BHI: Butter Barter

Shavuos was here. The Goldin family was about to sit down for a milchig meal and eagerly awaited the rare opportunity to eat challah with butter. “Where is the butter?”...

Affirming Not Swearing: a Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com 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,...

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...

Business Halacha From The BHI Hotline

Who Owns The Mishloach Manos? Q: I gave my son some mishloach manos to deliver. After he left, I called him and told him not to deliver one of them...

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...

Halachic Musings: Woman Who Lost Her Sons Deserves Our Help

  Pidyon shvuyim is a great mitzvah. It occupies one of the first areas in Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Tzedakah. The Talmud (Bava Basra 8b) says that captivity is worse than...

The Great Bingo Riot and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The following story is true and occurred somewhere in the eastern United States. In order to protect the identity of the individuals involved the...

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 ...
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TEAM Shabbos, December 22

Be aware. Be responsible. Be prepared. End-of-life arrangements may not be easy to talk about, but delaying the conversation sets the stage for serious problems—at a most difficult time. Join...

Halachic Musings: Eradicating Amalek By Eliminating Ga’avah

  As we read the parashah of remembering what Amalek did to us, there are a number of areas we can examine. What are the reasons for this mitzvah? Are...
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Netflix Picks Up Rights to 2019, 2020 Eurovision Broadcasts

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Tel Aviv in May, can be seen on Netflix. Netflix picked up...

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BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will complete his tenure in Washington D.C .at the end of...

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