Business Halacha From The BHI Hotline

Who Owns The Mishloach Manos? Q: I gave my son some mishloach manos to deliver. After he left, I called him and told him not to deliver one of them...

Halachic Musings

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Amelia Bedelia And Shalom Bayis: A Primer Long before Peggy Parish first published "Amelia Bedelia" in 1963, there was a similar character in the Talmud (Nedarim 66b)....

From The BHI Hotline: Gemach, Part II

In last week’s article we discussed the extent of liability that a gemach that rents out clothing and costume jewelry may impose on a renter without violating ribbis when...

The Flu, The Law, And Halachah

Last year, five children in New York City died from the flu. Yesterday, New York State’s highest court did something about it. The Court of Appeals ruled that the city Board...

Halachic Musings: How to Do Better at V’ahavta L’rei’acha Kamocha

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman How did it happen? Our parents’ and grandparents’ generations were completely aghast at the frivolous spending of money. Yet, somehow, we have become a nation with...

Halachic Musings: Tikkun Kareis

  It is an unfortunate reality that there are many nice people out there who may have something rather serious hanging over them. That something is the Divine punishment known...

Spousal Abuse And Halachah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The recent headlines about President Trump’s ousted staff secretary Rob Porter amid allegations of spousal abuse by two ex-wives bring up the following question: What does...

Tzohar Rabbi Is Incorrect: Cloned Pig Meat Is Not Kosher

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman In a recent viral interview with Ynet News and carried by JTA, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow of the Tzohar organization is quoted as saying, “cloned meat produced...

The Mitzvah Tantz: Forbidden Or Kosher Minhag?

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The mitzvah tantz is one of the greatest controversies that still remains of the Chassid–Misnaged divide. When Misnagdim first hear about it, they are in a...

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...

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