The Bracha of Hagomel

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Who is required to recite Birkas Hagomel? A person who was in a dangerous predicament and escaped, is obligated to thank HKB"H, and...

Using a Hammer and Screwdriver On Shabbos

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Is one permitted to use a hammer to crack open a nut? This brings us to the next muktze category called k'li...

Hilchos Shabbos: Combing a Wig, Shechitah Knife and More

Is combing a wig permitted on Shabbos? We must differentiate between "setting" a wig, and conventional combing. Setting a wig includes the initial setting and...

Makeup and More On Shabbos

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff May a woman apply blush or powder to her face on Shabbos? Nail varnish to nails? It is forbidden 1 for a...

Hilchos Shabbos: Removing a Splinter, Fixing a Chair and More

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Is one permitted to use a needle to remove a splinter? A needle is a classic example of a k'li she'mlachto l'issur...

The Halachos of Chazara – Part I

By Rabbi Dovid Ostroff When is one allowed to return food to the stove on Shabbos? Certain conditions have to be met in order to do...

The Kashrus of Gelatin

Rabbi Avrohom Mushell, Star-K Kashrus Administrator Have you ever had a slice of Petcha, gala reta that spicy globby stuff Bubby used to cook up....

Hoshana Rabba: How Much Banging of The Hoshanos Should You Do?

The Mishna Brura (664:19) brings from the Arizal that you should "Klop" the aravos on the floor five times. After the initial banging which...

Rav Moshe Feinstein’s Heter of Cholov Stam Revisited

By Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer Rabbinic Coordinator, Orthodox Union Halacha states that milk which is produced without hashgacha (r'iyah of a Yisroel) is non-kosher; such milk is...

Children & The Sukkah/Hilchos Chol Hamoed Review

Parents of boys who 5 or 6 years old (depending on their maturity) are obligated to be Mechanech (train) them in the mitzvah of...