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 […]
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.
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik Speaks with opening remarks by Rabbi Moshe Genack at OU Press Book Launch for Megillat Esther With the Rav’s Commentary. Rabbi Soloveichik discusses the moral power of scriptural citation of Megillat Esther by Jews and non-Jews alike.
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
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 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, […]
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
With Rosh Chodesh Av, the more intense period of mourning for the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, known as The Nine Days, begins. “As Av enters, we diminish our joy”. This statement of the mishna is manifest in many laws & customs observed during the first nine days of the month of Av (Actually it […]