Eating in the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeres: Chassidim Versus Misnagdim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman One of the general differences between Litvaks (Misnagdim) and Chassidim lies in what they do on the holiday of Shmini Atzeres regarding eating in the Sukkah....

At What Age Must Children Eat in the Sukkah?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It is a question every wife asks her husband.  “Can I give a piece of cake to little Yankel in the house?  It is...

Print This Out Before You Buy Arba Minim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com LULAV The lulav must be four tefachim from where the lowest leaves are connected to the spine until the top of the spine not...

When Two Ideals Collide: Identifying Lashon Harah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman One Torah ideal is the concept of Lo Saamod al dam rayacha – do not stand idly by your brother’s blood – a mitzvah in the...

From The BHI Hotline: Change Of Plans

  Question: Our camp gave us an off Shabbos. A van was hired to take a group of us into the city, but at the last minute I canceled my...

Using Reform and Conservative Synagogues and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman When one brings up using non-Orthodox synagogues, many respond with an emotion-filled reaction. The truth is one cannot really understand another person without having walked a...

Business Halacha: (In)Sufficient Notice

Mr. Landman owned a rental apartment on the second floor of his house. Mr. Sorscher signed a one-year lease with him. Toward the end of the year, Mr. Landman...

Halachic Musings: Making The Right Call

The yeshiva had a strict policy: NO CELLPHONES PERMITTED! They knew that there were violators of the policy. One bachur knew who had the cell phone in question, and the...

The Phony Heter Meah Rabbonim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com “Yes, Rabbi, my wife has refused to allow me to give a Get for the past nine years.  I understand that you do heter...

Six Real Teshuvah Facts: Like Snapple Facts, Except They’re True

  By Mordechai Lewis Rabbi Avraham Danzig states, “Although teshuvah is accepted at any time, the month of Elul is a time when teshuvah is more readily accepted because it has...

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