The Merit of Torah Shavuos Night

-There is a minhag (brought in The Zohar) to stay up the night of Shavuos and learn Torah. This is based on the Midrash...

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...

Audio: Rav Yisroel Reisman On Parshas Emor

The following is a shiur delivered by Harav Yisroel Reisman, maggid shiur in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and mara d’asra of Agudath Israel of...

Minhagim of Lag Ba’omer

-The reason for the minhag for children to play with a bow and arrow on Lag Ba'omer is because chazal say (Yerushalmi Berachos 9:1)...

Haircuts On Lag Ba’omer

-It is permitted to cut hair on Lag Ba'omer regardless of which (of the two major) minhag of Aveilus one is keeping, unless one...

Rav Moshe Shternbuch: No Minyan For Davening, What About Less?

Rav Moshe Shternbuch was asked (2:57) by the people of a small town who could not get a minyan together every day, if it...

Shaking Out a Tablecloth Outdoors On Shabbos

In the early days of farming a mixed collection of grain kernels, chaff and stem debris, would remain on the threshing grounds after the...

Music at a Seudas Mitzvah During Sefirah

-There is a machlokes H'Poskim as to whether one may have music and dancing at a Seudas Mitzvah (i.e. Sheva Brachos, Bris, Pidyon Haben,...

Moving Into a New Apartment During Sefirah

-It is permitted to move into a newly rented apartment during Sefira. Although not halachically prohibited, there are those that refrain from moving into a...

New Clothing During Sefirah

-Some people have the custom not to wear new clothing during Sefira. This custom, too, has no real source in Halacha, and most likely...