Wise in Choosing Mitzvos

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The posuk tells us that Moshe took the bones of Yosef with him when he left Mitzrayim. The Midrash says, “Come and see Moshe Rabbeinu’s great love of mitzvos.” When all the Jews were busy gathering bizas hayam, the spoils...

May One Eat Bread Loaf’s Ends?

Q. I have heard that some have the minhag (custom) not to eat the end slices of a loaf of bread. What is the...

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...

Quicken Loans and Halacha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times At the behest of leading Poskim who reached out to the Five Towns Jewish Times,...

Tipping The Scales Of Judgment

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The posuk tells us that Hashem said, “I hardened the heart of Pharaoh and the heart of his servants so I can judge them and punish them.” The...

May A Shul Hire A Rabbi Who Is Ineligible For A Minyan?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman While this question may seem a bit bizarre at first glance, it is a disturbingly germane question.  More and more, we...

Staying a Levi

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The Gemara in Sota, daf yud alef, amud bais describes the reward that was received by the midwives in Mitzrayim for not killing the Jewish male babies....

What Does “OU Glatt” Mean?

Q. Kosher meat products regularly bear the OU symbol with the word “Glatt." What does this mean, and would the product still be kosher...

Special Bracha During Bris

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Toward the beginning of this week’s parsha, Parshas Vayechi, Yaakov Avinu blessed his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe. He told them that Yisroel will bless their children to be...