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All About the Three Weeks

July 27, 2016, by

Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer, who hosts a popular parsha shiur on OU Torah, is presenting a 16-part OU Holidays series on The Three Weeks. As of this writing, the first five shiurim have been posted: 1. Why Is It Divorce? 2. The Triple Blessing of the Holy Land 3. Kamtza & Bar Kamtza 4. Jerusalem vs. […]

God!

July 20, 2016, by

Of the several series that I write for OU Torah, my current favorite is The God Papers. This is a series that I started about two years ago because, for some inexplicable reason, we spend precious little time actually talking about God.  The God Papers began with a series of articles based on content from […]

Finding Light in the Darkness of Terror: Thoughts from Rabbi Landau

July 7, 2016, by

Last week was not a good week. Three large scale terror attacks took place in the world – Istanbul, Bangladesh and Baghdad. There were also three tragic attacks in Israel in the last week. In the city of Netanya, Israelis were stabbed and wounded. A teen was butchered while sleeping in her bed at home in Kiryat Arbah. A father […]

Immediately After Shavuos: A Responsum a Day!

June 8, 2016, by

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein is a celebrated writer and educator. He sends weekly emails to subscribers, blogs on Torahmusings.com, and his most recent book is As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience. Another of his books, We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix […]

If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem…

June 2, 2016, by

For a little over 3,000, Jerusalem has been central to the religious life of the Jewish people – regardless of whether or not we were in control of the city at any given time. King David conquered the city in battle with the Jebusites in II Samuel 5 and he purchased the Temple Mount from […]

Rabbi Elefant on Pirkei Avos

May 13, 2016, by

Tractate Avos – commonly known as Pirkei Avos in Hebrew or “Ethics of the Fathers” in English – contains many pertinent lessons for both educators and students of Torah: In the very first Mishna, the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) told teachers to take on many students; In the next Mishna, Shimon […]

Not Just a Good Idea…

May 9, 2016, by

…it’s the law! And if you want to get caught up on all matters of Jewish law, OU Torah has got you covered! First, there’s Mishnah Brurah Yomi, taught by Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD, which covers a daf of Mishnah Brurah each day. Just this week (in fact, today as I write this), Mishnah […]

Special Mini-Shiurim for Pesach

April 6, 2016, by

A new contributor to OU Torah and OU Holidays, Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer has quickly become one of the most prolific maggidei shiur. A renowned lecturer and author of Even Shesiya on the Rambam’s 13 Principles, Rabbi Bechhofer provides both concise and expanded insights into the weekly parsha as well as on the various holidays. Now, […]

Thirty Days

March 25, 2016, by

It’s Shushan Purim as I write this (Happy Shushan Purim if you’re reading it today!), which means that it’s time to start thinking about Pesach (Passover). The very first Passover law in Shulchan Aruch is “We investigate the laws of Passover for thirty days before Passover” (Orach Chaim 229:1). That’s today, so here we are! […]

Mishna Yomit – New Cycle Starts March 30!

March 10, 2016, by

The OU’s Mishna Yomit program will start a new cycle on March 30, 2016. With Mishna Yomit, listeners can learn two mishnayos a day and complete all of Shas Mishnayos in a little under six years. In the previous cycle, Mishna Yomit offered a daily audio shiur delivered by an educator, usually from OU Torah […]

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