Halachic Musings: These Are the Names of Bnei Yisrael

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Professor Dalton Conley of NYU is a well-known sociologist and author. He named his son “Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles,” reportedly the longest...

Rabbinical Alliance of America Opposes New York Abortion Law

New York recently adopted legislation that devalues life by liberalizing abortion laws in the state. The Rabbinical Alliance of America–Igud Harabbonim, representing more than 800 rabbis serving throughout the...

Halachic Musings: Predator Protection

It is a scenario that has been repeated over and over again. A predator in the community seeks out the young and vulnerable. It could be in schools, in...

The Riminov Method of Increasing Wealth

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There are many segulos for increasing wealth. The Chasam Sofer mentions a number of them (cited in a Sefer called Segulos HaSofer).  The Chasam Sofer recommends a...

It Clucks Like a Chicken, But Is It Kosher?

  In 2013, the Leghorn chicken was the subject of a kashrus controversy. In 2017, the Braekel chicken was the subject of another kashrus controversy. However, even those who are...

Halachic Musings: Woman Who Lost Her Sons Deserves Our Help

  Pidyon shvuyim is a great mitzvah. It occupies one of the first areas in Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Tzedakah. The Talmud (Bava Basra 8b) says that captivity is worse than...

‘Impeach the #!@$!!’: Silence It Or Learn From It?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It's all over the mainstream media but almost absent from Jewish news sites and papers. Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, on the day she was...

Halachic Musings: Having A Career And A Conscience

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman You have taken a job. Your boss is morally challenged, and is taking advantage of customers. Are you obligated to quit and find another job? Three Scenarios ...

BHI Hotline: Sharing a Wall

  Mr. Waltuch and Mr. Hauser owned adjacent properties. Relations between them were not very cordial. A tall dividing wall stood between their properties. One day, Mr. Waltuch decided to build...

Halachic Musings: Lev Tahor and Pidyon Shvuyim

When is it appropriate to raise money to help someone get out of jail? On motzaei Shabbos, yet another Lev Tahor leader was arrested for kidnapping. The FBI made the...
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