The Fast of the Tenth of Teves, Asara B’Teves, Today

By Rabbi Yehudah Prero The first mention that we see of the tenth day of Teves as a fast day appears in Zecharia 8:19, where...

Hilchos Tisha B’Av and 9 Av Shechal BeShabbos

By Rabbi Yissachar Dovi Krakowski The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Tisha BeAv. The Piskei Din for the ...

The Laws of Bedikas Chometz

By Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits, KOF-K Kosher Supervision Before performing the bedika, one should clean the house very well, thus making the bedika much easier. It is the...

Purim: Ad Delo Yoda – Until What Exactly?

The Gemara, Megilah 7b states, אמר רבא מיחייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא עד דלא ידע בין ארור המן וברוך מרדכי. "Rava said, "One is obligated...

Incubators and Pidyon Haben

Does the 30 Day Waiting Period Begin When the Baby was Born or When it Left the Incubator? BY Rabbi Micha Cohn Incubator in Halacha (Pidyon...

P’sak: Stealing Daled Minim is Forbidden

A number of neighborhood publications in Israel Yerushalayim and elsewhere recent republished a psak released three years ago by the former Chief Rabbis of...

Audio: Rav Shurkin On On Bais Din Enforcing Mitzvos and Tzedakah

The following shiur was delivered at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook Hill Ashkenaz Shul in Lakewood, NJ, and is posted exclusively here on Matzav.com l'illuy nishmas Rav...

Rapeseed Oil and Pesach

Q. Rapeseed oil is extracted from rapeseeds. In the past, rapeseed oil had a bitter taste. In recent years, a mild variety of rapeseed...

Using an Umbrella on Shabbos

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld May one go out holding an umbrella if it rains on Shabbos? What if the umbrella was opened before Shabbos? The Shailos...