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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 […]

Learn for Israel!

July 9, 2014, by

One of the things Jews worldwide are doing in support of our brethren undergoing harrowing and dangerous times in Israel is intensifying their study of Torah. To facilitate this endeavor, OU Torah is providing some recommendations for relevant Torah-study programs. (Of course, any Torah study may be undertaken in the merit of eretz Yisrael; these […]


July 3, 2014, by

…and the living is easy. And Pirkei Avos is a summer favorite! Did you know… OU Torah has a series of shiurim covering all of Pirkei Avos as part of the Mishna Yomit program (which is currently finishing tractate Bechoros and starting tractate Arachin on July 13). Taught by OU Director of Kosher Education Rabbi […]

Who’s to Blame?

June 17, 2014, by

My house was robbed in-between Purim and Pesach. Whose fault was it? Let’s examine the suspects: My son. He changed our doorknob and, honestly, it wasn’t as good as the previous doorknob. The pharmacy. They left a package in the door, a sure sign that we weren’t home. My wife and me. We went to […]

¿Habla usted español?

June 12, 2014, by

One of the most unique features on OU Torah (not that something can be “more” or “less” unique, since unique is an absolute, but just roll with it) is Perlas de la Tora by Rabbi Israel Lashak, OU Torah’s only Spanish-language series. The idea for Perlas de la Tora came about when it was observed […]

Got a minute? How about ten?

May 8, 2014, by

Are we permitted to pray that someone who is not observant or who is “off the derech” becomes more religious? After all, they have free will to make their own choices, so who are we to ask G-d to influence their decisions? Isn’t that a good question? Don’t you wish you had the answer? Well, […]