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...

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...

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...

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...

Business Halacha: Beis Din Or Not?

Mr. Nadel decided he would daven vasikin every morning. For a number of months he upheld this practice scrupulously. However, as time wore on, he found himself exhausted during...

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...

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...

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Seasons Supermarket, Chapter 11, and Rashi veZos HaBracha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com Season’s Supermarket.  Chapter Eleven bankruptcy.  Rashi on Moshe Rabbeinu’s bracha regarding Shaivet Levi.  And the Chofetz Chaim. What do they...

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By Gabriel Geller Sukkos and Simchas Torah are the holidays that most symbolize and highlight the importance of serving G-d and follow his Torah with...

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