Halachic Analysis: Matanos L’Evyonim

The mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim on Purim is to give at least one gift to two different poor people on Purim day. The plural...

Halachically Speaking – Happy Birthday

The Jewish people have always focused on birthdays. On Pesach, we celebrate the birth of the Jewish nation. We say in Mussaf that the...

The Basic Halachos of Shatnez – Part 2 of 3

The prohibition of shatnez is a prohibition of wearing or covering oneself in a beneficial way similar to wearing. A tent or umbrella made...

Vertlach: Parshas Beha’aloscha

This weeks דבר תורה is לזכות רפואה שלימה ל-אברהם בייניש בן גאלדה שפרינצה. ולאה בת חנה And לזכר נשמת ר' אברהם בן שמחה זצ"ל ר' חיים בן...

Halachically Speaking: Zecher L’Churban (Part 3)

Each Room Some poskim maintain that an amah by amah should be made in every room of one’s house. Even according to this opinion, a...

Taanis Esther – An Overview

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW During the time of Mordechai and Esther , the Jews united on the 13th of Adar to fight and wage war, standing up...

Hilchos Uminhagei Yom Kippur 5772

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Rosh Yom-Kippur. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely...

Bais HaVaad Yerushalayim Second Seder Program

The dream of many bachurim is to spend at least a year or two after they get married, in the holy city of Yerushalayim,...

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...

Halachic Analysis: Why No Autopsies

Recent events in the Jewish community have brought up the concept of autopsies in Jewish law. Some question why Jewish law is opposed to...

Hilchos Uminhagei Purim

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Krakowski is Rov of Kehilas Torah Ve’Chesed in Yerushalayim’s Nachlaot Neighborhood. Rabbi Krakowski also serves as a Rabbinical representative for OU Kashrus...

Hilchos Uminhagei Shavuos

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Krakowski is Rov of Kehilas Torah Ve’Chesed in Yerushalayim’s Nachlaot Neighborhood. Rabbi Krakowski also serves as a Rabbinical representative for OU...

Halachically Speaking – When and When Not to Recite Tachnun

There are many days of the year where tachnun is not recited. Some times one is in a shul and there will be a...

Hilchos Yichud For Shovavim Tat 5774

The following is meant as a convenient review of Hilchos Yichud (written by Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski).  The Piskei Din for the most part...

May Orthodox Rabbis Permit Women to Don Tefillin?

I. The Ruling of the Ramo and Modern Reaction ואם הנשים רוצין להחמיר על עצמן מוחין בידן and if the women wish to act stringently ...

Hilchos Uminhagei Purim 5774 By Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Purim. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on...

Halachic Analysis: Getting Drunk on Purim

It is one halacha that parents just don't like at all. It is also one that they do not really have an answer for. “But Mom,...

Mimamakim: Insights into Purim

By Rabbi Yosef Levinson    Think of Purim, and one of the first things that come to mind is the minhag (custom) of masquerading. We...

The Aliyah L’Torah Part 6

 Bowing to the Sefer Torah Some poskim quote the custom to bow to the sefer while reciting the beracha on the Torah.(52) However, others say...

Halachically Speaking: Zecher L’Churban (Part 6)

Wedding T’nayim The minhag is to break a plate at the t’nayim as a zecher l’churban. The breaking should be done by any of the machatanim...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Noach

Vayomer Elokim zos os habris … es kashti nasati b’anan v’haysah l’os bris beini u’bein ha’aretz (9:12-13) Hashem told Noach that the rainbow will be...

Halachic Analysis: Mishloach Manos – All You Need To Know To Do The Mitzvah...

THE MITZVAH Mordechai and his Beis Din enacted that on the day of Purim each person must send a gift of at least two portions...

How to be Maavir Sidrah This Week

As many people who have looked at Parshas Pinchas this week realize, there is a paragraph mark (called a psucha) in the middle of...

Halachically Speaking: Zecher L’Churban (Part 2)

Amah by Amah  When the bais hamikdosh was destroyed the chachumim established that anything that brings joy should be accompanied by a zecher l’churban, since...

Vertluch: Parshas Lech lecha

The end of this week’s parsha discusses that Hashem gave us the commandment of bris milah and how Avraham and Yishmael were both circumcised. Dovid...

Halachically Speaking – Reading Another Persons Mail

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...

Hilchos Chol Hamoed

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chol-Hamoed. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the...

The Aliyah L’Torah Part 5

Turning one's Head One should turn his head away from the sefer while making the beracha.(43) Some say the custom is to turn his head...

Vertluch: Purim 5772

The gemarain Megillah (2a) discusses the scenarios of how the Megillah can beread on different days of the month, depending on where a person...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayakhel/Pekudei

V’chol hanashim asher nasah liban osana b’chochma tavu es ha’izim (35:26)             Rashi writes that the women displayed special skills and wisdom in spinning the...

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas Lech Lecha

Hashem announces to Avrohom that Sarah Imeinu will have a child he will be considered his only eternal child. Hashem explains that only this...

Halachic Analysis: Seat Belt Tickets and More

A new driver just got her license and was driving two friends to the mall. Not sure of where to turn, her driving appeared...

Kapparos – A Halachic Overview

It was a rather bizarre incident.  It seems that the Kapparos chicken had made a run for it and escaped.  Where did it go? ...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Tetzaveh

V’atah Tetzaveh (27:20) The Baal HaTurim points out that from the birth of Moshe in Parshas Shemos until his death in Parshas V’Zos HaBeracha, this...

Hilchos Yom-Tov (Shavuos 5773)

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely...

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