‘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...

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...

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...

Spiders and the Chovos HaL’vavos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com There are so many aspects of Hashem’s Divine Wisdom that they are uncountable. But here is a truly remarkable one: spiders. Darwin once made an...

Matanos L’Evyonim: An Overview

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The mitzvah of matanos l’evyonim on Purim is discussed in the Gemara at the bottom of Megillah 7a. The mitzvah is to give at least one...

Abusers And The Obligation To Apologize

This week is parashas Acharei Mos-Kedoshim, wherein the Torah deems it necessary to enumerate the concept of arayos. There have been plenty of headlines and stories about people who have...

Back to Basics: Our Preoccupation with Chametz

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon The Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt is a defining moment in the birth of our nation, and every part of the Torah’s description of...

The Great Post-Pesach Beer Crisis Of 2018

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Americans love beer. Beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea. On average, each American consumes 2 1/3 gallons of...

Anti-Vaxx Coalition Targeting Lakewood, N.J.

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Imagine, Heaven forbid, the following headlines: “Measles Outbreak in Lakewood, N.J.” There is a group of people attempting to form a coalition that could quite likely cause these...

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By: Elishama Marmon (‘20) On Shabbos, November 9-10, Rabbi Mendelson’s Eleventh Grade shiur enjoyed a Shabbos in yeshiva with their rebbe. In addition to inspiring...

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