Halachic Musings: Putting a Con Artist Out of Business

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman When is it permitted to act upon a possible thief or con man in our midst? When can we warn others about those who engage in...

Chief Rabbi Wants Jews to Extend Shabbat to Protest Eurovision Timing

(JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, called on Jews to extend by 20 minutes the time they observe Shabbat this week to protest its violation during the...

Halachic Musings: What Does a Flag Have to Do With Kashrus?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The case of the sandwich shop in Lakewood flying an Israeli flag on Israel’s Independence Day and the alleged statement of the mashgiach of the store’s...

Bloom on Parashat Emor: Sacrifices From Our Produce

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather...

Report: More Businesses Turning to Beth Din for Conflict Resolution

The Beth Din of America, widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish religious courts in North America, released a new report showing that more small- and medium-sized businesses...

Shabbos Kedoshim Brings Community Together for Kamocha Program

  On this Shabbos, Parashas Kedoshim, a historic movement for achdus will bring together 54 shuls and all 11 schools in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway community. It’s all...

Israeli Beats Teens from 30 Countries at World Bible Contest

The World Bible Contest for Youth at the Jerusalem Theater was won on Thursday by Yonatan Weissman, a 12th grader at Yeshivat Yerushalayim in Nechalim, who beat out 15 competitors...

Back to Basics: Preparing for ‘Marriage’ at Shavuos

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon As we start the process of counting the Omer, it is never too early to simultaneously prepare ourselves for Shavuos. The giving of the Torah on Har...

Halachic Musings: Overview of Sefiras HaOmer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman What follows is an overview of some of the spiritual dimensions of sefiras haomer followed by some of the pertinent halachos. Aside from the actual mitzvah...

YOSS to Host Yom Iyun in Memory of Rav Kamenetzky, zt’l

  Two years have passed since the petirah of Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt’l, the founder of the Jewish community in the Five Towns. To commemorate his second yahrzeit, Yeshiva of...
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Five Towns Community Raises $400,000 for Friends of IDF

  Some 550 community leaders raised $400,000 to support well-being and educational programs for the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)...

YUConnects Kicks Off Long Island Event at Beth Sholom

  On Sunday, May 19, 200 people gathered for a community symposium at Congregation Beth Sholom. “When Our Children Date: The Complex Role of Parents”...

Author Judith Kerr Dies Weeks Before Her 96th Birthday

Kerr wrote about the Holocaust in a way children could understand Jewish and German-born British writer and illustrator Judith Kerr died on May 22, 2019...

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