Dr. Adina Shmidman

Nearly 4,000 people are participating weekly in Torat Imecha, a Nach Yomi program from the OU Women’s Initiative, a division of the Orthodox Union, as they look to join the daily online learning community. The program has gained in popularity as more people become homebound with work, schools, and shuls closed out of concern surrounding COVID-19.

Torat Imecha offers a daily podcast on the Nevi’im and Ketuvim at the pace of a chapter a day. Shiurim are given by female scholars and geared toward learners of all levels who would like to participate in the two-year study cycle. Rabbanit Shani Taragin, noted international scholar, delivers an introductory video for each sefer.

The app has been downloaded in 27 countries, including: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay.

“A core principal of Judaism is bringing people together. At a time like this when we are all davening and learning at home rather than in groups, there is a greater need to create opportunities to bring people together through technology,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.

“During this time when our community isn’t physically together, the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi program has played a pivotal role in creating a global learning community,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.

“With many of our synagogues and schools closed, our community is yearning for spirituality and Torah to help us get through these trying times. Torat Imecha brings everyone together to create an online community of learners,” said OU Women’s Initiative Founding Director Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. “We’ve received wonderful feedback from users around the world about how this makes them feel part of a community during a time when people feel more alone as communal infrastructures close due to the virus.”

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