Should People Think We Sing ‘Why Mourn? Why Suffer? Let’s Go Dance’?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com “I'm gonna dance with men and women together. Why mourn? Why suffer? Start dreaming and laughing. Feel, dance and enjoy. You only live once....

The Fallen Kosel Stone: A Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com A stone from the Kosel fell Sunday morning. Thank G-d, no one was hurt. It fell in the section that was designated for egalitarian...

Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Tshuva About Tisha B’Av and Daf Yomi

This year, Tisha B’Av is observed on Sunday, the tenth of Av, which coincides with the Daf HaYomi of Zvachim Daf Kuf.  That daf deals with the halachos of...

Those Dining Room Sinks

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com No, this article was not sponsored by one of those fancy sink stores. But the fact is that a number of people are installing...

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...

Are Rooms On Top of Shuls Kosher?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com Many of our shuls have living quarters or other purpose rooms above them. Are they kosher? If so, is it ideal? The Shulchan Aruch Orech...

Standing Up for the Elderly: Is it Sixty or Seventy?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the 5TJT.com There is a Mitzvah in the Torah to stand before an older person and to respect Torah scholars. The Mitzvah (see Sefer HaChinuch...

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...

From The BHI Hotline: Sales Agent’s Commission

Q. I hired a sales agent and agreed to pay him a percentage of the gross sales that he generates as his commission. In retrospect, I didn’t realize how...

BHI Money Matters: Turning To The Guarantor

Q. At what point can the lender turn to the guarantor to collect from him? A. The lender must sue the borrower first, even if he does not have known...

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