Giving Parshas Zachor to a Bar Mitzvah Boy

Q. Why is it the custom in many shuls that a bar-mitzvah boy does not read Parshas Zachor? A. Shulchan Aruch (OC 685:7) writes that...

Taanis Esther: Breaking the Fast Early

Q. I have a headache. Am I permitted to break my fast today? A. The halachos regarding breaking one’s fast on Taanis Esther are more...

Lie or Not to Lie? To Get Drunk or Not to Get Drunk?

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Rav Yehudah tells us in the gemara in Bava Metzia, daf chof gimmel, amud bais that there are three things a talmid chacham is permitted to lie about....

What Is The Halachic View Of Banning Immigrants from Entering a Country?

By Rav Yosef Greenwald Introduction If we look at the current political climate in the United States, it seems that there is a large divide between the...

Listen: Tuition from Maaser?

How can we understand the Rama’s statement that ma’aser money can’t be used for a devar mitzvah? The following shiur was delivered by Rav Yechiel...

Who Supports Whom?

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In this week’s parsha, Parshas Terumah, the Torah tells us that the badim had to be in the aron to be used to carry the aron. The way the aron was carried...

Causing Damage

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In this week’s parsha, Parshas Mishpatim, the topic regarding laws of paying for damages caused to others is discussed at length. Is there...

Trump’s Immigration Ban in Halacha

By Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Introduction The war in Syria and uprisings in other parts of the world have uprooted thousands of families from their homes. Many of...

“You’re Fired!” How Nixon’s Executive Order Influenced Hilchos Shabbos

By Rabbi Shmuel Honigwachs, Bais Havaad Halacha Center On January 30, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and replaced Acting...