Halachic Musings: When Tishah B’Av Falls On Shabbos

“Can we take those pre-fasting pills on Shabbos or is that considered hachanah?” “Do I really bring my Tishah B’Av shoes to shul on Friday?” “Is it true my cholent pot...

Halachic Musings: The Great Shidduch Résumé Leak

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The story was broken by Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt of the Forward, but first appeared on a Facebook group called “FrumGirlProblems.” A shidduch-oriented social media network advertises itself...

Rav Adin Steinsaltz Honored In Jerusalem For Life’s Work

  By Toby Klein Greenwald Once in a generation do we witness the creation of a project so expansive, so extraordinary, that it revolutionizes Jewish scholarship for hundreds of thousands, perhaps...

What Rabbi Weinberger Really Wants

By Ben Yissachar Dov The chareidi intelligentsia’s attention has been riveted, in recent weeks, to an ongoing debate between Woodmere’s Rabbi Moshe Weinberger and his chevrah of “neo-Chassidim” versus “old-guard”...

Get Refuser Meir Kin Says There Was No Deal With Rabbanut

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The man whose mother’s burial was delayed in Israel over his alleged refusal to give his wife a religious divorce said reports that he had changed...

From Good To Great: YU Online Course Teaches Rabbis The Art Of Public...

By Rochelle Maruch Miller Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future and affiliate Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) recently launched “Drashas and Shiurim: From Good to Great,” a continuing rabbinic...

Rav Moshe Shternbuch, Shlita, Discusses Vaccination Obligation

The following translation was done by Rabbi Yair Hoffman from the original letter Rav Moshe Shternbuch, shlita, wrote to Rav Malkiel Kotler, shlita. 18 Kislev 5779 To the honorable rosh yeshiva...

Halachic Musings: The Three Weeks

Although the Three Weeks and the other two fasts are a period of mourning and introspection, the Navi Zechariah tells us (Zechariah 8:19) that, eventually, the four fasts of...

18 Things You Should Know About Simchas Torah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com It seems that there are a lot of people that are at a bit of a loss as to what Simchas Torah is all...

Halachic Musings: The Nine Days

From Rosh Chodesh Av: The Nine Days Eating meat and drinking wine. The Gemara forbids eating meat in the last meal before Tishah B’Av. Nonetheless, it is the custom not...
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