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...

Halachic Musings: Woman Who Lost Her Sons Deserves Our Help

  Pidyon shvuyim is a great mitzvah. It occupies one of the first areas in Shulchan Aruch, Hilchos Tzedakah. The Talmud (Bava Basra 8b) says that captivity is worse than...

Rabbi Weinberger’s Answer to Today’s Essential Challenge

  By Ben Yissachar Dov For most Torah-observant men, irrespective of age or background, the question of how to deal with one’s sexuality and channel it appropriately is beyond uncomfortable. And...

The Darchei Torah January 11 Honorees

Part 3 By Benzion Kaplan Mr. and Mrs. Yoav Taub, Guests of Honor. Yoav and Shari Taub, devoted parents and supporters of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, have a long and rich history...

The Steinsaltz Chumash: A Pioneering Masterwork Of Jewish Thought

Reviewed by Rochelle Miller As we prepared to celebrate the conclusion of another annual cycle of reading the Torah on Simchas Torah and begin the cycle anew, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel...

The Mitzvah Tantz: Forbidden Or Kosher Minhag?

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The mitzvah tantz is one of the greatest controversies that still remains of the Chassid–Misnaged divide. When Misnagdim first hear about it, they are in a...

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...

Halachic Musings: Argh! Do UGGs Have Shatnez?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Whether boots, slippers, or sneakers, the footwear called UGGs is behind the first major shatnez crisis of 2019. The UGG crisis led to thousands of phone calls...

Rabbi Ralph Pelcovitz z”l: An Appreciation

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times He was the dean of the Orthodox American rabbinate. A graduate of Yeshiva Torah VaDaas, and a talmid of Rav...

Torah Vodaath: America’s Fountainhead Of Torah

Machberes: Inside The Chassidish And Yeshivish World By Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum On this past Motzaei Shabbos, January 11, the annual melaveh malkah of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath (YTV) was celebrated at...
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