Making and Using Ice On Shabbos

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Is one permitted to crush ice in order to produce cold water? The gemora in Shabbos 51b says that it is...

Bread Meals: Take A Big First Bite

The Rama (178:2) writes that when it comes to bread meals, the rules of Shinu Makom (changing locations) are more lenient. Generally, if one...

Why Don’t Women Wear A Yarmulke?

There are two halachos of covering one's head. The first is not to walk 4 amos with your head uncovered. Whether this is a...

Rav Moshe Feinstein & Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: Kiddush With A Plastic Cup

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach once attended a kiddush where no kiddush cup or even glass cup was available. Rav Shlomo Zalman did not hesitate...

Hilchos Pesukei Dezimrah: Sit or Stand Until Yishtabach?

The minhag of most Ashkenazic communities is to stand from Vayevarech Dovid until after Yishtabach, Kaddish and Borchu. (Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Berurah 51:7,Leket Hakemach Hachodosh...

Rav Shmuel Halevi Vosner: A Quick Trip To Eilat?

If someone lives in Eretz Yisroel, may he travel to Eilat for a vacation? The first issue that must be addressed is, is Eilat...

Chelkas Yaakov: Amira L’Akum Across Different Time Zones

If a Non-Jew calls you from a time zone where it is already Shabbos but in your location Shabbos has not yet arrived, may...

Israeli Currency With Pesukim: Can You Take It Into A Bathroom?

In 1970, when a new Israeli paper currency was issued with pesukim from Tanach on it, Rav Menashe Klein was asked if it can...

Ripping and Tearing for Food On Shabbos

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff My new tin of Nescafe is sealed with a piece of aluminum foil. Am I permitted to rip it open on...

The Bracha of Shehecheyanu: Shehecheyanu for Fruit

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Because of the joy one has upon seeing or eating new seasonal fruit, Chazal instituted that shehechiyanu should be recited when...