‘The Empty Wagon’: A Review Of R’ Yaakov Shapiro’s Attack on Zionism

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro’s "The Empty Wagon" is one of the most controversial books to hit the Orthodox world in decades. Its 1,373 pages deal with the...

Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Being joyous and celebrating Shabbos Nachamu is a custom with deep historical roots.  The Maharil in his Minhagim (27) explains that the entire nation...

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...

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...

Halachic Musings: Kallah Drums Up Controversy In Bnei Brak

Videos and news items have been circulating of a kallah playing the drums at her wedding reception in Bnei Brak. First the chassan joined the band as a vocalist;...

Bloom on Balak: ‘A Star Rises From Jacob’

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “A star rises from Jacob, a scepter comes forth from Israel; it smashes the brow of Moav, the foundation of all children of Seth”...

Halachic Musings: Making Shavuos the Happiest Day Of The Year

Shavuos is the happiest yom tov of the year. Most people might think it is Purim or Simchas Torah, but Shavuos? And the answer is, “Yes, Shavuos.” The Gemara in...

Beth Din of America Launches Blog to Clarify Rabbinical Court Process

The Beth Din of America, widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish religious courts in North America, has launched a blog dedicated to explaining the rabbinical court process...
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Back to Basics: Experiencing Matan Torah

Rabbi Tuvia Teldon gets his viewers ready for Shavuos by discussing the experience at Mt. Sinai. Rabbi Teldon’s Back To Basics series in the 5 Towns Jewish Times and 5TJT.com have earned tremendous acclaim....

Parashat Tzav: The Chosenness Of Kohanim

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “This offering, with cakes of leavened bread added, he shall offer along with his thanksgiving sacrifice … of this he shall offer one of...
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