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...

Can One Cry on Shabbos?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Rav Reuvain Feinstein and his rebbitzen were in a terrible car accident this week. The Rebbitzen (Tehillim name Chava Sorah Bas Ita Dvorah) suffered...

Should People Think We Sing ‘Why Mourn? Why Suffer? Let’s Go Dance’?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com “I'm gonna dance with men and women together. Why mourn? Why suffer? Start dreaming and laughing. Feel, dance and enjoy. You only live once....

The Fallen Kosel Stone: A Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com A stone from the Kosel fell Sunday morning. Thank G-d, no one was hurt. It fell in the section that was designated for egalitarian...

Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Tshuva About Tisha B’Av and Daf Yomi

This year, Tisha B’Av is observed on Sunday, the tenth of Av, which coincides with the Daf HaYomi of Zvachim Daf Kuf.  That daf deals with the halachos of...
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