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...

Are Rooms On Top of Shuls Kosher?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com Many of our shuls have living quarters or other purpose rooms above them. Are they kosher? If so, is it ideal? The Shulchan Aruch Orech...

Lev Tahor And The Limits Of Lashon Ha’ra

Guns and knives. Forced child marriages. A thirteen-year-old girl who is eight months pregnant. Child brainwashing. A failed Guatemalan rescue effort. A successful rescue. A kidnapping in New York. These...

‘Impeach the #!@$!!’: Silence It Or Learn From It?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It's all over the mainstream media but almost absent from Jewish news sites and papers. Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, on the day she was...

Onaas Dvarim: Causing Others Pain

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com There is a verse in VaYikra that has been little understood. The verse is velo sonu Ish es amiso – (VaYikra 25:17). The Mitzvah...

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: Lost Luggage

Question: We went away for Shabbos and returned home by bus. When we arrived, one of our suitcases was missing from the compartment beneath the bus. A security camera at...

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...

BHI Money Matters: Turning To The Guarantor

Q. At what point can the lender turn to the guarantor to collect from him? A. The lender must sue the borrower first, even if he does not have known...

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...

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Over the past three weeks, we have seen two Democrats ensnared in blackface/KKK costume controversies (Ralph Northam, Mark Herring), another Democrat accused of sexual...

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