Wine and Wisdom Program Focuses on Mikvah, Intimacy

Women of the community are in for a special treat on Wednesday, July 11, when the Five Towns Yoetzet Initiative hosts "Wine and Wisdom," at Congregation Beth Sholom at...

Prince William Visits the Kosel. Did He Get a Mitzvah?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Prince William is on the final day of his tour of Israel.  This is the first official visit to Israel by a member of...

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...

Summer Vacation Days Versus Chol HaMoed

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com It is perhaps one of the most pertinent questions that affect frum people who work in corporate America: May one take vacation days in July...

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...

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...

Matanos L’Evyonim: An Overview

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The mitzvah of matanos l’evyonim on Purim is discussed in the Gemara at the bottom of Megillah 7a. The mitzvah is to give at least one...

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....

Tzohar Rabbi Is Incorrect: Cloned Pig Meat Is Not Kosher

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman In a recent viral interview with Ynet News and carried by JTA, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow of the Tzohar organization is quoted as saying, “cloned meat produced...

Anti-Vaxx Coalition Targeting Lakewood, N.J.

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Imagine, Heaven forbid, the following headlines: “Measles Outbreak in Lakewood, N.J.” There is a group of people attempting to form a coalition that could quite likely cause these...

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IDF Officer Wounded by Palestinian Sniper: I Was Saved by a Miracle

IDF Lieutenant Bar Vaknin of the elite Givati Brigade declared on Sunday that he was saved by a miracle after being shot in the...

Groups Demand U of Michigan Sanction Educators Advocating BDS

Nearly 60 organizations called on University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel to sanction professors at the public research university who engage in the BDS movement. They...

Israeli Report Shows How Syrian Fire Took Down Russian Plane

Following an urgent meeting between Israeli and Russian military officials after the downing of a Russian spy plane over Syria, a 40-page report reveals...

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