The OU Women’s Initiative, a division of the Orthodox Union, has launched a daily podcast called “Counting Toward Sinai,” offering shiurim about T’filah. The series will include lectures given by 49 renowned female scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel, who will present five-minute shiurim at the pace of one per day during the 49 days of S’firas HaOmer leading up to the holiday of Shavuos.

The podcast includes shiurim about daily t’filos as well as those pertaining to Yom Tov, including Modeh Ani, Birchos HaShachar, Birchos HaTorah, Az Yashir, Yishtabach, Sh’ma, T’shuvah, Hallel, and Musaf for the Shalosh R’galim, etc. Lectures are geared toward learners of all levels. To subscribe to the Counting Toward Sinai podcast and to access more content, visit

“Our hope is that these brief but meaningful presentations will help listeners to understand and strengthen their t’filah as we get closer to Shavuos,” said OU Women’s Initiative Founding Director Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. “Our goal is to bring women together from all over the world and elevate the t’filah experience.”

Speakers from Long Island and Queens include:

  • Jenna Beltser (Woodmere, NY)
  • Chana Glatt (Queens, NY)
  • Michal Horowitz (Five Towns, NY)
  • Elisheva Kaminetsky (Five Towns, NY)
  • Shulamit Rubin (Far Rockaway, NY)
  • Ayelet Shachar (Queens, NY)
  • Tzipora Weinberg (Woodmere, NY)


“Our Women’s Initiative continues to create dynamic programming and learning opportunities for the Jewish community, and we’re excited by the overwhelmingly positive response regarding the Counting Toward Sinai podcast,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.

“For many in our community, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of t’filah, and many are looking for continued inspiration behind these prayers we recite each day,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin. “We hope that this podcast helps to infuse meaning into our daily t’filos.”

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