Halachic Musings: Making Minyan as a Single Father

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The rise in the divorce rate in the Orthodox community has created a situation where more and more fathers face a dilemma of either personally watching...

Cheaters Never Win

About a week ago, a junior at the prestigious Bronx High School of Science was taking the U.S. History Regents exam. On his lap, during the test, was a...

Halachic Musings: Can a School Confiscate Students’ Belongings?

The story seems a little far-fetched. A group of eighth-graders, it is said, collected money for a graduation trip. The amount was about $5,000. The students gave the money to...

Halachic Musings: Desecration of the Divine Name

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is chillul Hashem. And then there is something that we can call Avi avos chillul Hashem. What happened last week in the state legislature can...

The Jewish Underground

A father passes away and is buried in the local cemetery. The children move away. The mother moves to live next to the children. Can the deceased be reinterred...

Halachic Musings: Making Shavuos the Happiest Day Of The Year

Shavuos is the happiest yom tov of the year. Most people might think it is Purim or Simchas Torah, but Shavuos? And the answer is, “Yes, Shavuos.” The Gemara 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: 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: What Does a Flag Have to Do With Kashrus?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The case of the sandwich shop in Lakewood flying an Israeli flag on Israel’s Independence Day and the alleged statement of the mashgiach of the store’s...

Halachic Musings: Overview of Sefiras HaOmer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman What follows is an overview of some of the spiritual dimensions of sefiras haomer followed by some of the pertinent halachos. Aside from the actual mitzvah...
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