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Halachically Speaking - Reading Another Persons Mail

Halachically Speaking - Reading Another Persons Mail
[Written by Rabbi Moishe Lebovits - KOF-K Kosher Supervision] We are all familiar with the cherem of Rabbeinu Gershom not to read other people’s mail. It is very common in the workplace for faxes to be placed in public bins. Are other Jewish workers allowed to read the fax? If letters are placed in a bin to be mailed can one read who the recipient is? Does this cherem also apply to the letters of a non-Jew? In general what is permitted what is not permitted to be read? Is an email the same ...
(1 opinions  |   February 04 )

Halachically Speaking - When and When Not to Recite Tachnun

Halachically Speaking - When and When Not to Recite Tachnun
[Written By Rabbi Moishe Lebovits - KOF-K Kosher Supervision] There are many days of the year where tachnun is not recited. Some times one is in a shul and there will be a bris on that day and no tachnun is said. Is tachnun said at night? On the Yartziet of a Tzadik? These and many other questions will be addressed in this issue. Bais Avel r”l The custom is that tachnun is not recited in the house of an avel.[1] One of the reasons is because aveilus is comparable to Yom Tov.[2] ...
(4 opinions  |   January 21 )

Halachically Speaking - The Expectant Mother

Halachically Speaking - The Expectant Mother
                Written By Moishe Lebovits - KOF-K Kosher Supervision   The time when a couple finds out that a child is on the way is a very happy time. Many different halachos apply to an expecting mother, along with many segulos. These items and many others will be discussed in this issue.   Davening for the Child The Mishnah in Mesechtas Berochos[1] says one who davens to have a specific gender has davened an ...
(1 opinions  |   January 14 )

Halachically Speaking - Happy Birthday

Halachically Speaking - Happy Birthday
[By Rabbi Moishe Lebovits - KOF-K Kosher Supervision] The Jewish people have always focused on birthdays. On Pesach, we celebrate the birth of the Jewish nation. We say in Mussaf that the world was created on Rosh Hashana. Many question whether making a birthday party is a Jewish custom. Indeed, there are customs for the day of a birthday which are not well known. In this issue we will discuss these issues and many others.[1] Early Sources on non-Jewish Birthdays The only birthday ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 07 )

Halachically Speaking - Secular Dates

Halachically Speaking - Secular Dates
[Written By Rabbi Moishe Lebovits - KOF-K  Kosher Supervision] The Jewish calendar plays an important role throughout the year. However, we make ample use of the secular calendar as well. Whenever we write a check or schedule an appointment with a non-Jew, we use the secular date. The issue of using secular dates has been addressed over the last couple hundred years. Is writing the date akin to saying it? We will also focus on the format of the writing, such as January 28th 2014 or ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 24 )

Halachically Speaking - The Halachos and Kashrus of Chocolate

Halachically Speaking - The Halachos and Kashrus of Chocolate
A visitor to a supermarket is struck by the vast array of chocolate items for sale, such as candies, chocolate cake, chocolate milk, chocolate cookies and the like. There is also a vast array of halachic issues which apply to chocolate. Is one allowed to drink hot chocolate before davening? What beracha is made on chocolate? Is a beracha achrona recited on hot cocoa? What beracha is made on chocolate covered products, such as chocolate covered raisins? How is a chocolate machine kashered? Does ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 17 )

Halachically Speaking - Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey

Halachically Speaking - Thanksgiving and Eating Turkey
Written By Rabbi Moishe Lebovits KOF-K Kosher Supervision Much has been discussed over the years regarding Thanksgiving dinner. We will discuss whether such a party is allowed, and if turkey may be served. The underlying point of the debate is whether Thanksgiving is considered a religious or secular holiday. In order to determine this, we need to know the history of the Thanksgiving holiday (see footnote).[1] In addition, we will discuss the kashrus of birds in general and turkey ...
(2 opinions  |   November 26 )

Hilchos Tisha B'av 5774 - By Rabbi Krakowski

Hilchos Tisha B'av 5774 - By Rabbi Krakowski
The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Tisha BeAv. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As individual circumstances are often important in determining the psak in specific cases, and as there may be different approaches to some of the issues, one should always ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 04 )

How to be Maavir Sidrah This Week

How to be Maavir Sidrah This Week
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] As many people who have looked at Parshas Pinchas this week realize, there is a paragraph mark (called a psucha) in the middle of a Pasuk right before the census (BaMidbar 26:1). “And it was after the plague                     and Hashem said to Moshe etc.” How should this be handled with respect to the weekly Mitzvah of reviewing the Sidrah? The truth is that this happens three times a year, in Parshas VaYishlach, “And the sons of ...
(3 opinions  |   July 09 )

Parshas Balak - Overview And Life Lessons

Parshas Balak - Overview And Life Lessons
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] This Parsha sheet was written l’ilui nishmas the murdered Yeshiva students: Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah, Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim and Eyal ben Iris Teshurah. It can be downloaded as well. First Aliyah – Moav is frightened of Klal Yisroel.  Balak, king of Moav sends messengers to Bilaam to curse them.  Bilaam tells the messengers to spend the night.  Hashem asks who they are, and then tells him not to curse Klal Yisroel. Why didn’t Balak seek to ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 04 )

Life Lessons and Parsha Overview - Chukas

Life Lessons and Parsha Overview - Chukas
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] As a z'chus of Limmud HaTorah for the three kidnapped Yeshiva students, Yeshiva World News and 5TJT have launched a special parsha sheet that includes an overview of each week's parsha as well as life lessons culled from the Gedolei HaMeforshim on each week's Sidrah. It may be downloaded as pdf and can be read at the Shabbos meals. May Hashem send us nechamos bimheira b'yameinu, Amain. This Sidrah has ten Parshios.  Instructions given regarding the Parah Adumah – ...
(Add your opinion  |   June 27 )