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Halachos of Daily Living

  • February 13, 2019

Halachos related to Berachos Tetzave What bracha is recited on papaya? We recite borei pri ha’eitz on fruit and borei pri ho’adama on vegetables. Halachically, is papaya treated as a fruit or a vegetable? A related issue is whether or not the first three years of a…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • February 13, 2019

Favors for the lender Regarding favors in ribbis, the following levels of friendship and favors are discussed in halachah: Acquaintances: Favors one would not have done otherwise: A private favor the borrower would not have done previously for the lender,…

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Taking Center Stage: The Proper Place of the Bimah

  • February 13, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yehoshua Grunwald on Parshas Tetzaveh (ועשית מזבח מקטר קטורת... ונתת אותו לפני הפרכת אשר על ארון העדות (שמות ל:א,ו The Rambam (Tefilla 11:13) rules that we place the bima in the middle of the…

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A Yored: The Fee When It’s Free

  • February 13, 2019

Paying for Unsolicited Services By: Rabbi Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad One may think that the Halacha of yored does not often apply. According to the Gemara, a person who completes a job without the owner asking for it, is…

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Mob Rules: Does the Torah Sanction Vigilante Justice?

  • February 13, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Yosef Greenwald Going alone Bais Din has a side job in addition to mishpat: to serve as shotrim, officers (Devarim 16:18). This function requires Bais Din, in certain circumstances, to intervene to protect society…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • February 5, 2019

USUAL AND UNUSUAL FAVORS May a person do favors for someone he owes money to? For example, Reuven, who owes Shimon money, was in a sefarim store and saw a sefer Shimon always wanted. May he do him a favor…

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A Defective Sheital and the Chasuna is Tommorow!

  • February 5, 2019

Q: My wife recently purchased a brand new sheital for my sister’s wedding. Everything seemed perfect as she wore the sheital the past few weeks. To our great dismay, my wife just noticed that the sheital is missing some hair…

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