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Orthodox Union

Introducing Kuzari: Season 4!

July 9, 2018, by

This edition of The Torah Blog feels like I’m talking about Netflix because most OU Torah series don’t have “seasons!” And yet, here we are, announcing the exciting return of one of our most popular and acclaimed features. The Kuzari is a classic work of Jewish thought and philosophy by Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi (d. 1141). The Kuzari represents a fictionalized […]

Z’manim: The Times Are Now!

May 25, 2018, by

We’ve been meaning to do this for a long time. Two of the most common questions we receive at OU Torah are, “What time does the fast start?” and “What time does the fast end?” There are several problems with this. The first is that people who write asking such things very often don’t include […]

B’Rov Am Hadras Melech

April 25, 2018, by

The book of Mishlei (Proverbs) 14:28 tells us, “The King’s glory is in a multitude of people,” (“the King,” of course, referring to God). This isn’t just a nice idea; it actually has legal ramifications. For example, what’s the preeminent mitzvah of Rosh Hashana? Blowing the shofar, of course! Wouldn’t we want to blow the […]

Meet the OU at Torah New York!

April 25, 2018, by

In recent weeks, The Torah Blog has been sharing spotlights of just a handful of the many wonderful teachers and speakers that you will be able to find at the OU’s Torah New York event, Sunday, April 29, indoors at Citi Field. There are so many more that we didn’t get a chance to name, including many members […]

Addiction and Bechira in the Jewish Community

April 24, 2018, by

As readers are no doubt aware, this country is currently undergoing an opioid crisis. The Jewish community has largely come out of denial and is acknowledging that drug and alcohol addictions do exist in our communities, and steps are being taken to confront them. This is a reality that the OU has also addressed in […]

All About Israel at Torah New York!

April 18, 2018, by

This period of sefirah, which runs from Pesach until Shavuos, is in many way a period of mourning for the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who were lost. And yet, there are also joyous high points along the way. Aside from Lag b’Omer, there are four modern Israeli holidays that commemorate the highs and lows […]

What Do Incest and Harlotry Have to Do with Moshiach?

April 18, 2018, by

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing with you some of the many noted speakers whom you can hear at the OU’s upcoming Torah New York event, Sunday, April 29, indoors at Citi Field. One of these is Mrs. Michal Horowitz, who will be speaking on the very provocative subject of “Incest, Harlotry, and a Moabite Princess – […]

Say ¡Hola! to Rabbi Lashak at Torah New York

April 12, 2018, by

Join us at the OU’s upcoming Torah New York event, Sunday, April 29, indoors at Citi Field, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and hear from many master scholars and teachers. One of these is NCSY‘s own Rabbi Israel Lashak. Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Rabbi Lashak received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Talmudic Law from Ner Yisroel […]

Rabbi Moshe Weinberger Coming to Torah New York!

April 11, 2018, by

By this point, regular readers are fully aware of the OU’s upcoming Torah New York event, to be held Sunday, April 29, indoors at Citi Field. One of the many exciting, highly-anticipated speakers will be Rabbi Moshe Weinberger a mashpia at Yeshiva University and the founding rabbi of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY. A speaker of great acclaim, […]