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...

Dirshu: Halacha And Mussar For Every Jew

  Two pivotal meetings to highlight Dirshu’s new Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Mussar program were recently held: one at the home of HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita, rosh yeshiva of...

Daf Yomi Insights: A Mitzvah for Each Footstep

  By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow A vexing question that plagues many is how to choose a shul. Some say that the most important aspect of a shul is available parking. After all,...

Halachic Musings: Tom Longboat And Halachah

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman This past week, Google featured Tom Longboat (1883-1949), a Native American (Iroquois) long-distance runner from Canada. He was a military runner in the First World War....

From The BHI Hotline: No-Show At Beis Din

Q. I received a summons to appear before beis din. I showed up on the appointed date but the plaintiff did not. May I demand reimbursement for my lawyer...

Business Halacha: Just Joking!

The class was sitting around the table during lunch. “Jacob, you borrowed $1,000 a year ago and haven’t paid up yet,” Ariel said loudly. “Oh, sure!” replied Jacob, in an audible...

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The Life Of Olga Elek, Part 18

Please note: Parental discretion is advised, as this series of articles may be too disturbing or graphic for children. In Part 17, Olga begins to...

Mysterious Waze

Whenever you want to go anywhere, there’s traffic. And people know this. That’s why when you get there, everyone asks, “How was traffic?” “Traffic was...

Halachic Musings: Thanksgiving

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It could be known as the “Great Modern-Orthodox/Yeshivesh Divide,” although it has not yet entered the list of “Shidduch questions” that...

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