Dependent

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In the Hagada we read that the recitation of the Hagada is done at the time when there is matza and marror in front of you. This halacha is derived from the posuk in Shemos,...

Why Is There No Question at the Seder About the Extra Wine?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times We know the four questions of Pesach. But why is there no question asked about...

Davening for Mizbeiach

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld During the Musaf Shemoneh Esrei of Rosh Chodesh we include a special Tefillah for the mizbeach. We say “Mizbeach hachadash b’Tzion tachin.” (A new mizbeach should be prepared in Tzion.) The question arises; why don’t...

Lights On or Off?

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The laws of Shabbos are reviewed in this week’s parsha; especially the laws of making a fire. An interesting question arises regarding the following...

Shabbos and Moshe Rabbeinu

The posuk says, “Six days work shall be done and on the seventh day is Shabbos Shabbason.” Rashi explains that “Shabbos Shabbason” is a...

How Does The OU Deal With Jewish-Owned Companies During Pesach?

Q. How does the OU deal with Jewish-owned companies during Pesach? A. Jewish-owned companies are not permitted to produce chametz on Pesach. They are required...

What Happens When The Baal Kriah Goes Against Shul Policy About Banging By Haman?

By Rav Doniel Dombroff Caution to the Reader: Some of this article is based on hearsay and has not been verified in print. A few years ago,...

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....