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...

Druze, the State of Israel and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman They number about a million or so, and are found throughout the middle east. They are persecuted in every country in which they reside except for...

The Great Bingo Riot and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The following story is true and occurred somewhere in the eastern United States. In order to protect the identity of the individuals involved the...

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...
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