Bloom on Parashat Yitro: The Desert’s Advantage

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “Whoever prophesied did so either in Eretz Yisrael or concerning Eretz Yisrael … Jeremiah’s prophecy was . He prophesied in the portion of Egypt...

Kiddush on Schnapps:  A Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It is Shabbos morning.  You desperately need to hear Kiddush in order to eat or drink something.  Someone offers to make Kiddush for you and does...

Halachic Musings: Tu B’Shevat Renewal

  In the 17th century, Tu B’Shevat underwent a metamorphosis because of the publication of a new mystical and Kabbalistic work, Chemdas Yamim. Its origins are somewhat obscure. It was...

Halachic Musings: Predator Protection

It is a scenario that has been repeated over and over again. A predator in the community seeks out the young and vulnerable. It could be in schools, in...

Thousands of Lomdim Led By Gedolei Yisrael Participate in Dirshu Convention

  By Chaim Gold “You ruined my life!” he said, as he grabbed me by both arms. Those were the startling words that a Yid who met Rav Dovid Hofstedter told...

Bloom on Parashat Beshalach: “Manna” of The Kohanim

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute And the L-rd said to Moshe, “I will rain down bread for you from the sky, and the people shall go out and gather...

The Riminov Method of Increasing Wealth

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There are many segulos for increasing wealth. The Chasam Sofer mentions a number of them (cited in a Sefer called Segulos HaSofer).  The Chasam Sofer recommends a...

It Clucks Like a Chicken, But Is It Kosher?

  In 2013, the Leghorn chicken was the subject of a kashrus controversy. In 2017, the Braekel chicken was the subject of another kashrus controversy. However, even those who are...

Halachic Musings: Woman Who Lost Her Sons Deserves Our Help

  Pidyon shvuyim is a great mitzvah. It occupies one of the first areas in Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Tzedakah. The Talmud (Bava Basra 8b) says that captivity is worse than...

Hidden Value: The Importance Of Bible Study

By Meni Even-Israel Throughout our history, Jewish leaders of every stripe have underscored the importance of Bible study. More than an examination of our birthright or an analysis of our...

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BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the Jewish community needs to be protected against its concerns about antisemitism coming...

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  By Y. Samuels One night last week, I went to three close family members’ weddings. They all took place in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, so...

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, is reportedly set to announce her bid for the Democratic presidential nod. Harris, 54, is...

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