Woman’s Burial Delayed Until Her Son Agrees to Wife’s Get

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A man who has refused to give his wife a religious Jewish divorce for a decade consented to set her free in order to allow his...

Halachic Musings: Self Control Lessons Learned From Chris Cuomo

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman An incident occurred last Sunday on Shelter Island, when Governor Cuomo’s brother, Chris, 49, an anchor on CNN, was taking his family out to dinner. Apparently, a...

Halachic Musings: When Tishah B’Av Falls On Shabbos

“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 my cholent pot...

Halachic Musings: The Great Shidduch Résumé Leak

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The story was broken by Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt of the Forward, but first appeared on a Facebook group called “FrumGirlProblems.” A shidduch-oriented social media network advertises itself...

The Case of the Missing Shoe at Playgroup

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman A young child was dropped off at playgroup in the morning with two socks and two shoes. Upon pickup, however, the child is wearing the two...

Halachic Musings: Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami

Being joyous and celebrating Shabbos Nachamu is a custom with deep historical roots. The Maharil in his Minhagim (27) explains that the entire nation should rejoice on this special...

Halachic Musings: Inducing Labor

  Notwithstanding the proliferation of halachah hotlines, it is getting harder and harder to get hold of a rav or posek during a critical time. One very common question that...

Halachic Musings: Of Pitbulls and Poodles

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman No one doubts that pitbulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, and mastiffs are dangerous dogs and there should be laws enacted to ensure the safety of citizens. In...

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...

Not So Fast: A Review Of Ta’anis Esther

During the time of Mordechai and Esther , the Jews united on the 13th of Adar to fight and wage war, standing up for their lives. They fasted during...
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