The Mitzvah Of Mishloach Manos

To some, the most important question of the halachos of mishloach manos is whether one is permitted to eat on Purim day before one has fulfilled the mitzvah or...

Not So Fast: A Review Of Ta’anis Esther

During the time of Mordechai and Esther , the Jews united on the 13th of Adar to fight and wage war, standing up for their lives. They fasted during...

Halachic Musings: Eradicating Amalek By Eliminating Ga’avah

  As we read the parashah of remembering what Amalek did to us, there are a number of areas we can examine. What are the reasons for this mitzvah? Are...

Halachic Musings: When Is My Birthday?

We live in a time of amazing medical feats. Today, when there is a problem with the development of a fetus, there is an option to do fetal surgery. Fetal...

Halachic Musings: Kallah Drums Up Controversy In Bnei Brak

Videos and news items have been circulating of a kallah playing the drums at her wedding reception in Bnei Brak. First the chassan joined the band as a vocalist;...

Halachic Musings: Can Kohanim Ride Pirates of the Caribbean?

Disneyland in California has a famous attraction called “Pirates of the Caribbean” wherein one rides in a log through water and sees all sorts of pirates and their exploits....

Halachic Musings: Argh! Do UGGs Have Shatnez?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Whether boots, slippers, or sneakers, the footwear called UGGs is behind the first major shatnez crisis of 2019. The UGG crisis led to thousands of phone calls...

From The BHI Hotline: Leaky Luggage, Part I

  My friend gave me an item to transport overseas, and I placed it inside my suitcase, which went into the plane’s cargo. When I reached my destination, I realized...

Business Halacha: ‘As-Is’ Sale

  Mr. Landau had a 12-year-old car for sale. Mr. Maimon inquired about it. “The car is old but is in good mechanical condition,” Mr. Landau said. “The battery has to...

Real Clear Daf: Key Concepts for Parashas Tetzaveh/Chullin

 Question: Are “beheimah” and “chaya” groups or elements? Answer: The answer to this question sheds light on Thursday’s daf (79) this week, which discusses hybrid animals. The main topic of our perek...
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Pinchas: What’s the Line You Won’t Cross?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman This is the parashah of Pinchas the Zealous. The courageous young priest stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the...

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