OU Press publishes popular and scholarly works that reflect the broad spectrum of Orthodox Jewish values in the contemporary Jewish community. In 2022, OU Press published several significant volumes from outstanding thinkers, continuing to fulfill its objective of publishing books that educate, inspire, enrich, and enlighten.

Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe Expanded Edition; Summarized and Annotated by Dr. Arnold Lustiger

This newly revised and expanded edition presents ten of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s classic teshuvah derashot in which the Rav, with his characteristic insight, depth, and creativity, addresses topics such as the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, the shofar, Selichot, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei, the essence of Yom Kippur, the Yom Kippur Avodah, and, of course, the many facets of teshuvah. In this edition, alongside references to the Rav’s other writings, Dr. Lustiger has included links to captioned recordings, where available, of the Rav delivering the derashot on which the volume is based.

The Akeidah

The Epic Confrontation of Din and Rachamim
By Michael Kaiser

In this work, Michael Kaiser presents an original and unique interpretation of the Akeidah, the haunting saga of faith which has intrigued the world for millennia, based on a close reading of the Biblical text in conjunction with an impressive array of commentators, both ancient and modern. The author reveals how the drama of the Akeidah lies in the unresolved tension inherent in the creation of the world, and how the characters in this drama are uniquely suited to fulfill their divine mission.

The Anatomy of Jewish Law

A Fresh Dissection of the Relationship Between Medicine, Medical History, and Rabbinic Literature By Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD

In this novel and innovative work, Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, a world-renowned expert in the fields of Jewish bioethics and Jewish medical history, traces the medical understanding of anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics across time and genres of rabbinic literature. Marshaling a vast array of sources from multiple disciplines, Rabbi Dr. Reichman demonstrates the importance of the historical dimension not only for medical halakhic research, but to better understand the unique relationship of Judaism and medicine throughout the centuries.

I Believe

A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

In I Believe, the final cycle of Covenant & Conversation essays written by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks before his untimely passing, we receive a personal and intimate demonstration of how he came to see the world by listening attentively to the Torah and its message for the present and for all times. In this deeply uplifting collection of essays, Rabbi Sacks identifies and explores a different Jewish belief in each weekly portion, showing us how his own beliefs were formed from an ongoing conversation between the Torah and his life, and how we can achieve the same.

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