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...

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...

Quicken Loans and the Issue of Ribis

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman Agudas Yisroel recently published a Psak Din signed by leading Gedolim about the prohibition in borrowing money from Quicken Loans without a Heter Iskah. Among those...

200 U.S. Finalists Compete for Tanach Top Title

The room is hot and overcrowded, but you can hear a pin drop as the national winners are announced. It’s been a year filled with getting up early, sometimes...

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...

Darchei Torah Dinner, January 10

A Look at the Honorees, Part 1 of 2 Mr. Hillel and Mrs. Shani Moerman: Guests of Honor. The concept of leadership has been under increased discussion recently in the...

From Where I Stand

Bar Mitzvahs and Parshas Vayakhel By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “See G-d has appointed Betzalel, the son of Uri, the son of Chur of the tribe of Judah.” —Sh’mos 35:30. Chur, Betzalel’s grandfather,...

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...

A Tzaddik In Our Midst: R’ Naftali Rhodes, a’h

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman A tragic accident last week ended the life of a 32-year-old man from our community, a husband, and father of two. His name was Naftali Rhodes,...

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...
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