Druze, the State of Israel and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman They number about a million or so, and are found throughout the middle east. They are persecuted in every country in which they reside except for...

The Great Bingo Riot and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The following story is true and occurred somewhere in the eastern United States. In order to protect the identity of the individuals involved the...

Halacha: ‘How to Shoplift’ YouTube Videos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com There are YouTube Videos that teach people how to go about shoplifting from various stores. There are quite a few that teach a person...

Can One Cry on Shabbos?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Rav Reuvain Feinstein and his rebbitzen were in a terrible car accident this week. The Rebbitzen (Tehillim name Chava Sorah Bas Ita Dvorah) suffered...

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...

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