How Having A Yoetzet Halacha Makes For Comfortable Q&A

By Lisa Septimus About a year ago my friend was on the Long Island Railroad sitting behind a group of five young religious women who were talking and she heard...

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...

Daf Yomi: The Friday Night Food Fight

  By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow There are no courses offered for a father on how to cut the lechem mishneh on Shabbos. A father has a few moments to cut through...

The Flu, the Law, and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com 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...

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...

Prince William Visits the Kosel. Did He Get a Mitzvah?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Prince William is on the final day of his tour of Israel.  This is the first official visit to Israel by a member of...

Davening for Beginners: Halachos of Shmoneh Esreh

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman For those who deal with beginners who are just coming back to Judaism: There is a fascinating Mishna Brurah (593:2) and Biur Halacha (Zu). In these...

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....

Halachic Musings: Shidduchim Rooms at Weddings?

  Some weddings have bars. Some weddings have a mitzvah tantze. And some weddings have shidduchim Rooms. At least the Genack/Wilheim wedding did. Last Tuesday, at the Hilton Westchester Hotel (formerly...

Daf Yomi Insights: When to Call It a Night

  Years ago, a Litvishe individual was on his way to Camp Sternberg, a girls’ camp in Narrowsburg, New York. Although there were married men on campus, it was always...

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will concentrate on the Iranian issue in his upcoming speech to the UN General Assembly. At the same time,...

Chol HaMoed Trips and the Sukkah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Most people didn’t discuss it before Sukkos, because they were busy preparing. They didn’t discuss it on Sukkos because...

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A decision by the Israeli government to award Chinese companies contracts to manage and build key Israeli ports is drawing controversy in Israel. Haifa’s growing...

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