‘The Empty Wagon’: A Review Of R’ Yaakov Shapiro’s Attack on Zionism

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro’s "The Empty Wagon" is one of the most controversial books to hit the Orthodox world in decades. Its 1,373 pages deal with the...

Prince William Visits the Kosel. Did He Get a Mitzvah?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Prince William is on the final day of his tour of Israel.  This is the first official visit to Israel by a member of...

Nine Days Siyums: Boys Camps Versus Girls Camps

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the 5tjt.com In America we forbid fleishig restaurants and hotels from holding hourly siyums in order to allow its patrons to eat meat during the...

Torah Academy For Girls 55th Annual Dinner, February 20

According to dinner chairmen Eliyahu Berger and Yehuda Biber, the 55th annual dinner of Torah Academy for Girls promises to be an event that will touch the hearts of...

‘Just for a Minute’: Is It OK to Park in a Private Lot?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com You had everything you needed for the 4th of July barbeque, but you forgot the mustard.  You scour the fridge, but it is nowhere...

When Tisha B’Av Falls on Shabbos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Can we take those pre-fasting pills on Shabbos or is that considered hachanah?” “Do I really bring my Tishah B’Av shoes to shul on Friday?” “Is it true...

Halachic Musings: Shidduchim Rooms at Weddings?

  Some weddings have bars. Some weddings have a mitzvah tantze. And some weddings have shidduchim Rooms. At least the Genack/Wilheim wedding did. Last Tuesday, at the Hilton Westchester Hotel (formerly...

What Rabbi Weinberger Really Wants

By Ben Yissachar Dov The chareidi intelligentsia’s attention has been riveted, in recent weeks, to an ongoing debate between Woodmere’s Rabbi Moshe Weinberger and his chevrah of “neo-Chassidim” versus “old-guard”...

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...

Rabbi Weinberger’s Answer to Today’s Essential Challenge

  By Ben Yissachar Dov For most Torah-observant men, irrespective of age or background, the question of how to deal with one’s sexuality and channel it appropriately is beyond uncomfortable. And...
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