Lifelong Torah Learning for All

OU Torah Initiatives comprises a broad array of innovative and impactful Torah programming. With a primary focus on limmud ha-Torah, we are working to increase accessibility to high quality, sophisticated, and vibrant Torah learning opportunities, programs, and platforms. Diverse approaches and formats provide study opportunities to Jews across a wide demographic so that individuals from every community and affiliation can further develop their relationship with God through Torah.

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Photo on left: 2,000 attended the OU’s third annual Torah New York at Citi Field.
Photo on right: Torah New York featured a fun, engaging children’s program with craft projects, mini golf, shofar making, and more.


Programs and Resources

A New and Improved

OU Torah has redesigned its website for an optimal user experience and added new and important features. Users can now subscribe to various Torah series, create a playlist, save their preferences between logins, and sync their playlist with the OU Torah app.

Bringing Daf Yomi to Life's Daf Yomi section, offered in both desktop and mobile formats, is one of the most comprehensive on the web, featuring in-demand teachers such as Rabbi Moshe Elefant and Rabbi Shalom Rosner. Materials include daf b’iyun, daf in halacha from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Center, rishonim and acharonim from Shas Illuminated, point-by-point summaries, quizzes, and more.

Torah Study for Seniors

Responding to the need for services that meet the social, intellectual and spiritual requirements of retirees in the Jewish community, the Beit Midrash of Teaneck (BMT) provides intensive, user-friendly, text-based Torah study to accommodate a variety of skill levels. The program features leading OU educators on Talmud, Tanach, and halacha.

Communal Days of Torah Learning Spans Continents

This year, OU’s annual Torah New York day of learning brought thousands of men and women together to enjoy shiurim taught by world-renowned Torah educators on topics in Jewish ethics, halacha, yomim tovim, and more. Begun in New York, the program has expanded to Los Angeles and Jerusalem, and is scheduled to launch in more locations this coming year.

Fastest-Growing Halacha Learning Program in the World

Spanning five continents, the OU’s Semichas Chaver program (SCP), founded by Rav Elyada Goldwicht, is a halacha study program developed to make learning more accessible to young men. After six months of weekly learning, there is a comprehensive exam along with a siyum celebrating completion of the learned halachot. Wives, children, and families are included, making the program a family experience.

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Rabbi Yonason Sacks spoke about “The Revealed and Concealed Significance of the Shofar” at Torah New York.
Semichas Chaver Program Locations
  • United States
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Edison, NJ
  • Lawrence, NY
  • Los Angeles – Pico, CA
  • Los Angeles – Valley, CA
  • Manhattan – New York, NY
  • Memphis, TN
  • Monsey, NY
  • Passaic, NJ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Queens, NY
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Springfield, NJ
  • Teaneck, NJ
  • Washington Heights, NY
  • Canada
  • Toronto, ON
  • Montreal, QC
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Chile
  • Santiago
  • Israel
  • Bnei Brak
  • Efrat
  • Jerusalem
  • Ma’aleh Adumim
  • Petach Tikvah
  • Pisgat Ze’ev
  • Raanana
  • Ramat Beit Shemesh
  • Rehovot
  • Australia
  • Sydney
  • United Kingdom
  • London – Edgeware
  • London – Hendon
Rav Elyada Goldwicht, founder of the OU’s Semichas Chaver Program, heads a panel discussion of Semichas Chaver rabbis at Torah New York.

A New Platform for Daf Learners of All Levels

A Virtual Yeshivah for Daf Learners of All Levels

With over thousands of users daily, the OU’s daf yomi initiative has grown into a valuable resource that is loved by seasoned veterans and those learning the daf for the first time alike. As the new cycle approaches in January 2020, the initiative will expand with the creation of All Daf, a comprehensive platform that will cater to Daf Yomi learners of every level, offering an expansive array of content and an intuitive user experience across new mobile app, website, and podcast platforms.

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Dr. Henry Abramson, dean of Lander College of Arts and Sciences and a renowned expert on Jewish history, spoke as part of the “All Daf” track at Torah New York
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OU Kosher COO, Rabbi Moshe Elefant, delivers a live version of his popular Daf Yomi shiur at Torah New York.