Parashat Nitzavim: Rosh Hashanah For An Uplifted Nature

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “The four new years are: On 1 Nissan, the new year for kings and festivals; 1 Elul, the new year for tithing animals; …...

Seforim in Review: Yehge Chochma

Reviewed by Rabbi Yair Hoffman The Mesivta of Long Beach stands among the most prestigious Torah institutions in America. For over half of a century, it was led by one...

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...

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...

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...

Ki Savo: G‑d In The Fast Lane

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you. —Devarim 28:2 Can we prepare for a blessing? Can one plan to be blessed? Obviously, we believe that...

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...
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