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Put a Lid On It!

September 24, 2015, by

On what? On that hut you’ve been building in your back yard! And make sure the lid is made of plant matter! That’s right – it’s Succos! (Or Sukkos, Succot, Sukkot – take your pick.) Yom Kippur just ended and we have scant time to dive into Succos (Sukkot, whatever), so head over to OU […]

Kuzari is Back!

September 1, 2015, by

Several years ago, OU Torah ran a popular series on The Kuzari, the acclaimed work of Jewish thought and philosophy by Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi (d. 1141). The series was delivered by Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, then Director of OU West Coast‘s Department of Community and Synagogue Services. Rabbi Korobkin is also the author of a groundbreaking annotated […]

A Month Like No Other

August 17, 2015, by

Elul is a month like no other. Yes, Adar is full of joy, but that’s because of Purim, which falls mid-month. True, Av is mournful, but that’s because of Tisha b’Av, which occurs in the first third. Elul is special because the month is dedicated to introspection, reflection, self-improvement, and rectification. All this is in […]

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

August 5, 2015, by

Usually, articles and shiurim just appear on OU Torah. (Well, they don’t just appear; somebody has to post them.) In something of a departure, I’d like to give you a peek behind the curtain and share how I came to write Understanding Anim Zemiros. You may be aware that I have a series on OU […]

All You Need is Love

July 30, 2015, by

Tu b’Av 5775 is Friday, July 31, 2015. As sad as Tisha b’Av is, that’s how joyous Tu b’Av is. After three weeks of mourning in increasing intensity, we get over the hump on the ninth day of the month of Av, we turn the corner on the afternoon of the tenth, and by the […]

Dread Tisha b’Av Less

July 21, 2015, by

I dread Tisha b’Av. I really do. Far more than I dread Yom Kippur, which has an equally long fast. So what’s the difference? First of all, we’re in shul all day on Yom Kippur, which keeps me pretty busy; Tisha b’Av has a lot more staring-at-the-wall time. Next, Yom Kippur is about teshuvah and […]

The Sequel!

July 7, 2015, by

We have a lot of series in OU Torah, and many of them are cyclical in nature. Daf Yomi repeats the Talmud every seven years. Mishnah Yomit repeats the Mishnah every six years. Nach Yomi repeats the Books of Neviim and Kesuvim (the Prophets and the Writings) every two years.  And, perhaps least surprisingly, Shnayim […]

The Yeshiva in Your Pocket

July 2, 2015, by

It’s finally here – the all-new OU Torah app for iPhone! Created by the Digital Media Department at the Orthodox Union, the OU Torah app provides instant access to the world of Torah made available by the OU on OUtorah.org. With a single click, users can follow along with the OU’s many and varied daily […]

Your Father’s Mussar?

June 17, 2015, by

שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ וְאַל תִּטֹּשׁ תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ Listen, my son, to the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the Torah of your mother. – Proverbs 1:8 Last time, we spoke about the importance of parsha review over the summer months, as many of us worked the summer months in high school and […]

Summer’s Coming – Study Parsha!

June 5, 2015, by

June is well underway and that means it’s time to review the weekly Torah portion! Okay, it’s always time to review the weekly Torah portion, but it’s especially important in the summer. Why, you ask? (Well, maybe you didn’t. But I asked it for you.) Because schools let out at the end of June. I […]

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