OU Press announces the publication of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s Torah Beloved: Reflections on the Love of Torah and the Celebration of the Holiday of Matan Torah, published in conjunction with Ktav Publishing House.
In Judaism, the act of studying Torah is not merely an intellectual exercise or one mitzvah among many others, but the preeminent value in our lives. Torah Beloved, a collection of sermons relating to the festival of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah, and the love of Torah, expresses the Jewish attitude with the eloquence and felicity for which Rabbi Lamm is renowned. In addition to the collected sermons, Torah Beloved also contains two essays by Rabbi Lamm on subjects related to this volume, on the relationship between scholarship and piety, and on the relative value of learning versus knowing.
Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm is the former president of Yeshiva University and former rabbi of the Jewish Center in Manhattan. The author of many acclaimed works of Jewish thought, Rabbi Lamm possesses an uncommon ability to convey an essential message with wit and verve. In Torah Beloved, readers will encounter novel insights and ideas not only about learning Torah but about loving Torah.
OU Press, the publishing division of the Orthodox Union, publishes quality works of Torah scholarship by leading Jewish thinkers, including Rabbi Lamm’s Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays, Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages, and The Megillah: Majesty and Mystery.
People in 107 Countries Download Orthodox Union’s ‘All Daf’ App
More than 26,000 people in 107 countries have downloaded the “All Daf” app, an innovative free digital platform for daf yomi learners created by the Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community.
Beyond offering shiurim on the daily daf, All Daf offers participants of all backgrounds the opportunity to enhance their learning with a host of topics related to the day’s daf, including Jewish history, lomdus, Tanach, and other sources and resources. Daily shiurim on the daf are offered by world-renowned maggidei shiur such as Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Rabbi Shalom Rosner, Rabbi Sruly Bornstein, and Rabbi Shlomie Schwartzberg. All Daf introduces participants to fascinating subjects in the daf with written and video content from teachers such as Dr. Henry Abramson, dean of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences, on historical subjects related to the day’s daf, and audio content focusing on the pesukim quoted in the daf from Rabbi Ya’akov Trump, rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst, among others.
The app has been downloaded in 107 countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Curacao, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and others.
“All Daf is the largest Torah initiative to date spearheaded by the OU. We created it to open up daf yomi learning to an even broader group of Jews at all learning levels,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “As we developed the app, we knew that it would be a tremendous resource and tool for those looking to learn daf yomi, but it has exceeded our expectations because it offers something for everyone, both the experienced learner and the person new to daf yomi.”
“The OU is constantly looking for new ways to make Torah accessible to the global Jewish community and we’re so happy to see that Jewish people in South America, Central America, the Arabian Gulf, Africa, and the Southern Hemisphere are utilizing the app to be part of a worldwide Torah learning community,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.
“With a plethora of options of shiurim and commentaries, All Daf enables participants of every background with the ability to customize their learning experience wherever they may be studying,” said Orthodox Union Daf Yomi Initiative Director Rabbi Moshe Schwed. “The app provides an alternate option for those who cannot attend a daily daf yomi shiur or who want to do a more in-depth review of what they learned in their shiur or are simply on-the-go.”
All Daf is available in the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and at AllDaf.org.