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Business Halacha: Dry Cleaners and Prepaid Discounts

Q: A dry cleaners has the following price arrangement: $1 per shirt if prepaid; $1.50 if paid at pickup. Is there a violation of...

Harsh Punishment for a Single Hair: Circumstantial Evidence in Halacha

By Rabbi Micha Cohn Last week, the Justice Department and FBI admitted that microscopic hair comparison, a form of circumstantial evidence, has serious flaws. Nearly...

Game On: Tackling Sports Injuries In Halacha

By Rav Shlomo Cohen Serious and painful injuries can be caused while playing sports. A game of football can end in concussions from a strong...

Video: Star-K Discussion of the Anisakis Worm Issue

The following is a webconference delivered this past month by Rabbi Zvi Goldberg and Rabbi Mordechai Frankel discussing the background to the worldwide...

Showering During the Nine Days?

By Rabbi Yehuda Spitz The Mishna famously teaches that "Mishenichnas Av Mema'atin BeSimcha", 'When the month of Av arrives (Rosh Chodesh Av), we must...

Are Kohanim Allowed To Visit Kivrei Tzadikim?

By Rabbi Avi Zakutinsky, Matzav.com Anyone touching the corpse of a human soul shall become unclean for seven days. (Chukas 19:11) We are all aware...

Does Butter Have to Be Cholov Yisroel?

Q: I only consume Cholov Yisroel products, but I have heard that butter is acceptable even if it is not made from Cholov Yisroel...

Chicago Rabbinical Council Top Ten Kashrus Questions for October 2013

Q: Does rice need a hechsher? A: Plain raw and par boiled rice requiring an extended cooking time do not require a hechsher .  Seasoned...

The Halachos and Minhagim of Rosh Hashanah: A Review

By Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Rosh Hashana. The Piskei Din for the most...