Business Halacha: Computer on Hold

One of Benjy’s computers stopped working. He took it to Shlomi’s computer shop to be fixed. Shlomi examined the computer quickly. “The electric supply and CPU have to be replaced,”...

The Ethical Will of Rav Yehudah HaChassid

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com “You’re doing construction? Don’t close off that window!” “Don’t you dare go out with her! She has the same name as your mother!” “If you left...

Halacha: ‘How to Shoplift’ YouTube Videos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com There are YouTube Videos that teach people how to go about shoplifting from various stores. There are quite a few that teach a person...

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...

‘Impeach the #!@$!!’: Silence It Or Learn From It?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It's all over the mainstream media but almost absent from Jewish news sites and papers. Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, on the day she was...

Halachic Musings: Putting a Con Artist Out of Business

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman When is it permitted to act upon a possible thief or con man in our midst? When can we warn others about those who engage in...

Halachic Musings: The Lowdown on Tvilas Keilim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is an organization called the “Coney Island Polar Bear Club” where members take a plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean in...

Halachic Musings: Priest Wearing Tefillin

It was a strange sight to behold — a priest wearing tefillin. The picture was taken at the burial site of Dovid HaMelech, located on Har Tzion in the Old...

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...

Air Conditioner Left Running

By Rabbi Meir Orlian The Shapiros owned an apartment in Yerushalayim, where they often spent the yamim tovim. Their neighbors, the Landaus, were traveling there for the Yamim Nora’im. “Would...
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