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Should I Light My Shabbat Candles with Olive Oil?

Should I Light My Shabbat Candles with Olive Oil?

What type of candles or oil should one use for lighting Shabbat candles? If i light with candles, should i…
Why do many Jewish Men use the Mikvah before Shabbat?

Why do many Jewish Men use the Mikvah before Shabbat?

Immersion in a mikvah brings about a level of spiritual purity
Noach – Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

Noach – Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

When a person teaches others he feels more of a necessity to gain clarity in his learning, so he can…
The Greatness of Torah: Part 2 – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

The Greatness of Torah: Part 2 – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

Why are there no vowels and punctuation and in the Torah? Rabbi Mendel Kessin expounds on the depth and wisdom…
Do Cherries Need to be Checked for Bugs? – Watch

Do Cherries Need to be Checked for Bugs? – Watch

Rabbi Moshe Vaye says that cherries from Brazil don't need to be checked, whereas cherries from Argentina need checking. It…
The Greatness of Torah – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

The Greatness of Torah – Rabbi Mendel Kessin

What is so unique about Torah study? Why is learning Torah considered greater than all the 613 mitzvot? Watch and…
Unlocking the Secret Code of the Talmud – Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

Unlocking the Secret Code of the Talmud – Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

What is the significance of the Talmud in Judaism? What is the function of the Talmud? What is the intent…
What Does Judaism Say about Capital Punishment? Watch

What Does Judaism Say about Capital Punishment? Watch

Why is capital punishment included in the Torah's justice system? Rabbi Eliezer Zobin elaborates on Judaism's perspective of the death…
How to Check for Bugs – Rivka Malka Perlman

How to Check for Bugs – Rivka Malka Perlman

Watch a short and simple video on how to check for bugs from Rivka Malka's kitchen
Proof of The Oral Tradition

Proof of The Oral Tradition

A Jew who is faithful to the Jewish people, the eternal people, is inevitably connected to the Oral Tradition -…
Q & A: Is it Permissible to Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Q & A: Is it Permissible to Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Is celebrating Thanksgiving considered to be avoda zara (idol worship), or chukat hagoyim?
Why Does Judaism Forbid Tattoos?

Why Does Judaism Forbid Tattoos?

If I have a tattoo, can I be buried in a Jewish cemetery? Why does the Torah prohibit tattoos? Rabbi…
How to Choose a Personal Rabbi

How to Choose a Personal Rabbi

What are the criteria for choosing a suitable Rabbi? How can you determine who is fit to be your personal…
Traveling on a Cruise Ship over Shabbat

Traveling on a Cruise Ship over Shabbat

May one travel on a cruise ship over Shabbat? Can one get off a ship that has docked on Shabbat?
Why did Rabbi Kanievsky Shlit’a Urgently call 10 People into His Room?

Why did Rabbi Kanievsky Shlit’a Urgently call 10 People into His Room?

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Shlit’a, who spends day and night studying Torah, completed a Tractate of Talmud and then asked to…
Watch: Holy Sage Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Completes Tractate of Talmud

Watch: Holy Sage Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Completes Tractate of Talmud

Leading Torah authority, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky of Benei Brak completes Tractate Sukkah of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud. Family members…
A ‘Phone Call’ to G-d

A ‘Phone Call’ to G-d

“I was praying in a phone booth when someone came; what do I do?”
Who Makes More; a Shoemaker or a Shoe Factory Owner?

Who Makes More; a Shoemaker or a Shoe Factory Owner?

The Chafetz Chaim answered a Yeshiva Executive Director (A.K.A. fundraiser) who wanted to retire and learn undisturbed
Did Dinosaurs Exist according to the Torah?

Did Dinosaurs Exist according to the Torah?

