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...

Ten Minute Halacha on Shlissel Challah

Is Shlissel Challah following Darkei Emori? Can we perform segulos if they are not scientifically proven? Two Ten Minute Halacha podcasts from YUTorah® Online discuss these issues. This program is made...

Shlissel Challah: Unlocking Heaven

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Mommy, what does the key mean? Why do we put it in the challah dough?” Last Shabbos, we read a fascinating pasuk in Shir HaShirim — the...

Halachic Musings: The Lowdown on Tvilas Keilim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is an organization called the “Coney Island Polar Bear Club” where members take a plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean in...

Rabbinical Alliance of America: Vaccination Is Pikuach Nefesh

By Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt There is a small, yet very vocal and influential group of “anti-vaxxers” living in our heimishe communities. While I am not questioning their love for their...

Halachic Musings: Pesach Overview Part 2

By Yair Hoffman Month Of Nissan During the month of Nissan, we do not fast — not even for the yahrzeit of a parent. We do not recite the prayer...

Halachic Musings: Pesach Overview Part 1

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Thirty Days Before Rav Chaim Kanievsky writes (Shoneh Halachos 695:12) that before we start the Purim seudah, we should learn the halachos of Purim and, believe...

The Hotel and Bdikas Chometz: A Halachic Analysis

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman Florida. Palm Springs. Lakewood. Eretz Yisroel. Spain. There are a number of people that go away for Pesach. Often they leave earlier – before the night of...

Bloom on Tazria: Blessing for Trees

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute This Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, is our first opportunity to say birkat ha’ilanot, the blessing for the trees: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', אֱלֹקֵֽינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא...
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