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A Second Chance

January 15, 2020, by

The Talmud in Brachos (8a) tells us, “a person should always complete the reading of the weekly Torah portion with the congregation, twice from the mikra and once from the Targum.” Mikra means the text, i.e., the actual Torah account. Targum means the translation, referring to the Aramaic paraphrase of Onkelos. Nowadays, most authorities say […]

Introducing Torat Imecha Nach Yomi from the OU Women’s Initiative

December 30, 2019, by

One of the most well-known verses in sefer Mishlei (the Biblical book of Proverbs) occurs in the very first chapter. Verse 1:8 famously tells us שְׁמַ֣ע בְּ֭נִי מוּסַ֣ר אָבִ֑יךָ וְאַל־תִּ֝טֹּ֗שׁ תּוֹרַ֥ת אִמֶּֽךָ׃ Listen, my son, to the musar of your father and do not neglect the Torah of your mother. The Metzudas Dovid explains that […]

Who Originated the Idea of the Daf Yomi Learning Schedule?

December 24, 2019, by

In honor of the impending start of the next Daf Yomi cycle, we present this special guest post from Rabbi Dr. Chaim Simons ———————————– Every seven and a half years, there is a siyum held in honour of having learned one daf of Gemara every day without exception throughout those past seven and a half years. […]

Start Tractate Chagigah with Daf HaShavua

November 26, 2019, by

There are a lot of exciting new beginnings coming up. Most notably, Daf Yomi begins its seven-year cycle anew with tractate Brachos on Sunday, January 5, 2020 – which you should absolutely consider learning with the new AllDaf app! Plus, The OU’s Shoshana Grossman Nach Yomi starts its new two-year cycle with sefer Yehoshua (the […]

Presenting the New OU Torah!

November 14, 2019, by

Have you seen the new OU Torah web site and app? Well, if you haven’t, you should absolutely check it out! Last week, OU Torah revealed the newest iteration of its web site, featuring a cleaner, sleeker look with improved ease of access to all the great shiurim. Previously, OU Torah featured rows of tiles […]

New Beginnings

October 23, 2019, by

As I write this – and, hopefully, as you read this – we are in the immediate wake of the Tishrei holidays. These range from Rosh Hashana, which marks the start of the new Jewish year to Simchas Torah, on which we complete the reading of the Torah and immediately begin it again. In this […]

Now’s the Time to Go From Shabbos to Yom Tov

September 19, 2019, by

You’ve no doubt noticed that we here at OU Torah are big fans of daily learning programs. We have Daf Yomi (with all of its wonderful supplementary programs) to help you learn through shas in seven years, Nach Yomi to teach you the books of Neviim and Kesuvim in two years, and Mishna Yomit to […]

Completing the Talmud in a Displaced Persons Camp, 1945

August 19, 2019, by

“We were only a few broken Jews with two books, but…the day of the Siyum HaShas was my day of victory, the day of victory for all survivors, and the day of victory for every ‘Talmud Jew.’” The brick crematoria of Dachau had barely cooled when the surviving remnants of European Jewry were called upon […]

Get to Know Your Fathers

July 31, 2019, by

The Mishnaic tractate of Avos (or Avot) – commonly referred to as “Ethics of the Fathers” – is a most atypical tractate, dealing with matters of ethics and good character traits rather than with topics of law. It is also the most widely studied and quoted tractate, occupying a place in Jewish life unparalleled by […]

OU Torah Welcomes the Taragins

June 27, 2019, by

OU Torah is pleased to announce the addition of Rabbi Reuven and Shani Taragin to its line-up of maggidei shiur. Rabbi Taragin is the Dean of Overseas Students at Yeshivat Hakotel. A Wexner Fellow and a musmach of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Rabbi Taragin holds a BA in Science and Philosophy from Yeshiva University and […]