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...

‘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...

‘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...

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...

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...

Should Halacha Allow People to Carry Weapons in Shul?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The horrific tragedy in a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Shabbos morning that left 11 people dead should cause us, perhaps, to rethink the manner...

The Steinsaltz Chumash: A Pioneering Masterwork Of Jewish Thought

Reviewed by Rochelle Miller As we prepared to celebrate the conclusion of another annual cycle of reading the Torah on Simchas Torah and begin the cycle anew, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel...

The Darchei Torah January 11 Honorees

Part 3 By Benzion Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. Yoav Taub, Guests of Honor. Yoav and Shari Taub, devoted parents and supporters of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, have a long and rich history...

Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi Festive Purim Mesiba

Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi, sometimes known as the Red Shul in Cedarhurst, turned all different colors in honor of Purim. The kehillah enjoyed a leibidig Purim with the mara...

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