Nitzavim – Mutual Responsibility

One of the basic halachic principles that accompany us daily is the principle of arvus, mutual responsibility among the nation of Israel. The concept of mutual responsibility is manifest on several layers of our national life, and this week we discuss its halachic expression. What are the halachic ramifications of arvus? How does the concept of arvus influence the obligation to rebuke wrongdoers? And what about women? These, and other related issues, are discussed in this week’s article.

Bo #95

This week’s article discusses the halachic definition of chatzos: midday and midnight—a concept that appears in this week’s parashah in connection with Yetzias Mitzrayim. How is the time of chatzos… Read more »

26/01/2012

The Lulav

If the leaves lie against the spine, the lulav is mehudar.
If the leaves fan out to the side, but can be tied down to the spine, the lulav is kosher but not mehudar.
If the leaves fan out to the side, but cannot be tied down to the spine, the lulav is possul.

Relief on Shabbos

Question: Is it permissible to urinate or defecate on grass or dirt during Shabbos? Answer: It is permitted to urinate on grass (O.C. 336:3). It is also permitted to defecate… Read more »

12/09/2010

Spousal Bosis

Question: While we were learning hilchos Shabbos last week, my wife had the following question (regarding the point that someone else cannot make one’s possessions into a bosis since the other person… Read more »

07/09/2010