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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 […]

Tell Me Every Day by Day by Day

February 2, 2016, by

(That’s a quote from the 1985 hit Day by Day. I could have quoted the 1971 hit of the same name but that’s from Godspell and then things start to get tricky.) Every (non-yom tov week)day, OU Torah adds new content, which appears on our home page under the heading “Featured.” And, for those of […]

¿Se ha dado de cuenta?

January 14, 2016, by

Durante various años, OU Torah ha estado conduciendo Perlas de la Tora por el Rabino Israel Lashak – inicialmente se ofreció en audio y ahora en video. Nosotros hemos estado especialmente orgullosos de esta series, ya que nos ha permitido compartir conocimientos de la Parsha y las fiesta Hebreas, con los miembros de habla hispana […]

Biblical Archaeology

January 6, 2016, by

Not just Biblical archaeology, but Talmudic archaeology. Also Jewish Thought archaeology, Tefillah archaeology and Kosher archaeology. What do we mean? We’ll explain. On OU Torah, we have a lot of great series and you’ll find many of them on our home page, labeled “Featured.” But, as the late-night infomercials like to remind us, “that’s not […]

The Time is NOW!

December 17, 2015, by

The OU’s Nach Yomi – a chapter of Neviim (Prophets) and Kesuvim (Writings) a day for two years – begins again TODAY (December 17)! The OU just completed its fourth Nach Yomi cycle and, over the past eight years, thousands have learned the Jewish Bible in entirety, including such Books as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Iyov (Job), […]

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