Halachic Musings: The Nine Days

From Rosh Chodesh Av: The Nine Days Eating meat and drinking wine. The Gemara forbids eating meat in the last meal before Tishah B’Av. Nonetheless, it is the custom not...

Halachic Musings: Inducing Labor

  Notwithstanding the proliferation of halachah hotlines, it is getting harder and harder to get hold of a rav or posek during a critical time. One very common question that...

Halachic Musings: The Three Weeks

Although the Three Weeks and the other two fasts are a period of mourning and introspection, the Navi Zechariah tells us (Zechariah 8:19) that, eventually, the four fasts of...

Halachic Musings: Of Pitbulls and Poodles

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman No one doubts that pitbulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, and mastiffs are dangerous dogs and there should be laws enacted to ensure the safety of citizens. In...

Halachic Musings: Making Minyan as a Single Father

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The rise in the divorce rate in the Orthodox community has created a situation where more and more fathers face a dilemma of either personally watching...

Cheaters Never Win

About a week ago, a junior at the prestigious Bronx High School of Science was taking the U.S. History Regents exam. On his lap, during the test, was a...

Halachic Musings: Can a School Confiscate Students’ Belongings?

The story seems a little far-fetched. A group of eighth-graders, it is said, collected money for a graduation trip. The amount was about $5,000. The students gave the money to...

Halachic Musings: Desecration of the Divine Name

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is chillul Hashem. And then there is something that we can call Avi avos chillul Hashem. What happened last week in the state legislature can...

The Jewish Underground

A father passes away and is buried in the local cemetery. The children move away. The mother moves to live next to the children. Can the deceased be reinterred...

Halachic Musings: Making Shavuos the Happiest Day Of The Year

Shavuos is the happiest yom tov of the year. Most people might think it is Purim or Simchas Torah, but Shavuos? And the answer is, “Yes, Shavuos.” The Gemara in...
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