Business Halacha: Purloined Esrogim

Yeshivas Limud HaTorah hosted a lulav-and-esrog fair. “Best selection; best prices!” the signs announced. “A dozen sellers! Prices $60–$250 per set!” Mr. Freilich’s esrogim were good quality; he did excellent...

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: Making Shavuos the Happiest Day Of The Year

Shavuos is the happiest yom tov of the year. Most people might think it is Purim or Simchas Torah, but Shavuos? And the answer is, “Yes, Shavuos.” The Gemara in...

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...

Sukkot: The Etrog

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute The mitzvah of taking the arba’ah minim on Sukkot is the paradigm of hiddur mitzvah. Since the Torah refers to the etrog as “the...

Halachic Musings: The Three Weeks

Although the Three Weeks and the other two fasts are a period of mourning and introspection, the Navi Zechariah tells us (Zechariah 8:19) that, eventually, the four fasts of...

Halachic Musings: The Nine Days

From Rosh Chodesh Av: The Nine Days Eating meat and drinking wine. The Gemara forbids eating meat in the last meal before Tishah B’Av. Nonetheless, it is the custom not...

Halachic Musings: Singles-Minded Approach to Rosh Hashanah

  Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and the thoughts of many are about bringing shidduchim for ourselves, our children, and our siblings this year. Indeed, it is cited from the Bianer...

Rav Moshe Shternbuch, Shlita, Discusses Vaccination Obligation

The following translation was done by Rabbi Yair Hoffman from the original letter Rav Moshe Shternbuch, shlita, wrote to Rav Malkiel Kotler, shlita. 18 Kislev 5779 To the honorable rosh yeshiva...
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  By Zvi Gluck Here we are again, in the home stretch of what has been a wonderful yom tov season, an inspirational and emotional period...

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