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

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Prince William is on the final day of his tour of Israel.  This is the first official visit to Israel by a member 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...

Business Weekly

By Rabbi Meir Orlian Mr. Rubin was meeting a business associate, Mr. Metzger. “I owe you $10,000,” Mr. Rubin said. “I hope to pay within the month.” “That’s funny,” replied Mr. Metzger....

Business Halacha: Who Should Be Believed?

  Mr. Lander had sued Mr. Braun in beis din. They stood before Rabbi Dayan and his colleagues. Rabbi Dayan turned to Mr. Lander. “You are the plaintiff,” he said. “What...

Dirshu: Halacha And Mussar For Every Jew

  Two pivotal meetings to highlight Dirshu’s new Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Mussar program were recently held: one at the home of HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita, rosh yeshiva of...

How Having A Yoetzet Halacha Makes For Comfortable Q&A

By Lisa Septimus About a year ago my friend was on the Long Island Railroad sitting behind a group of five young religious women who were talking and she heard...

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...

Tzohar Rabbi Is Incorrect: Cloned Pig Meat Is Not Kosher

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman In a recent viral interview with Ynet News and carried by JTA, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow of the Tzohar organization is quoted as saying, “cloned meat produced...

Honoring Step-mothers and Other Relatives

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com “YOU’RE NOT MY MOTHER! SO I don’t have to honor you.” “Yes you still do, young lady.” Everyone knows about the Mitzvah of honoring parents –...

Onaas Dvarim: Causing Others Pain

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com There is a verse in VaYikra that has been little understood. The verse is velo sonu Ish es amiso – (VaYikra 25:17). The Mitzvah...

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Millions of Jews Worldwide Pause to Observe Yom Kippur

The holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, was set to commence at sunset on Tuesday. The holy day will see Israel come...

The Way It Is: Onward and Upward to Sukkot!

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have ended, and now we look forward to Sukkot. While we were all grateful for the opportunity to daven...

Russia: Israel Indirectly to Blame for Downing of Plane Over Syria

Russia on Tuesday accused Israel of indirectly causing a Russian military plane to be shot down near Syria’s Mediterranean coast, and threatened to retaliate against Israel for what...

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