Rosh Hashanah 14: Davening for a Kosher Esrog

Rabbi Mordechai Koster is presently a member of the kollel at Bais Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, where he receivedsemichah. He has written several seforim...

Soinei Matanos Yichye

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The posuk in Mishlei, Perek Tes Zayin, posuk chof zayin says “Ve’Sonei Matanos Yichye:” one who does not accept presents will live. The Gemara in Sotah, daf mem zayin, amud bais tell us...

Business Halacha: “Switch Over” Phone Campaigns

Question: I operate a long-distance telecommunication company. Verizon, Sprint, and MCI are constantly running campaigns aimed at my clients and offering incentives for them...

Keeping the Light on For You

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld I recently saw a great story that Rav Yechiel Michel Stern recounted. We can learn some mussar and a halacha from it so it is worthwhile sharing it here.  A...

Business Halacha: Merchandise Loans

Q: Under what circumstances are merchandise loans permitted? A: We mentioned last week that Chazal prohibited merchandise loans unless they are based on the cash...

Pesach: Symbolism Over Substance

By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky The entire Seder ceremony is replete with symbolic gestures. We drink four cups of wine to...

Minhagim of Tu B’Shevat

It is customary for Ashkenazic Yidden to eat different varieties of fruits on Tu B'Shevat, as this day is the Rosh Hashanah...

Hilchos Purim: Shabbos Erev Purim

If the Seudah Shlishis on Shabbos Erev Purim (this year 27 Feb) stretches until after nightfall, one does not say Al Hanisim in Birchas...

Audio: Rav Shurkin B’inyan Mitzvas Mechiyas Amaleik Ub’inyan Parshas Zachor V’inyonei Purim

The following shiur was delivered on  Sunday morning at Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda-Brook HillAshkenaz Shul in Lakewood, NJ, and is posted exclusively here on...

Taster’s Choice Shailos: Beyond the Packaging

By Rabbi Gavriel Price Q. When I prepare Nescafe instant coffee on Shabbos, I pour hot water from an urn directly into a cup, and...