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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 […]

Are You Ready?

May 12, 2015, by

What did you mean you didn’t know it was due today? Just kidding. It’s not today but it’s coming up fast. What is it? Shavuos, of course! The Sefirah period counts the seven weeks from the Exodus (which took place on Passover) to the revelation at Sinai and the giving of the Torah. This took […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am.

April 14, 2015, by

Long-time visitors to the OU web site – by which we mean long, long, LONG long-time visitors – may remember a a feature called Judaism 101. This section predated OU Torah, predated Nach Yomi – it may even have predated the OU’s online Daf Yomi. (I’m not sure about that because they both predate me!) […]

Change Your Pesach, Change Your Life

March 19, 2015, by

It’s a busy time of year for the Jewish people, with an unrivaled amount of cleaning, shopping and cooking. But Pesach prep doesn’t just mean the physical – we should also prepare ourselves spiritually for this major event. Starting Rosh Chodesh Nisan (which is Shabbos, March 21), get ready to Change Your Pesach, Change Your […]

Introducing Mishnah Brurah Yomi!

March 16, 2015, by

The Mishnah Brurah is the magnum opus of Rav Yisrael Meir HaKohen Kagan, AKA the Chofetz Chaim (1838-1933). This work is a commentary on the Orach Chaim section of Shulchan Aruch, which deals with daily Jewish life. It is widely considered the seminal work of halacha l’maaseh (the practical application of Jewish law). While the […]

Shloshim Yom Kodem HaChag

March 10, 2015, by

The very first halacha about Pesach in Shulchan Aruch is “We investigate the laws of Passover for thirty days before Passover” (Orach Chaim 229:1). As soon as Purim is over, we put down our hamentashen and pick up our feather dusters in anticipation of this singular event in the Jewish calendar. Nothing – not Chanukah, […]

The Home Stretch

March 2, 2015, by

We’re in the final days before Purim and we’ve got some brand-new features on OU Holidays for you. First, OU Senior Managing Director Rabbi Steven Weil brings us Six Themes on Purim and the Megillah and Four More Themes on Purim and the Megillah. Then, Rabbi Moshe Schwerd shares an enlightening shiur on The Special […]

Esther, We Hardly Knew You…

February 18, 2015, by

…but now’s our chance to get to know you better! Megillas Esther is one of those Biblical Books we take for granted. Because we read it every year, we think we know it really well. In reality, there’s so much more beneath the surface. Here to peel back those layers is Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, author […]

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