Summer Vacation Days Versus Chol HaMoed

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com It is perhaps one of the most pertinent questions that affect frum people who work in corporate America: May one take vacation days in July...

From The BHI Hotline: Lost Luggage

Question: We went away for Shabbos and returned home by bus. When we arrived, one of our suitcases was missing from the compartment beneath the bus. A security camera at...

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...

Onaas Dvarim: Causing Others Pain

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com There is a verse in VaYikra that has been little understood. The verse is velo sonu Ish es amiso – (VaYikra 25:17). The Mitzvah...

Halachic Musings: Pain-Free And Patur For Diabetics

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Imagine an electronic device that gedolei ha’poskim have ruled one is obligated to buy. For this article, some of Klal Yisrael’s leading poskim were consulted: Rav...

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...

Anti-Vaxx Coalition Targeting Lakewood, N.J.

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Imagine, Heaven forbid, the following headlines: “Measles Outbreak in Lakewood, N.J.” There is a group of people attempting to form a coalition that could quite likely cause these...

Can We Bring the Korban Pesach This Year?

An Analysis by Rabbi Yair Hoffman This week, three girls in Israel were detained by the Israel Police. The girls are activists of the Return to the Mount (Chozrim LaHar)...

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...

Rav Kanievsky: Obligations Of Yeshiva Students During Bain Hazmanim

  Leading up to the Pesach break this year, Rav Chaim Kanievsky penned a letter to yeshiva students regarding bein hazmanim. In it, he delineates four obligations of yeshiva students....

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IDF Officer Wounded by Palestinian Sniper: I Was Saved by a Miracle

IDF Lieutenant Bar Vaknin of the elite Givati Brigade declared on Sunday that he was saved by a miracle after being shot in the...

Groups Demand U of Michigan Sanction Educators Advocating BDS

Nearly 60 organizations called on University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel to sanction professors at the public research university who engage in the BDS movement. They...

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Following an urgent meeting between Israeli and Russian military officials after the downing of a Russian spy plane over Syria, a 40-page report reveals...

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