A New Historical Background to Tisha B’Av

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com As we begin the Nine Days, knowing the historical background of the churban help us mourn its destruction. Tisha B’Av is the culmination, of...

Halachic Musings: Tom Longboat And Halachah

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman This past week, Google featured Tom Longboat (1883-1949), a Native American (Iroquois) long-distance runner from Canada. He was a military runner in the First World War....

Halachic Musings: Pain-Free And Patur For Diabetics

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Imagine an electronic device that gedolei ha’poskim have ruled one is obligated to buy. For this article, some of Klal Yisrael’s leading poskim were consulted: Rav...

When Two Ideals Collide: Identifying Lashon Harah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman One Torah ideal is the concept of Lo Saamod al dam rayacha – do not stand idly by your brother’s blood – a mitzvah in the...

From The BHI Hotline: Chametz After Pesach

Question: I own a supermarket where many religious Jews shop. Many of the customers buy on credit. It has come to my attention that some food items sold in...

Wine and Wisdom Program Focuses on Mikvah, Intimacy

Women of the community are in for a special treat on Wednesday, July 11, when the Five Towns Yoetzet Initiative hosts "Wine and Wisdom," at Congregation Beth Sholom at...

Halachic Musings: Making The Right Call

The yeshiva had a strict policy: NO CELLPHONES PERMITTED! They knew that there were violators of the policy. One bachur knew who had the cell phone in question, and the...

The Great Post-Pesach Beer Crisis Of 2018

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Americans love beer. Beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea. On average, each American consumes 2 1/3 gallons of...

Business Halacha: Who Should Be Believed?

  Mr. Lander had sued Mr. Braun in beis din. They stood before Rabbi Dayan and his colleagues. Rabbi Dayan turned to Mr. Lander. “You are the plaintiff,” he said. “What...

Halachic Musings: Anger Management

Believe it or not, Rav Elyashiv’s grandfather invented the first anger-management program. In secular circles, it is thought that anger-management programs first originated in the 1970s by clinical psychologist Dr....

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Nearly 60 organizations called on University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel to sanction professors at the public research university who engage in the BDS movement. They...

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