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Corporate Gifts

  • March 12, 2019

Many startup businesses are created through an agreement in which an investor provides funding with a heter iska contract. May the business owner send the investor annual corporate gifts, or an extravagant Shalach Manos on Purim? Poskim disagree whether the…

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One Dollar, One Vote?

  • March 12, 2019

The (Putative) Hegemony Of the “Billionaire Class” By: Rav Yitzchak Grossman, Dayan at The Bais HaVaad The central theme of the presidential campaign of self-described “democratic socialist” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a scathing denunciation of what he considers the…

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Digging for Din: May We Learn Halacha from Archeology?

  • March 12, 2019

Torah amid the ruins The archeology world was recently excited by the discovery of a marked beka (machatzis hashekel) weight in a dig at the Kosel. A small stone bearing an inscription that archeologists identified as the word “beka”—written backwards—was…

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Halachos of Daily Living

  • March 5, 2019

These are some brachos which fall in the middle between these two categories mentioned last week– that is – they aren’t clearly obligatory or not obligatory, and it is questionable if they are part of the 100 brachos or not: Amen in response to the…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • March 5, 2019

GIVING THE LENDER AN ALIYAH Dovid, the gabbai in Shul in charge of giving out the aliyos, happens to owe money to Zelig, another member of the shul. May he offer Zelig an aliyah? May he offer him shlishi or…

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Dressing up on Purim

  • March 5, 2019

Adapted from a shiur by Rav Avrohom Yeshaya Cohen Is it permitted for a boy to dress as a girl on Purim or does this violate lo yilbash? The Mahari Mintz allows for two reasons: Purim dress-up is done by…

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The Crown Jewels

  • March 5, 2019

Part 1: Who is responsible for stolen collateral? By: R' Yosef Greenwald   I was recently walking in Midtown Manhattan and I passed by a famous bank. Outside of the bank was a glass display case with a beautiful collection…

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ואכלת ושבעת וברחת

  • March 5, 2019

ואכלת ושבעת וברחת As heard from Rav Dovid Shlomo Englander Eat and Run Paul Guadalupe Gonzales likes eating. Paying, less so. Last May, Gonzales invited a woman he met online to dinner at a California restaurant. He ordered lavishly for…

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