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North American ‘Chidon HaTanach’ Adult Bible Contest Semi-Finals to Be Held June 19

Once again, the Orthodox Union and the Center for the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University join the World Zionist Organization and other partners in co-sponsoring the US National Bible Contest for Adults, an event that will determine which outstanding Bible scholars will represent the United States at the International Chidon HaTanach (Bible Contest) for Adults.

The American contest will be held online on Monday, June 6, and the semi-finals will be held live on Sunday, June 19, in New York City.

“Tanach is the cornerstone of our history and our shared Jewish heritage—it unifies Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael in a way that nothing else can,” said Zev Berman, the US Coordinator of the International Chidon HaTanach for Adults and former OU national officer. “Our contestants run the gamut, representing all streams of Judaism and every level of observance. This competition is truly a unifying force within the Jewish community.”

The contest is open for everyone 24 and over from the United States, Canada and France. Outstanding participants will be invited to compete in the semi-finals to be held in New York (exact location to be determined). The winners will receive a free trip to Israel to represent their countries in the final competition in Jerusalem on the fifth night of Chanukah, December 28.

With the Orthodox Union’s vast Torah resources through its publications and website, it was only natural for the nation’s most recognized kashrut and Jewish community organization to be involved in the contest.

“The OU Torah section on the Orthodox Union website, outorah.org, comprises a wide variety of programs addressing many areas of Torah, with significant resources devoted to Daf Yomi and Nach Yomi, the multi-year cycles that cover all of the Talmud, the books of the Prophets and the other writings in the Torah canon,” “Thousands of people around the world immerse themselves daily in the OU shiurim taught by distinguished rabbis from the OU and beyond. With this background, there is no question that when offered the co-sponsorship of the national contest, the OU happily accepted.” declared OU Torah Editor Rabbi Jack Abramowitz.

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