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EL AL and Yeshiva University Take Torah to the Skies

YUTorah offered for in-flight use for first time since 2003 launch


NEW YORK – February 1, 2024 - Yeshiva University, the flagship Jewish university, is bringing Torah to passengers of EL AL, the Israeli National Airline. Recently launched in early 2024, travelers currently have the opportunity to listen to audio recordings of YUTorah, which debuted as an online platform of Torah study more than 20 years ago.

Since the war began on October 7, EL AL has transported travelers to and from Israel flying with a great sense of purpose and mission - including IDF reservists flying home to active duty – YUTorah’s high-level content will enrich the travel experience for EL AL’s passengers.

EL AL travelers now have inflight access to shiurim (classes) from YU’s preeminent Torah personalities, Rebbeim, scholars and educators. The shiurim will be updated every four to six weeks, with content relevant to the time of year and the upcoming Jewish holidays.

EL AL passengers now have access in-flight to YUTorah audio recordings
EL AL passengers now have access in-flight to YUTorah audio recordings

The broadcasts will include discussions on Halacha (Jewish law), Jewish history, Tefillah (Jewish prayer), dating and marriage, parenting and Parsha (weekly Torah portion); and feature a wide range of notable YU-affiliated speakers, such as YU President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, Rabbi Menachem Penner, Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Dr. David Pelcovitz, Dr. Rona Novick, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh, and Dr. Nechama Price.

“This is a great opportunity to broaden YU’s reach, and spread our values across the globe,” said Rabbi Ari Rockoff, Yeshiva University’s David Mitzner Community Dean for Values and Leadership, who co-founded the YUTorah website in 2003. “With our EL AL partnership, we are perpetuating and fulfilling the mission of YU Torah and Yeshiva University, connecting people with Torah.”

YUTorah was the first major Torah online platform and has continued to provide the largest range and scale of Torah offerings in the world. Since launching in 2003, YUTorah has recorded 350,000 classes and counting, featured 3,500 speakers and is visited by 2.5 million learners annually.

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About Yeshiva University

As the flagship Jewish university, Yeshiva University is animated by its five core Torah values: Seek Truth (Torat Emet), Live Your Values (Torat Chaim), Discover Your Potential (Torat Adam), Act With Compassion (Torat Chesed) and Bring Redemption (Torat Tzion). Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools – Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business – offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, the Katz School of Science and Health and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic institutions.