What does Judaism say about dinosaurs? Do the findings of giant reptile fossils contradict the Torah?
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Message: Make Sure Your Home is Peaceful

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Message: Make Sure Your Home is Peaceful

“Stringencies taken on by novices have nothing to do with Halacha and can cause domestic strife”
Chief Rabbi David Lau: “Israeli Supreme Court Encourages Kashrut Fraud”

Chief Rabbi David Lau: “Israeli Supreme Court Encourages Kashrut Fraud”

“Saying an establishment is “supervised” means nothing and opens the door to kashrut fraud”
The Hidabroot Approach

The Hidabroot Approach

People must first get the right information
How Can I Get Atonement For Serious Sins?

How Can I Get Atonement For Serious Sins?

Rabbi Nachum Chaimowitz shows us what to do step by step; the main thing is not to give up and…
Praying for the Wicked

Praying for the Wicked

Are we supposed to pray for the wicked or should we pray they get destroyed?
The Jewish Husband and Wife, Building their Eternity Together

The Jewish Husband and Wife, Building their Eternity Together

They have an equal share in eternal reward and mutual appreciation for each other is the best way to build…
The Chafetz Chaim’s 3 Minute Speech

The Chafetz Chaim’s 3 Minute Speech

He helped get everyone's priorities straight
A Message from the Next World

A Message from the Next World

“We decided not to do anything for our mother since she didn’t give us a sign from heaven so it’s…
No Child Should be Left Behind

No Child Should be Left Behind

"Without a Jewish education, intermarriage is the best that can happen! It's all downhill from there
Can I use Marijuana or Alcohol to get Happy According to Jewish Law?

Can I use Marijuana or Alcohol to get Happy According to Jewish Law?

Find out what's the difference between alcohol and drugs according to Jewish law
Why Do I Need All These Setbacks?

Why Do I Need All These Setbacks?

G-d wants to make sure we’re not just a ‘fair weather friend’ and we stick with Him through thick and…
I’m Good With G-d without His Commandments !

I’m Good With G-d without His Commandments !

Speaking to G-d is a wonderful thing but make sure to take out your earplugs so you can hear what…
Parshat Shekalim It’s Reasons and Laws

Parshat Shekalim It’s Reasons and Laws

When do we read Parshat Shekalim? What is the mitzvah of giving a half shekel? What was the purpose of…
Dreamed About a Snake? What Does it Mean?

Dreamed About a Snake? What Does it Mean?

Is it a good sign or a bad one? Find out below
Do We Wear Tefillin on Purim?

Do We Wear Tefillin on Purim?

Q. Dear Rabbi, Do we wear Tefillin on Purim? Secondly, besides “Al Hanisim” in the amida are there other changes…
Why Did G-d Create Us?

Why Did G-d Create Us?

G-d created us like a father that has it all that has children in order to share his good with…
Leaving A Sefer Open

Leaving A Sefer Open

An overview of the laws of leaving a sefer open.
10 Reasons Why We Should Study Mishnayot by Heart

10 Reasons Why We Should Study Mishnayot by Heart

What benefits can you gain by memorizing mishnayot orally? Also: Distinctive advice from the Holy Chafetz Chaim
Morning Prayers: Until When?

Morning Prayers: Until When?

Until what time may one recite the Shacharit prayer?
Laws of Eating Bread at a Meal

Laws of Eating Bread at a Meal

May a person leave the place where he is eating before reciting Grace After Meals? What should one do with…
What does the term “A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey” Refer To?

What does the term “A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey” Refer To?

The Bible describes the land of Israel many times as a "land flowing with milk and honey". What is this…
Daily Halacha: Naming After One Who Died Young

Daily Halacha: Naming After One Who Died Young

Naming for one who died in tragic circumstances may not be a good omen for the child.
Should One Eat Bread For Melave Malka?

Should One Eat Bread For Melave Malka?

Question: Is one obligated to eat bread on Motza’ei Shabbat for the fourth Shabbat meal which is also referred to…
Can One Make a Bookmark by Folding a Page on Shabbat?

Can One Make a Bookmark by Folding a Page on Shabbat?

