Back to Basics: Our Preoccupation with Chametz

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon The Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt is a defining moment in the birth of our nation, and every part of the Torah’s description of...

Anti-Vaxx Coalition Targeting Lakewood, N.J.

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Imagine, Heaven forbid, the following headlines: “Measles Outbreak in Lakewood, N.J.” There is a group of people attempting to form a coalition that could quite likely cause these...

Spousal Abuse And Halachah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The recent headlines about President Trump’s ousted staff secretary Rob Porter amid allegations of spousal abuse by two ex-wives bring up the following question: What does...

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...

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Borrowed Costume by Rabbi Meir Orlian “What are your children dressing up as on Purim?” Mrs. Kahn asked her neighbor. “Our whole family chooses a theme,” answered Mrs. Lieber. “My husband also...

‘Draw’ Your Own Conclusion

By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow The Gemara in Avodah Zarah discusses the fact that Rabban Gamliel owned pictures of the moon. The images facilitated the questioning of witnesses who came to...

Real Clear Daf

By Rabbi Shmuel Wise Review of Daf Yomi Concepts from Parashas Vayakhel-Pekudei – Avodah Zara Q: What is the status when prohibited material is merely a contributing factor? A: We learned about...

Tattling Or Tochachah?

It was Adar, and some of the kids incorrectly took the notion of “Mi’shenichnas Adar marbim b’simcha” to an extreme. One of them had pulled the fire alarm. The...

Matanos L’Evyonim: An Overview

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The mitzvah of matanos l’evyonim on Purim is discussed in the Gemara at the bottom of Megillah 7a. The mitzvah is to give at least one...

The Mitzvah Of Mishloach Manos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There are four types of people in the world: Those who prepare their mishloach manos many days before Purim; those who prepare the day before Purim;...
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Kohelet: The ‘Wright’ Motivation

By Danyel Goldberg Shulamith High School Assistant Principal אֹהֵ֥ב כֶּ֨סֶף֙ לֹֽא־יִשְׂבַּ֣ע כֶּ֔סֶף וּמִֽי־אֹהֵ֥ב בֶּֽהָמ֖וֹן לֹ֣א תְבוּאָ֑ה גַּם־זֶ֖ה הָֽבֶל Whoever loves silver will not be sated with silver,...

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