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...

Daf Yomi: Toil For Torah

By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow Avimi was Rav Chisda’s rebbe. Or was it the other way around? As presented in the Gemara, it is difficult to determine who was the rebbe...

Parashat Kei Teitzei: Kilai’im And Kedushah

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “You shall not sow your vineyard with a second kind of seed, lest the crop from the seed you have sown and the yield...

Real Clear Daf: Parashas Ki Seitzei – Menachos

Question: Is haktarah (burning of the kemitzah) effective if some of the flour went missing? Answer: This issue came up on Wednesday’s daf (12a). Normally, the burning of the kemitzah portion serves...

Ki-Seitzei: DIY Judaism

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman כי יפול הנופל ממנו Should any man fall from it. —Devarim 22:8 Where do I fit in with Destiny? This week we read, “Ki sivneh bayis chadash . . . ,” when you...

Business Halacha: (In)Sufficient Notice

Mr. Landman owned a rental apartment on the second floor of his house. Mr. Sorscher signed a one-year lease with him. Toward the end of the year, Mr. Landman...

Elul: A Time to Focus on Heavenly Relationships

By Lisa Septimus It is hard to believe six weeks have passed since our Five Towns Yoetzet Initiative Summer Event. The summer has flown by, and we are now in...

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...

The Phony Heter Meah Rabbonim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com “Yes, Rabbi, my wife has refused to allow me to give a Get for the past nine years.  I understand that you do heter...

Six Real Teshuvah Facts: Like Snapple Facts, Except They’re True

  By Mordechai Lewis Rabbi Avraham Danzig states, “Although teshuvah is accepted at any time, the month of Elul is a time when teshuvah is more readily accepted because it has...

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Seasons Supermarket, Chapter 11, and Rashi veZos HaBracha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com Season’s Supermarket.  Chapter Eleven bankruptcy.  Rashi on Moshe Rabbeinu’s bracha regarding Shaivet Levi.  And the Chofetz Chaim. What do they...

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By Gabriel Geller Sukkos and Simchas Torah are the holidays that most symbolize and highlight the importance of serving G-d and follow his Torah with...

Hop and Happy Mess: Falling in Love With Sukkot

For Yael Michaely, her husband Boaz, and their three young children, feeling at home in their new country began in earnest one autumn evening...

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