Q. A person was reading a book and wishes to place a bookmark either by scratching with his fingernail or…
Laws of Shabbat – Part 1: Preparing For Shabbat

Laws of Shabbat – Part 1: Preparing For Shabbat

Proper preparation for Shabbat requires knowledge of many basic Halakhot. Rabbi Yoel Domb provides a basic overview of these halakhot
Writing a Torah Scroll and Sewing a Torah Scroll Mantel for a Reform Temple

Writing a Torah Scroll and Sewing a Torah Scroll Mantel for a Reform Temple

May one write a Torah scroll for a Reform congregation, because after all, they are Jews and are obligated in…
Q & A – Can I Smoke Dope?

Q & A – Can I Smoke Dope?

According to Jewish law, is one allowed to smoke drugs?
What Side Is Best To Sleep On?

What Side Is Best To Sleep On?

Some scientists suggest that the left side may be the healthiest to sleep on at night. Is this true for…
Why Are There Laws Of Slaves in the Torah?

Why Are There Laws Of Slaves in the Torah?

Many verses in the Torah emphasize the fact that we were slaves in Egypt, and therefore we must act in…
10 Facts About Shatnez – Mixture of Wool and Linen

10 Facts About Shatnez – Mixture of Wool and Linen

What is the reason for the prohibition of Shatnez? What is the source of the name? What is the obstacle…
Jacob asks: “My friend became religious and can’t find a job. What can I tell him?”

Jacob asks: “My friend became religious and can’t find a job. What can I tell him?”

What can one say to one who repented and became religious, and prays for a livelihood but is not answered?…
Smoking – in Jewish Law and History

Smoking – in Jewish Law and History

Is it permissible to smoke according to Jewish Law? When is an acceptable risk no longer acceptable? Rabbi Taub presents…
The Torah’s View on Organ Donation

The Torah’s View on Organ Donation

According to Judaism, are we allowed to donate organs after death?
Are There Or Aren’t There Mermaids?

Are There Or Aren’t There Mermaids?

What is the Jewish view about mermaids?
Yehudah – Taking Responsibility

Yehudah – Taking Responsibility

Man’s challenge is not simply to avoid mistakes, but to own up to those we inevitably make
Yosef and Deenah – Two Ways of Overcoming Evil

Yosef and Deenah – Two Ways of Overcoming Evil

We learn from Yosef and Deenah that there are two approaches to fighting evil; destroying it and reforming it
Vowing to give Charity

Vowing to give Charity

Is it permissible to vow to give a donation to a charitable cause?
Charity Commitments

Charity Commitments

What should be done in a situation where one has committed to giving charity to a certain cause, and it…
Checking Eligibility to Receive Charity

Checking Eligibility to Receive Charity

Who is eligible to receive charity? If a person is in need of food or clothing immediately, no checking is…
Charity – Mental Commitments

Charity – Mental Commitments

When is a person required to fulfill any mental commitments made to give charity?
Giving Charity with a Smile

Giving Charity with a Smile

The reason that people tend to find it difficult to give charity with a smile is because there are so…
Q&A: Doing Laundry on Chol Hamoed

Q&A: Doing Laundry on Chol Hamoed

I manage a family vacation site during the holiday, and since there are guests staying only during the Chol Hamoed…
Q&A: Laws of Chol Hamoed

Q&A: Laws of Chol Hamoed

Are we allowed to do everything like we would on weekdays, or do we have certain prohibitions similar to those…
Applying Make-Up on Shabbat

Applying Make-Up on Shabbat

Regarding the application of facial powder, there’s a difference of opinion among adjudicators.
Telling a Small Child to Do Melacha on Shabbat

Telling a Small Child to Do Melacha on Shabbat

Is one allowed to tell a young child to perform forbidden work on Shabbat? What if the child does it…
Yosef – The Fourth Forefather

Yosef – The Fourth Forefather

While Yosef was one of the twelve tribes, he also seems to play a more significant role than his brothers…
Rachel and Leah – The Desire for Greatness

Rachel and Leah – The Desire for Greatness

We learn from Rachel and Leah that the only way to achieve greatness is to aspire to it and to…
From Shimon and Levi to Pinchas and Zimri

