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...

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....

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...

Paying Babysitters On Time and More, Part One

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman They watch our children while we go out to a wedding or to a restaurant to eat. They will often agree to come at a moment’s...

Print This Out Before You Buy Arba Minim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com LULAV The lulav must be four tefachim from where the lowest leaves are connected to the spine until the top of the spine not...

The Ethical Will of Rav Yehudah HaChassid

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com “You’re doing construction? Don’t close off that window!” “Don’t you dare go out with her! She has the same name as your mother!” “If you left...

From The BHI Hotline: Sales Agent’s Commission

Q. I hired a sales agent and agreed to pay him a percentage of the gross sales that he generates as his commission. In retrospect, I didn’t realize how...

Splashed by a Puddle on the Way to Shul

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Reuvain was always an early bird. Shimon was always late. Reuvain and his child were already on their way to shul on Shabbos. Shimon was on...

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...

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...

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