The following anecdote was recently related by a guest at my Shabbos table.
A young man was driving on a moto
This week’s article discusses the halachos of Parashas Zachor, which is read this week in advance of Purim. Is the reading of Zachor a Torah mitzvah, or a rabbinic enactment? Does the mitzvah require a kosher Sefer Torah, and a reading among a quorum of men? Are women obligated in the mitzvah? These questions, and more, are discussed in the present article.
This week’s article discusses a number of basic questions concerning the prohibitions against taking revenge and bearing a grudge. When are the prohibitions of taking revenge and bearing a grudge transgressed? Are they contingent on a person’s inner thoughts, or do they require a concrete action? Are there instances in which it is permitted to take revenge and to bear a grudge? We will seek to clarify these issues in this week’s article.
In this week’s parashah, Vayeira, after Avimelech discovers that Sarah is the wife of Avraham, the pasuk narrates (Bereishis 20:14): “Avimelech took sheep, cattle, slaves and maidservants, and gave them… Read more »
This week’s article deals with the halachic issue of writing a Sefer Torah. What are the parameters of this mitzvah? Does the mitzvah apply today, and if so, why do most people not write a personal Sefer Torah? Can a Sefer Torah be written in partnership? Is there a mitzvah of writing or purchasing other sefarim? These questions, and more, are discussed in this week’s article.
This week’s article discusses the prohibition of tzaar baalei chayim, causing pain and suffering to animals. What are the parameters of the prohibition? When is it permitted to cause pain to animals? Does a corresponding prohibition apply to humans? These questions, and more, are discussed in this week’s article.
The Torah is particularly stringent with regard to matters of weights and measures, prohibiting not only the act of deception,
but even keeping false weights and measures in one’s possession. Today, there is virtually not a home in which several weights
and measures can be found, and their halachic status is not as clear as we might think. Is it permitted to keep an
inaccurate kitchen scale at home? What of bathroom scales, a baby bottle (with volume markings), or a tape measure? This
week’s article deals with these questions, and with related issues of weights and measures.
This week’s article discusses the contemporary issue of relocating graves. Although the issue has been somewhat politicized in recent years, we mustn’t forget that in principle, the question of disinterring graves is strictly halachic. What is the nature of the prohibition to exhume remains? When is it permitted to do so, and in particular, are various public needs sufficient cause for leniency? These important questions will be discussed in this week’s article.
This week’s article discusses the issue of toiling in Torah study. What defines the obligation of Torah study? Is the obligation quantifiable? To which parts of Torah should one dedicate his time? What is the main object of our toil: quantity or quality? These questions, and more, are discussed in this week’s article.
1. Ma’aser kesafim cannot be used to fulfill a mitzvah, whether a mitzvah d’oraisa (( The gemora in Beitza (19b) says, “All money that one must spend, can only be paid for withchullin… If a… Read more »
Recent times have brought something of a revolution in charity giving. Instead of the personal, local giving that was always the basic norm for making donations, various tzedakah organizations (both local… Read more »
Even the destitute must fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah. Although someone without income and reliant on charity is not subject to the obligation (or custom) of maaser kesafim, ((The details of the obligation… Read more »
1. The Torah forbids a kohen to become tamei through contact with a corpse (tumas-mes). This is one of the 613 commandments.
2. Every Jew, even a non-kohen, is forbidden to cause a kohen to become tamei-mes.
3. This prohibition applies worldwide, even today when there is no Temple, and even when the kohen is already tamei.
Magic tricks have become a part of many of our lives. We are used to magicians appearing at birthday parties, to children coming home from schools with magic tricks, and to magic shows that even adults are amazed by. But are these magical matters consistent with halachah? This article briefly discusses the fascinating issue of magic and halachah.
view / download PDF There are four means for consecrating an object for tzedaka. They are: thought, speech, writing and creating a legal transfer (in the halachic sense) of ownership. We will… Read more »
view / download PDF Ed. note.: The current unprecedented condition of the U.S markets and the global economic meltdown have severely depreciated the value of businesses, homes and investment portfolios…. Read more »