Business Halacha: Beis Din Or Not?

Mr. Nadel decided he would daven vasikin every morning. For a number of months he upheld this practice scrupulously. However, as time wore on, he found himself exhausted during...

When Tisha B’Av Falls on Shabbos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “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...

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...

Honoring Step-mothers and Other Relatives

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com “YOU’RE NOT MY MOTHER! SO I don’t have to honor you.” “Yes you still do, young lady.” Everyone knows about the Mitzvah of honoring parents –...

Nine Days Siyums: Boys Camps Versus Girls Camps

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the 5tjt.com In America we forbid fleishig restaurants and hotels from holding hourly siyums in order to allow its patrons to eat meat during the...

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...

Summer Vacation Days Versus Chol HaMoed

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com It is perhaps one of the most pertinent questions that affect frum people who work in corporate America: May one take vacation days in July...

The 3 Weeks:  MX5 Miata vs. The Chrysler Pacifica

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times The Mazda MX5 Miata is hands down this year’s most popular sports cars, according to Car and Driver Magazine. It...

Spiders and the Chovos HaL’vavos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com There are so many aspects of Hashem’s Divine Wisdom that they are uncountable. But here is a truly remarkable one: spiders. Darwin once made an...

‘Just for a Minute’: Is It OK to Park in a Private Lot?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com You had everything you needed for the 4th of July barbeque, but you forgot the mustard.  You scour the fridge, but it is nowhere...

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