web site – by which we mean long, long, LONG long-time visitors – may remember a a feature called Judaism 101. This section predated OU Torah, predated Nach Yomi – it may even have predated the OU’s online Daf Yomi. (I’m not sure about that because they both predate me!) […]

Change Your Pesach, Change Your Life

March 19, 2015, by

It’s a busy time of year for the Jewish people, with an unrivaled amount of cleaning, shopping and cooking. But Pesach prep doesn’t just mean the physical – we should also prepare ourselves spiritually for this major event. Starting Rosh Chodesh Nisan (which is Shabbos, March 21), get ready to Change Your Pesach, Change Your […]

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