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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 […]

These Days of Purim Shall Not Cease From Among the Jews

February 10, 2015, by

Purim is not the most important day on the Jewish calendar. Certainly, the Biblical Festivals of Pesach, Succos and Shavuos are more integral to Jewish life, to say nothing of the “High Holy Days” of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. And yet it is Purim that we are promised will never cease, not even in […]

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (and Elsewhere!)

January 26, 2015, by

Tu b’Shevat is coming! And OU Holidays has the information you’ll need to get yourself in that Tu b’Shevat state of mind! Need some general background information to get you started? Start with Tu b’Shevat – New Year for the Trees and Four Rosh Hashanahs. Then, Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir, author of The Jewish Ethicist […]

Laying Down the Law

January 14, 2015, by

Did you know that OU Torah has many series designed to help our audience improve their knowledge and practice of Jewish law? On Orach Chaim (mostly), the volume of Shulchan Aruch that deal with day-to-day life, there’s HaShoneh Halachos, featuring two halachos a day from the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. (This series is also available as […]

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 […]

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