Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Thanks to a generous donation by Marcos and Adina Katz, YU is proud to announce the introduction of its YUTorah App. Providing anywhere-in-the-world access to YUTorah.org, the largest audio Torah website in the world, users will now be able to listen to more than 180,000 shiurim and over 2,000 speakers affiliated with YU on their mobile device.

According to Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, the David Mitzner Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future and University Life at Yeshiva University, “YUTorah is a Beis Midrash like no other. A collection that we’ve never seen in the history of the Jewish people because it literally is interconnecting Torah learning communities  all over the world under one virtual roof across a diverse array of speakers for people to come and engage.”

“It is impossible to properly assess the Katz family’s enormous contribution to the international Torah world. YUTorah is a platform that perpetually inspires millions across the globe and allows listeners to experience a sense of connection that they’ve never felt before. I’ve met listeners from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia who have expressed that YUTorah serves as the sole spiritual lifeline to their communities. It is the most humbling privilege to be a small part of this sacred endeavor and I am eternally grateful to the entire Katz family for their amazing generosity and for their global vision for the Jewish people,” noted Assistant Rabbi Shay Schachter of Young Israel of Woodmere, New York.

Many YUTorah.org listeners engage through their mobile devices that allows them to connect to the world of YU Torah in the most seamless and ideal manner possible. The app allows users to search for speakers, create their personalized preferences and caches, and adjust the speed of the speakers. Other features include the ability to return to different shiurim at different times, exactly where the user left them off, and to sort by thousands of different categories, venue, speaker, topic and parsha.

Rabbi Glasser described the app as, “connecting the individual Jew to some of the most inspiring, substantive and life-transforming Talmud Torah available in the world. YUTorah was created thanks to the vision of Marcos and Adina Katz. Their vision was that they saw, long before others did, that in the future people would harness the power of the internet -- and that interconnectivity would not just be for commerce and information, but also for spiritual growth and connecting to our yeshiva. And they believed in the power of the unique message and substance of the Torah of Yeshiva University as relevant and resonant to the rest of the world.”

On March 3, Yeshiva Universtiy will celebrate the launch of Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah App with a special event, “Talmud Torah in the 21st Century.”   The event will begin at 9:30 am with a shiur from Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, RIETS, and one of the most sought-after speakers in the YUTorah collection. The event will also feature a panel on the future of Torah learning that will include Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, Senior Magid Shiur at Lander’s College for Men, Fall 2019 Incoming Director of Semikha Program, RIETS and rabbi of Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere; Mrs. Chaya Batya Neugroschl, Head of School, YU High School for Girls; Rabbi Shay Schachter, Rosh Bais Medrash, Young Israel of Woodmere and Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg, Rebbe and Mashgiach Ruchani, Stone Beit Midrash Program, and Mashpia, Congregation Beth Abraham of Bergenfield, NJ. Please register at www.yu.edu/YUTorahApp 

 

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