Parashat Tzav: The Chosenness Of Kohanim

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “This offering, with cakes of leavened bread added, he shall offer along with his thanksgiving sacrifice … of this he shall offer one of...

Drinking On Purim

By Akiva Lane Megilla 7b says somewhat cryptically: On Purim “One is obligated to drink until he doesn’t know the difference between arur Haman (Haman should be cursed) and baruch...

The Mitzvah Of Mishloach Manos

To some, the most important question of the halachos of mishloach manos is whether one is permitted to eat on Purim day before one has fulfilled the mitzvah or...

RAA Joins With Far Rockaway And Five Towns Rabbis

On the Sunday before Purim, over 80 rabbis met in the White Shul in Far Rockaway to discuss the important services provided by the Rabbinical Alliance of America—Igud HaRabbonim,...

Rav Yerucham Olshin’s New Purim Sefer

A Review by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Until now, Purim was not as geshmak as the other Yomim Tovim throughout the year.  Why was this so?  Because until now,...

Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Komocha Campaign to Blanket Five Towns

By Margie Pensak The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation is coming to the Five Towns during Sefirah, led by a group of ba’alei batim. The goal: to create a profound impact...

Real Clear Daf: Is a Liquid Forbidden If a Forbidden Taste Is Added

A review of some of this week’s daf yomi key concepts (Parashas Vayikra – Chullin) Can a liquid become inherently forbidden if a forbidden taste is added to it? This came...

Halachic Musings: Eradicating Amalek By Eliminating Ga’avah

  As we read the parashah of remembering what Amalek did to us, there are a number of areas we can examine. What are the reasons for this mitzvah? Are...

Halachic Musings: Argh! Do UGGs Have Shatnez?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Whether boots, slippers, or sneakers, the footwear called UGGs is behind the first major shatnez crisis of 2019. The UGG crisis led to thousands of phone calls...

Halachic Musings: Kallah Drums Up Controversy In Bnei Brak

Videos and news items have been circulating of a kallah playing the drums at her wedding reception in Bnei Brak. First the chassan joined the band as a vocalist;...

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The Way It Is: Programmed For Pesach

  It’s that time of year again. The season is here when we see the advertisements for Pesach programs. Most of us are still sweeping...

Trump Signs Proclamation Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking on, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the...

Humor: Folding Money

  What would you do if you had $18,000 to burn? We should all have such problems. In case you were wondering, yes, that was me in...

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