Lights On or Off?

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The laws of Shabbos are reviewed in this week’s parsha; especially the laws of making a fire. An interesting question arises regarding the following...

Shabbos and Moshe Rabbeinu

The posuk says, “Six days work shall be done and on the seventh day is Shabbos Shabbason.” Rashi explains that “Shabbos Shabbason” is a...

How Does The OU Deal With Jewish-Owned Companies During Pesach?

Q. How does the OU deal with Jewish-owned companies during Pesach? A. Jewish-owned companies are not permitted to produce chametz on Pesach. They are required...

What Happens When The Baal Kriah Goes Against Shul Policy About Banging By Haman?

By Rav Doniel Dombroff Caution to the Reader: Some of this article is based on hearsay and has not been verified in print. A few years ago,...

Giving Parshas Zachor to a Bar Mitzvah Boy

Q. Why is it the custom in many shuls that a bar-mitzvah boy does not read Parshas Zachor? A. Shulchan Aruch (OC 685:7) writes that...

Taanis Esther: Breaking the Fast Early

Q. I have a headache. Am I permitted to break my fast today? A. The halachos regarding breaking one’s fast on Taanis Esther are more...

Lie or Not to Lie? To Get Drunk or Not to Get Drunk?

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Rav Yehudah tells us in the gemara in Bava Metzia, daf chof gimmel, amud bais that there are three things a talmid chacham is permitted to lie about....

What Is The Halachic View Of Banning Immigrants from Entering a Country?

By Rav Yosef Greenwald Introduction If we look at the current political climate in the United States, it seems that there is a large divide between the...

Listen: Tuition from Maaser?

How can we understand the Rama’s statement that ma’aser money can’t be used for a devar mitzvah? The following shiur was delivered by Rav Yechiel...

Who Supports Whom?

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In this week’s parsha, Parshas Terumah, the Torah tells us that the badim had to be in the aron to be used to carry the aron. The way the aron was carried...