Standing During Kaddish and the Laws of Selichos

-L'chatchila one should make an effort to stand during Kaddish, at least until after saying "Amein Yehei Shemei Rabbah", and the Amein that follows...

Pictures Hanging On The Wall: The Chazon Ish, Rav Moshe Feinstein & ybl”c Rav...

There are two questions surrounding pictures hanging on a wall on Shabbos. The first is Binyan and Stira. Is hanging a picture considered adding...

No Rush to Wash

Often at a Shabbos seuda, the baal habayis (head of the household) will make a hamotzei and have in mind everyone at the table....

Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Does a Baal Teshuvah Need to Pay Back Maaser?

A seventy-year-old man became a baal teshuvah and had never given maaser. He calculated that he owed approximately $200,000 and he only had $30,000...

Brachos for Breakfast

By Rabbi Dovid Heber, Star-K Kashrus Administrator One of the profound aspects of our Torah Hakdosha is the ability for anyone, regardless of age or...

Throw Him Out of Shul

The sin of speaking during Chazoras Hashatz (or Krias Hatorah) is so severe that the Shulchan Aruch states that one should scream at one...

Shevet Hakehosi: When Your Wife And Parents Cannot Get Along

If every time a man's parents come over to his house to visit they cause a fight with his wife, and inevitably cause Sholom...

A “Tail” Of Two Cities: Worldwide Fish Production

By Joel Weinberger, Star-K Field Supervisor The following article describes the saga of two diverse Star-K fish productions in two very different parts of the...

Removing Seeds from Melons On Shabbos

Melons pose a Borer problem because their seeds are attached to or embedded in the fruit. There are however permissible methods to remove the...

The Chazzan’s Speed During Kaddish

When saying Kaddish the Chazzan must be vigilant to wait for the tzibbur to answer Amein before continuing the next words of Kaddish. Shulchan...