Staying a Levi

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The Gemara in Sota, daf yud alef, amud bais describes the reward that was received by the midwives in Mitzrayim for not killing the Jewish male babies....

What Does “OU Glatt” Mean?

Q. Kosher meat products regularly bear the OU symbol with the word “Glatt." What does this mean, and would the product still be kosher...

Special Bracha During Bris

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Toward the beginning of this week’s parsha, Parshas Vayechi, Yaakov Avinu blessed his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe. He told them that Yisroel will bless their children to be...

May Light Grape Juice Be Used for Kiddush?

Q. In a previous Halachah Yomis you wrote that at home one should add only a minimal amount of water to grape juice that...

Listen: Do Women Say Hallel On Chanukah?

A comprehensive presentation regarding the obligation of women to say Hallel on Chanukah. This shiur, presented by the Bais Havaad, is delivered by Rav Chaim...

Animal Rights: How Far Does Tzaar Baalei Chaim go?

By Rav Yosef Greenwald, Member of the Bais HaVaad Edited by R' Nechemya Klugman The halachah of tzaar baalei chaim requires us not cause pain to...

Chanukah Gelt: Minhag or Made-Up Custom?

Q. What is the reason that children receive Chanukah Gelt, special monetary gifts, on Chanukah? Why do some have a custom to give Chanukah...

The Bais Yosef’s Kashya

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Everybody is aware of the Bais Yosef’s question on Chanukah concerning the amount of days of celebration. We light the Menorah on Chanukah as a result of the miracle...

Lighting Menorah in Shul in the Morning

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Lighting a menorah in the Bais Haknesses and reciting a bracha on it is mentioned in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, siman...

Working While the Menorah is Burning

Q. May I bake and cook while the Neiros Chanukah are burning? A. Women have a custom not to do melacha (physical labor; see below)...