More On Taking a Haircut Tonight

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times For those who just want the bottom line – the answer is “Yes.” You can...

Haircut During The Omer By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld

The Torah tells us that a “mitztaer” (a person in pain) is exempt from the mitzvah of Sukkah. One may say that this exemption of a mitztaer being pattur from Sukkah is only applicable to the mitzva of Sukkah as...

Omer During Yovel

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The Torah gives us a special promise that during Shmitta and Yovel the supply of fruit will be sufficient even though...

Floods of Kiddush Hashem or Chillul Hashem

By Rabbi Shraga Freedman It wasn’t too long ago that the frum community in America was small, and its members’ actions would often go unnoticed....

Haggadah Reading

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The Rema brings down in Siman Taf Lamed that there is a minhag to say the Hagada on Shabbos HaGadol at mincha. The Ravya in Chelek Bais, Pesachim, siman Taf Chof Heh, says that the...

Havdalah on Tom Tov

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In the end of Parshas Shmini, Perek Yud, Posuk Yud, the posuk teaches us that Hashem said we should differentiate between the holy and mundane. The Remah quotes the Rashba discussing...

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...