From The Chassidic Masters: The Story of Your Life

By Rabbi Shais Taub The Book of Jonah, read in its entirety during the Yom Kippur afternoon services, is the story of your life. This is what the Kabbalah (Zohar...

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...

Insight Into Motzaei Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is a fascinating story found in the Abir HaRoyim #365 (Vol. II p.77) by Rabbi Moshe Yehudah Leib Yaakov from Sassov. The Abir HaRoyim is...

Print This Out Before You Buy Arba Minim

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com LULAV The lulav must be four tefachim from where the lowest leaves are connected to the spine until the top of the spine not...

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...

Parashat Vayeilech: Standing At Har Sinai in The Beit HaMikdash

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And Moses instructed them as follows: Every seventh year, the year set for remission, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to...

From The BHI Hotline: Change Of Plans

  Question: Our camp gave us an off Shabbos. A van was hired to take a group of us into the city, but at the last minute I canceled my...

Ki Tavo: ‘Social’ Mitzvot Versus ‘Real’ Mitzvot

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “When you have set aside in full the tenth part of your yield … and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the...

Yochanan Gordon: A Kol Nidrei Story

By Yochanan Gordon The first night of Selichot has always been a significant event. It arrives almost suddenly at the tail end of a more relaxed summer atmosphere, and while...

Daf Yomi Key Concepts: Parashas Ki Savo – Menachos

Question: Does the Tzitz help for an edible portion that became tamei? Answer: We discussed this question on the daf of this past Shabbos, 15a. The Mishnah at the bottom of 14b...

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