Affirming Not Swearing: a Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com J.B. Pritzker is a Jewish billionaire. He is also scheduled to be sworn in as the next governor of the state of Illinois. Jared Polis,...

Hanukkah Conjures Up Some Sweet Senior Moments

The menorah’s candles illuminating the dark outside never truly burn out. The latkes sizzling in the pan still give off their heavenly perfume, and the dreidel of youth spins...

Bloom: Parashat Chayei Sarah, The Patriarch Who Never Left Israel

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “… but do not take my son back there.” (Bereishit 24:8) Our only patriarch who was born in the Land of Israel, never to leave,...

Chayei Sarah: Yiddishe Nachas

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer)...

Daf Yomi: Attitude Of Gratitude

By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow One makes a berachah of Shehecheyanu on a mitzvah that comes at a specific time of the year. We recite the berachah of Shehecheyanu on every...

Daf Yomi Key Concepts Parashas Chayei Sarah – Menachos

How invalid is a sacrifice that became piggul? We learned about this on Sunday’s daf (79a) this week. The topic of the Gemara there is the halachah that, normally, upon...

Sefer Torah L’ilui Nishmas Rabbi Rottman, zt’l

  On Sunday morning, November 4, a number of talmidim will be hosting a ksivas oisios event for the sefer Torah being written l’ilui nishmas their rebbe, Rav Aryeh Rottman,...

Should Halacha Allow People to Carry Weapons in Shul?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The horrific tragedy in a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Shabbos morning that left 11 people dead should cause us, perhaps, to rethink the manner...

This Week’s Daf Yomi Key Concepts Parashas Vayeira – Menachos

Question: What is the berachah on cooked bread? A. We learned about this on Wednesday’s daf (75b) this week. Rav Yosef there issues a ruling on “chavitzah.” Rashi interprets chavitzah to...

Parashat Vayeira: The Overturning Of Sodom

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And Hashem said, ‘Shall I conceal from Avraham what I am doing, now that Avraham is surely to become a great and mighty nation,...

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On Tuesday, December 4, 8:15 p.m. Chazaq, Ohr Naava, Sheefa, and Aish Kodesh present an enlightening evening with Charlie Harary and Rabbi Shalom Yona...

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