Netanyahu’s Grandchildren and the Satmar Rebbe

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Recently, the Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, Reb Zalman Leib, traveled to Israel to distribute some $5 million to institutions that do not accept any funding from...

Using Reform and Conservative Synagogues and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman When one brings up using non-Orthodox synagogues, many respond with an emotion-filled reaction. The truth is one cannot really understand another person without having walked a...

Halachic Musings: Can a School Confiscate Students’ Belongings?

The story seems a little far-fetched. A group of eighth-graders, it is said, collected money for a graduation trip. The amount was about $5,000. The students gave the money to...

Halachic Musings: Choosing Our Words

  “That person is a murderer — he’s going to kill dozens of people, if not more!” “Well, that other person is a moiser! How dare he?” Rav Shmuel Brudny, zt’l, a...

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...

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...

Halacha Yomis: Daily Halachic Companion From OU Press

OU Press, the publishing division of the Orthodox Union, announces the publication of Halacha Yomis: A Daily Halachic Companion. Containing 354 brief selections, one halacha for each day of...

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...

From The BHI Hotline: Change Of Plans

  Question: Our camp gave us an off Shabbos. A van was hired to take a group of us into the city, but at the last minute I canceled my...

Halachic Musings: Shopping the American Dream

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Yeshiva Week” is over and almost everyone has returned from midwinter vacation. Some enjoyed a staycation; some went to Eretz Yisrael or Miami; some went skiing;...
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