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Orthodox Union

Oh, Happy Day!

March 10, 2014, by

Did you know that OU Torah has a sister site named OU Holidays? Look up: there it is in the bar at the top of the page, the tab just to the right of Torah. Have you checked it out? What you’ll find at OU Holidays is just what the name suggests – facts about […]

The Other Talmud

March 6, 2014, by

When we say “the Talmud,” we usually mean the Talmud Bavli, AKA the Babylonian Talmud. This we cover quite thoroughly through our Daf Yomi and related series. But did you know that there’s another Talmud? The Talmud Yerushalmi, AKA the Jerusalem Talmud, was completed perhaps 150 years earlier than the Bavli. While the Bavli is […]

Great Teachers of OU Torah (#2 in a Series) – Rabbi Shalom Rosner

February 25, 2014, by

Rabbi Rosner, who received semicha from RIETS, taught in YU’s Stone Beis Medrash Program. He also served as mara d’asra of Congregation Bais Ephraim Yitzchok in Woodmere, NY prior to making aliyah in 2008. At OU Torah, he is responsible for a number of popular series. On parsha, Rabbi Rosner delivers the aptly-named series Rabbi […]

How Many Mitzvos are You Doing RIGHT THIS MINUTE?

February 17, 2014, by

Most mitzvos can only be performed at certain times. You can stuff your face with matzah all year long but it’s only a mitzvah at the seder. Blowing a shofar doesn’t accomplish anything if you do it on Chanukah. Even mitzvos that are not time-bound apply only under certain conditions. For example, you can only […]

Timely and Relevant!

February 11, 2014, by

Have you been enjoying Rabbi Ari Kahn on Parsha? Well, did you know that Rabbi Kahn also has not one, not two, but THREE series of shiurim on OU Torah, covering halacha (Jewish law), machshava (Jewish thought) and Aggadah (the non-legal portions of the Talmud). In Rabbi Ari Kahn on Halacha, Rabbi Kahn addresses such […]

You Have No Idea What You’re Saying

January 30, 2014, by

When you daven (pray), do you know the meaning of the words? Not just the translation – which can be better or worse, depending on the siddur – but the actual meaning? How about the structure of our tefillos? Do you know what they are and why they are that way? The first step to […]

Make It Real

January 30, 2014, by

Daf yomi has changed the way the Jewish people study Torah. It truly has created a renaissance in learning as Jews from all walks of life join together each day to delve into the same page of Talmud. But have you found some of the topics discussed to be academic or rhetorical? If you’d like […]

But Where’s the Torah?

January 30, 2014, by

Nach Yomi is one of OU Torah’s shining stars. Each day, masterful teachers explain a chapter of Nach – the books of the Prophets and the Writings – with supplemental material in the form of an easy-to-digest synopsis that sheds light on even the most difficult of topics. “That’s all well and good for Neviim […]

What’s the Truth About Women and Tefillin?

January 30, 2014, by

The recent news articles regarding a Jewish high school permitting girls to put on tefillin has led to a flurry of activity as people research this topic. Is it permitted? Forbidden? Discouraged? Is there precedent for it? And did Rashi’s daughters really put on tefillin, as legend has it? Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky addressed the […]