Standing Up for the Elderly: Is it Sixty or Seventy?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the 5TJT.com There is a Mitzvah in the Torah to stand before an older person and to respect Torah scholars. The Mitzvah (see Sefer HaChinuch...

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Borrowed Costume by Rabbi Meir Orlian “What are your children dressing up as on Purim?” Mrs. Kahn asked her neighbor. “Our whole family chooses a theme,” answered Mrs. Lieber. “My husband also...

Business Halacha: Just Joking!

The class was sitting around the table during lunch. “Jacob, you borrowed $1,000 a year ago and haven’t paid up yet,” Ariel said loudly. “Oh, sure!” replied Jacob, in an audible...

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...

Halachic Musings: Can Kohanim Ride Pirates of the Caribbean?

Disneyland in California has a famous attraction called “Pirates of the Caribbean” wherein one rides in a log through water and sees all sorts of pirates and their exploits....

Rabbinical Alliance of America Opposes New York Abortion Law

New York recently adopted legislation that devalues life by liberalizing abortion laws in the state. The Rabbinical Alliance of America–Igud Harabbonim, representing more than 800 rabbis serving throughout the...

Daf Yomi Insights: When to Call It a Night

  Years ago, a Litvishe individual was on his way to Camp Sternberg, a girls’ camp in Narrowsburg, New York. Although there were married men on campus, it was always...

Halachic Musings: Tom Longboat And Halachah

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman This past week, Google featured Tom Longboat (1883-1949), a Native American (Iroquois) long-distance runner from Canada. He was a military runner in the First World War....

The Riminov Method of Increasing Wealth

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There are many segulos for increasing wealth. The Chasam Sofer mentions a number of them (cited in a Sefer called Segulos HaSofer).  The Chasam Sofer recommends a...

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...
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Pinchas: What’s the Line You Won’t Cross?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman This is the parashah of Pinchas the Zealous. The courageous young priest stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the...

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