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Phil Chernofsky

Rabbi Phil Chernofsky is the educational director of the OU Israel Center and the editor of Torah Tidbits, the Center's weekly Torah publication distributed throughout Israel.

Two Purims? A Deeper Look at the Jewish Calendar

February 6, 2019, by

The Rambam defines the mitzvah of kiddush hachodesh as sanctifying the month and intercalating the months to ensure that Pesach will always fall in the Spring. Hashem wants us to be partners in the creation of the calendar; a fixed calendar is less than ideal. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Lag B’Omer from Torah Tidbits

February 26, 2014, by

Lag BaOmer is an enigmatic semi-holiday, of which the Shulchan Aruch speaks in terms of “a bit of joy”, which grew to a festive day of major proportion in the Chassidic world. Lag BaOmer should be seen in the context of the whole Omer period, in order to be properly understood. From the perspective of […]

Ha’azinu and Sukkot 5773: Torah Tidbits Audio

September 28, 2012, by

Lessons from Parshat Haazinu including why Torah is compared to water, the source of zimun, and studying Torah, plus the uniqueness of the commandment of dwelling in the Sukkah. Torah Tidbits Audio for Parshat Ha’azinu and Sukkot.

Bechukotai 5772: Torah Tidbits Audio

May 18, 2012, by

Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim   God’s deal with us is that if we follow His commandments, he will give us His land. All Jews should learn about the Torah & keep ALL of its mitzvot.