P’sak from Rav Yisroel Belsky and Rav Shlomo Miller On Acappella Music During Sefirah

Q: A cappella albums - singing without instrumental accompaniment - are becoming more and more common, especially during Sefirah and The Three Weeks...

Aged Cheese List

Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer Rabbinic Coordinator and Chairman of Dairy Committee, OU Kosher In Yoreh Deah 89:2, the Remo writes, "And there are those who are strict...

Watch: Rav Gershon Edelstein On How to Deal with Those Who Leave the Fold

THIS IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH:   * KOVOD & YEDIDUS * Avi Fishoff: The Rosh Yeshiva has stated clearly that when a...

Happy Birthday? 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld Should someone’s birthday be celebrated by making a meal? Is it considered a Yom Tov? The Ben Ish Chai in Parshas Re’eh 17 writes that some people...

Rav Moshe Feinstein’s Heter of Cholov Stam Revisited

By Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer Rabbinic Coordinator, Orthodox Union Halacha states that milk which is produced without hashgacha (r'iyah of a Yisroel) is non-kosher; such milk is...

Geshem or Gashem?

By Rabbi Yehuda Spitz Two weeks ago, on Shmini Atzeres, as per the Mishna's instruction and codified by the Shulchan Aruch, world Jewry started reciting...

Mother or Father 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In Bereishis 27:6 Rivkah told Yaakov that she heard her father talking to Esav etc. She ends off saying, “Listen to what I...

Halacha Berurah: Thanksgiving Celebrations and Adapting Customs of Akum

By Rabbi Elli Bohm Reviewed By HaRav Yisroel Belsky It is vital to make two points clear at the onset of this article. Firstly, we will...

Building a Shul 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In Shmos 25:5 it says that Hashem commanded the Yidden to build a mikdash so he can dwell amongst them. From this passuk we learn the concept that the Bnei Yisroel had...

Missing Name 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld                 The Baal Haturim in Parshas Tetzaveh brings down a Zohar that says there is no Sedra in the Torah since Moshe was born that does not have the name of Moshe in it, except for Parshas Tetzaveh....

Chanukah Questions

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld There are a few questions we will pose here and to which we will provide appropriate answers. How is it possible...

Rain 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In Eretz Yisroel they begin to say “vesen tal umatar” on zayin Cheshvan. In Chutz Le’Aaretz we begin saying “vesen tal umatar” on December 4th or on December 5th the year before...

Readers’ Matzav: Pita Chips Bracha Issue

Dear Editor, There is a product out by the name of Stacy's Pita chips that is OU certified. The product description, both on the packaging and...

Doctor Kohen 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In Vayikra 21:1 the torah teaches us that a kohen can not become tamei. The question one can ask is may a Kohen become a doctor? He may...

Haircut During 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...

Video: Cholov Akum Nowadays

"Chalav Akum Nowadays" was presented by Rav Yisroel Belsky, OU Posek; Rav Menachem Genack, CEO OU Kosher; and Rav Aharon Teitelbaum, Nirbatur Rov,...

Sorry to Spoil the Cheese Party: A Reply to Rabbi Barry Dolinger’s “Milchig Manifesto...

By Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer  P’sak Halacha is very serious business. To adjudicate Halacha, one must be a grounded halachic authority, whose command of the issues...

Knife 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In Devarim 27:5 the posuk says one should not raise a knife on the stones in the Bais Hamikdash. Shulchan Aruch OrachChaim 180 says that our minhag is to cover the knife while bentching. The Bais Yosef brings...

Calming Effect 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld The Torah tells us in Devarim 29:9 “All Yidden are standing here before Hashem…” The Medrash says the reason why Parshas Nitzavim was placed right next to the klalos is because when the Yidden heard the 98...

Vowing 

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld In Devarim,30:3 the Torah tells us that one should keep his word and not desecrate his vows. The Shach brings a remez from the words “lo yachel devaro kechol” that teaches...

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