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Count Sefirah With the OU

April 13, 2022, by

Download this handy chart to help you keep track of all seven weeks of Sefiras Ha’Omer without missing a beat! And sign up to receive daily reminders!

Chag at Home

September 9, 2020, by

Pursuant to our acclaimed “Sinai at Home” program, OU Torah Initiatives is proud to present Chag at Home, a way for all of us to get our holiday inspiration in this pandemic era. Chag at Home features dozens of packets of educational material – articles, source sheets, family discussions, and more – to enable individuals […]

Everything You Need for Pesach!

March 12, 2019, by

Find everything you need on Passover 2019 at oukosher.org/passover. This includes our annual Pesach Guide which details the Kosher for Passover kitchen, Kosher for Passover foods, and more.

Of God and Goats: Tales of Faith and Farming

January 18, 2018, by

How farming and spirituality go hand in hand. Miriam Shechter, a Chabad farmer from Moshav Sdei Trumot shares how working the land made her realize how much we all really depend on God on a daily basis. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis: Chanukah

December 20, 2016, by

Which Comes First on Motzei Shabbos, Chanukah Lights or Havdalah? There is a dispute among the poskim concerning this question. Normally, in selecting the sequence of two mitzvos we are guided by the principle of tadir v’she’eino tadir – tadir kodem (the more frequent mitzvah is performed first). As such, the Taz (681:1) rules that […]

The Prophecy Shall Come True

July 19, 2011, by

The Talmud, on the last page of the Makkot tractate (24b) relates a story about Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah, Rabbi Yehoshua, and Rabbi Akiva who were on their way up to Jerusalem. Upon approaching the Temple Mount, the rabbis saw a fox emerging from the location of the Holy of Holies. Rabban Gamliel, […]

“Three of Punishment, Seven of Consolation”

July 19, 2011, by

(Much of the following material was found in “Chazon HaMikra,” by Rav Yissachar Yaakovson, Published by Sinai, Tel Aviv, 5719) Rabbi Avraham ben David of Luneil, the author of “Sefer HaManhig,” writes, “From Parshat Bereshit through the 17th of Tammuz, the Haftarah is chosen to correspond to the Parshah topic by topic; but from there […]

The Connection Between Parshat Devarim and Tisha B’Av

July 19, 2011, by

Parshas Devarim is always read on the Shabbos right before Tisha B’Av. The Biur Halacha (528:4) explains that this is purposefully done in order that Moshe Rabbeinu’s admonition to the Jews coincide with the Tisha B’Av period. One may ask why it is necessary for the specific admonition in Parshas Devarim to be read in […]

Pardes Program for The Three Weeks

July 19, 2011, by

In an age when Jews the world over are searching for a more meaningful life, the Orthodox Union has developed a Spiritual Fitness Program to aid you, your family, your friends and your community in this quest – The Pardes Project. How Does It Work? Eight times a year, a fully translated Torah source book […]