Taanis 12: The Conditional Taanis

Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he receivedsemichah. He has written several seforim...

Audio: Shavuos Shmuess from Rav Chaim Stein zt”l

Below is a shmuess that was delivered four years ago, on Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5770, by Rav Chaim Stein zt"l, rosh yeshiva of...

Waiting to Count On Shavuos Night

-On Shavuos at night the minhag is to wait until it is night (Tzeis Hakochavim) to daven Maariv in order to have 49 complete...

The Debriciner Rov: Swimming on 17 Tammuz?

Is swimming permitted on 17 Tammuz? Technically speaking says the Debriciner Rov, Rav Moshe Stern in Shu"t Be'er Moshe (3:73) it is permissible. The...

Business Halacha: Giving a Complimentary Copy to the Lender

Q: A relative lent me money to publish a sefer. May I give him a complimentary copy of the sefer as a token of...

Hilchos Chanukah: Oil or Candles?

B'dieved one may light all night until Alos Hashachar (according to some, even less than a half hour before). However, if no...

Chagigah 9: The Pushed-Off Tisha B’Av

Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he receivedsemichah. He has written several seforim...

Sending Mishloach Manos Before Purim

The Mitzva of Mishloach Manos is on the day of Purim. If you send someone Mishloach Manos before Purim and they receive it on...

Time for Birkas Ha’illanos

Rosh Chodesh Nissan, this Shabbos, marks the beginning of the season for Birkas Ha'Ilanos - the blessing we recite once a year upon seeing...

Your Son Might Be Out of the Freezer, But is Your Fridge Kosher?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman, 5 Towns Jewish Times In the past 30 years or so, refrigerators have undergone numerous changes and upgrades in technology. These...