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Orthodox Union

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 […]

Rabbi Ashear Returns, And This Time He’s in Audio!

June 5, 2019, by

From 2016 to 2017, OU Torah ran 33 installments in a series called Daily Emunah by Rabbi David Ashear. (It wasn’t daily on OU Torah but the content was taken, with permission, from Rabbi Ashear’s “Daily Emunah” email.) It was a popular series as long as it ran but then it stopped abruptly. We would […]

OU Daf Yomi Initiative Presents New Jewish History Series With Henry Abramson

April 17, 2019, by

    Jewish History in Daf Yomi is written and produced by Dr. Henry Abramson, Dean of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush. Dr. Abramson received his doctorate in history from the University of Toronto, the first PhD in Ukrainian-Jewish history presented since the Chair of Ukrainian Studies was established there. He has […]

When the Seders are Over – What Next?

April 12, 2019, by

If you’ve been on the OU web site since Purim – and if you’re reading this, then you certainly have – you’ve probably noticed a lot of material to help you get ready for Pesach – on OU Kosher, OU Torah, OU Holidays and OU Life – even from the OU Daf Yomi Initiative! And […]

All New for Adar 2!

March 12, 2019, by

One of the most intriguing halacha series on OU Torah is A Responsum a Day by Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein. Rabbi Rothstein is a longtime contributor to OU Torah, delivering many shiurim for the OU’s Nach Yomi and Shnayim Mikra, as well as penning synopses on the haftarah (which can best be found by subscribing […]