Is a Bracha Recited In a Situation of Sfek Sfeika?

By Rabbi Avrohom Dovid Waxman The proper fulfillment of the mitzvah of Sefiras Haomer requires counting the forty-nine days and seven weeks from macharas haPesach...

Selected Laws and Customs of Purim, Courtesy of ArtScroll/Mesorah

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Halachos of Purim on Erev Shabbos

By Rabbi Avrohom Dovid Waxman Time of the Seuda: The Rema (Orach Chaim 695:2) writes that if Purim is on Friday one should eat the...

This Year, Purim Falls on Friday. What Time Should I Begin My Purim Seudah?

Written by Rabbis Eli Gersten, Yaakov Luban, and Moshe Zywica of the Orthodox Union The Rema (Shulchan Aruch OC 695:2) writes that when Purim is...

Must You Sacrifice Performing Hiddur Mitzvah for Your Friend’s Mitzvah Fulfillment?

By Rav Avrohom Dovid Waxman The mitzvah of hadlokas neiros Chanukah is typically fulfilled in the most preferred form- mehadrin min ha’mehadrin- with each obligated...

Rav Miller: If You Eat Turkey Especially for Thanksgiving, You’re an Oveid Avodah Zarah

Q: What is your opinion about celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving tonight with a turkey dinner? Rav Avigdor Miller zt"l: Thanksgiving is a holiday that was manufactured...

Is It Necessary to Feel Pain During Mitzvas Bris Milah?

By Rabbi Avrohom Dovid Waxman Li’iluy Nishmas Rav Pinchas Gershon Halevi zatza”l ben Rav Yeshaya Dovid zt”l A Marbitz Torah and an exemplary Ba’al Chessed, who...

How Was it Muttar to Sleep at the Simchas Beis Hashoeiva?

By Rav Avrohom Dovid Waxman  The Gemara in Sukkah (53a) relates that Rav Yehoshua Ben Chananya testified that during the great simcha of the simchas...

Erev Yom Kippur: Lots of Candy – How Many Brachos?

Generally, the halacha is that when a person makes a bracha on a food, the bracha is in effect so long as he does...