Affirming Not Swearing: a Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for J.B. Pritzker is a Jewish billionaire. He is also scheduled to be sworn in as the next governor of the state of Illinois. Jared Polis,...

Halachic Musings: Marry My Ex — Please!

No, the headline is not a Henny Youngman joke. Rather, it was the basis of a question that was posed recently to two outstanding gedolei ha’dor: Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein,...

Halachic Musings: How to Do Better at V’ahavta L’rei’acha Kamocha

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman How did it happen? Our parents’ and grandparents’ generations were completely aghast at the frivolous spending of money. Yet, somehow, we have become a nation with...

Prince William Visits the Kosel. Did He Get a Mitzvah?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for Prince William is on the final day of his tour of Israel.  This is the first official visit to Israel by a member of...

BHI Hotline: Sharing a Wall

  Mr. Waltuch and Mr. Hauser owned adjacent properties. Relations between them were not very cordial. A tall dividing wall stood between their properties. One day, Mr. Waltuch decided to build...

Wine and Wisdom Program Focuses on Mikvah, Intimacy

Women of the community are in for a special treat on Wednesday, July 11, when the Five Towns Yoetzet Initiative hosts "Wine and Wisdom," at Congregation Beth Sholom at...

Halachic Musings: Having A Career And A Conscience

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman You have taken a job. Your boss is morally challenged, and is taking advantage of customers. Are you obligated to quit and find another job? Three Scenarios ...

Halachic Musings: Lev Tahor and Pidyon Shvuyim

When is it appropriate to raise money to help someone get out of jail? On motzaei Shabbos, yet another Lev Tahor leader was arrested for kidnapping. The FBI made the...

From The BHI Hotline: No-Show At Beis Din

Q. I received a summons to appear before beis din. I showed up on the appointed date but the plaintiff did not. May I demand reimbursement for my lawyer...

Halachic Musings: Private Number

The texts went something like this: “Please call me for a sec. Bit time sensitive. Need a number. Thx.” The recipient of the text responded with this: “718-555-5555” “That’s his office number. I...

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Elan Carr, the United States’ new envoy to combat antisemitism, told American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem that he will work to end the “attempted...

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