British Court Orders Man to Pay Wife Maintenance Until He Issues Get

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — A British businessman must continue to pay his wife maintenance payments until he gives her a religious divorce, or get, a British appeals court ruled. Alan...

Get Refuser Meir Kin Says There Was No Deal With Rabbanut

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The man whose mother’s burial was delayed in Israel over his alleged refusal to give his wife a religious divorce said reports that he had changed...

The Case of the Missing Shoe at Playgroup

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman A young child was dropped off at playgroup in the morning with two socks and two shoes. Upon pickup, however, the child is wearing the two...

Woman’s Burial Delayed Until Her Son Agrees to Wife’s Get

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A man who has refused to give his wife a religious Jewish divorce for a decade consented to set her free in order to allow his...

Halachic Musings: Self Control Lessons Learned From Chris Cuomo

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman An incident occurred last Sunday on Shelter Island, when Governor Cuomo’s brother, Chris, 49, an anchor on CNN, was taking his family out to dinner. Apparently, a...

Halachic Musings: Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami

Being joyous and celebrating Shabbos Nachamu is a custom with deep historical roots. The Maharil in his Minhagim (27) explains that the entire nation should rejoice on this special...

Halachic Musings: The Great Shidduch Résumé Leak

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The story was broken by Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt of the Forward, but first appeared on a Facebook group called “FrumGirlProblems.” A shidduch-oriented social media network advertises itself...

Halachic Musings: When Tishah B’Av Falls On Shabbos

“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 my cholent pot...

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...

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...
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