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...

Making a Bracha On a Hot Drink

When one sips a hot drink such as tea or coffee, or a sharp drink, such as whiskey, where a Revi'is is usually not...

The Halachah Of Kidneys

By Dr. Daniel Eisenberg There is a severe shortage of organs for transplantation throughout the world, including in the most scientifically advanced countries. The U.S....

Deoderant & Cosmetics on 9th of Av

-Women should not put on cosmetics on Tisha B'Av because this is included in the prohibition of smearing oneself. {However, a Kallah during the...

Cutting Nails During The Nine Days

With regard to cutting nails during the nine days the Mogen Avrohom (551:11) says that although an Aveil cannot cut his nails, the nine...

Amein To Bracha on Treife Food

If one hears someone make a beracha on non-kosher food, one should not answer Amein. (Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 215:5, Piskei Tshuvos 215:11) If one...

A Traveler’s Guide To The International Dateline

By Rabbi Dovid Heber, Star-K Kashrus Administrator In today's global market, the furthest regions of the Earth are much closer to home than one could...

Music In The 3 Weeks: Recorded Music, Acapella, Kumzitz, Singing To Yourself, Music Lessons

The Mishna Brura (551:16) says that it is assur to dance in the 3 weeks. This is the reason for the issur of listening...

The Bracha of Hagomel

By Rabbi Doniel Neustadt In the times of the Beis ha-Mikdash, a person who survived a potentially life-threatening situation brought a Korban Todah, a...