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...

Women and the Sukkah

Women are not obligated in the Mitzvah of Sukkah, (but are permitted to perform the mitzvah of eating in the Sukkah). Nevertheless, Ashkenazim generally,...

Leaving the Sukkah in the Middle of a Meal

If one is in middle of a meal in the Sukkah one should preferably not eat/drink even Shehakol, Ha'etz or Ha'adomoh foods/drinks out of...

What May Be Eaten Outside of the Sukkah?

One is permitted to eat foods which do not require a Hamotzie, Mezonos or Hagafen out of the Sukkah when those foods are not...