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A Second Chance

January 3, 2015, by

The Talmud in Brachos (8a) tells us, “a person should always complete the reading of the weekly Torah portion with the congregation, twice from the mikra and once from the Targum.” Mikra means the text, i.e., the actual Torah account. Targum means the translation, referring to the Aramaic paraphrase of Onkelos. Nowadays, most authorities say […]

Just a (Jewish) Thought

December 9, 2014, by

There are lots of categories on OU Torah. There’s Parsha – the weekly Torah portion. There’s Nach – the rest of the Jewish Bible. There’s Gemara, focusing on Daf Yomi, the daily page of Talmud studied worldwide. (Did you know? You can access content on any page of the Talmud – it doesn’t have to […]

That Winter Holiday That Falls on the 25th

December 2, 2014, by

You all know the one we mean – Chanukah, which starts on the 25th of Kislev! (This year, that translates to the night of December 16.) Since Kislev began, we’ve been amping up Chanukah content on OU Holidays. Currently-featured articles include “The Message of the Chanukah Lights” by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, “Latkes and Donuts: ‘Oil’ […]

What’s the Truth?

November 18, 2014, by

There’s a saying that “conventional wisdom is often neither.” For example, “everyone knows” that we’re supposed to throw bread at tashlich on Rosh Hashana and that Jews with tattoos cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Except that, you know, neither of those things is true. (In fact, since tashlich is supposed to be performed […]

When Does He Sleep?

October 23, 2014, by

There’s an old saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” Well, somehow, beyond all the limitations of a 24-hour day, Rabbi Shalom Rosner has managed to do it again! Rabbi Rosner is one of the most popular and most prolific contributors to OU Torah. Among the ongoing series he provides are Daf […]

Succos? Sukkot? Sukkos? Sukkoth?

October 7, 2014, by

“Pesach” is nice and easy to spell, but we still call it “Passover” half the time. Wouldn’t Succos (or whatever) be easier to Google if we actually called it “Tabernacles” like in the old-timey prayer books? Well, however you spell it, we’ve got it on OU Holidays! Features for Sukkot (whatever) include answers to Frequently […]

Time to Get Our Davening On!

September 17, 2014, by

Selichos and Rosh Hashana are imminent. With them comes a focus or “tefillah, teshuva and tzedaka” – prayer, repentance and charity. In truth, improving the quality of our prayers is something for which we should constantly strive but the Rosh Hashana season is particularly conducive to the effort. To help in this area, may I […]

The Elul Has Landed

August 26, 2014, by

Elul is here! OU Holidays has released its first wave of Elul-themed content, with more on the horizon! For starters, we have Elul Thoughts – part 1 by Rochi Lerner a”h. Shira Smiles speaks on Elul: Opening the Gates. Rabbi Eliyahu Ferrell introduces us to the month, with a focus on parental guidance. Finally, the […]

The Happiest Day of the Year

August 6, 2014, by

What’s the happiest day in the Jewish calendar? Surprise – it’s not Purim! The Talmud in tractate Taanis (26b) tells us that no day was as joyous as the 15th of Av, AKA “Tu B’Av.” What’s so special about this day – and why is it off the radar of so many of us? OU […]

The Saddest Time of the Year

July 24, 2014, by

The three weeks from 17 Tammuz to 9 Av are a period of increasing mourning. As we proceed through the Three Weeks to the Nine Day to the week of Tisha b’Av, our sorrow intensifies. This is a period of deep introspection as our shortcomings and misdeeds have cost us the Temple, which served as […]