From Shimon and Levi to Pinchas and Zimri

The two Tribes most closely associated with each other are Shimon and Levi. Many years later, their descendants meet again
10 Facts About the Sin of the Golden Calf

10 Facts About the Sin of the Golden Calf

The Children of Israel, who thought that Moshe died, turned to Aaron and asked him to make another god for…
10 Facts About the Mighty Shimshon

10 Facts About the Mighty Shimshon

Who was Shimshon and what was his secret?
Esav – No Room for Growth

Esav – No Room for Growth

Perhaps Esav’s most famous spiritual descendants were the Romans, who dominated most of the known world for centuries. They emulated…
Yaakov – Man of Truth

Yaakov – Man of Truth

We learn from Yaakov Avinu, the man of truth; that sometimes honesty is not the best policy
Yitzchak Avinu – The Middle Stage

Yitzchak Avinu – The Middle Stage

Why does the Torah record so few events in Yitzchak’s life?
Rivkah Imeinu – Kindness with Wisdom

Rivkah Imeinu – Kindness with Wisdom

Optimal kindness requires wisdom. With an awareness of those around him, one can perceive their needs and provide for them…
Yitzchak and Esav – Using and Abusing Power

Yitzchak and Esav – Using and Abusing Power

How could a man as great as Yitzchak have believed Esav was virtuous and more fitting to receive the blessings…
Efron – Acting on Impulse

Efron – Acting on Impulse

Efron offered Avraham a field as a gift, though suddenly changed his mind. How could Efron change so quickly from…
Yishmael – The Wrong Type of Kindness

Yishmael – The Wrong Type of Kindness

Yishmael represents the negative form of kindness. Why did he so abuse this trait that he received from Avraham Avinu?
Yitzchak’s Role

Yitzchak’s Role

The most striking aspect of Yitzchak’s actions is their similarity to those of his father. From this we derive the…
Sedom’s Attitude Towards Charity

Sedom’s Attitude Towards Charity

The behavior of the residents of Sedom stemmed from an ideology. To promote their cruel way of life, they instituted…
Avimelech – Subjective Morality

Avimelech – Subjective Morality

Avimelech professed his and his nation’s innocence so indignantly because the Pelishtim were known to be highly 'moral', though there…
Eliezer – Escaping the Curse of Cham

Eliezer – Escaping the Curse of Cham

Eliezer was destined to serve the nations of Shem and Yefes. How did Eliezer free himself from this curse?
Lot’s Wife – Concerned or Simply Curious?

Lot’s Wife – Concerned or Simply Curious?

After looking back at the destruction of Sedom, Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt. As always, a deeper…
Hagar – Responding to Difficulty

Hagar – Responding to Difficulty

Why did Sara afflict Hagar? What do we learn from the way Hagar responded to Sara's affliction?
Lot – Contradictions in Serving Hashem

Lot – Contradictions in Serving Hashem

What happens when a person faces this dichotomy, knowing he must observe the Torah – because it is true –…
Charan – Externally Righteous

Charan – Externally Righteous

Charan's death was unusual in that only his internal organs were destroyed, implying that his external body remained undamaged. What…
Avraham – Natural Kindness or the Will of God?

Avraham – Natural Kindness or the Will of God?

We learn from Avraham that sometimes following one’s natural affinity to kindness may not constitute HaShem’s will.
Avraham – The Ultimate Innovator

Avraham – The Ultimate Innovator

Avraham was a revolutionary, a pioneer, he was the originator and founder of the Jewish people. He had no father…
Sarah’s Greatness

Sarah’s Greatness

In this essay we will examine how Sarah personified the attribute of strict judgement and how it was a significant…
Terach – Why Don’t We Call Him ’Father’?

Terach – Why Don’t We Call Him ’Father’?

We do not relate to Terach as Avinu (our father), even though genetically he clearly is our ancestor, why do…
Avraham – Reacting to Success and Failure

Avraham – Reacting to Success and Failure

Avraham reacted to success without letting it affect his humility or hinder his service of HaShem, yet how did Avraham…
Shem and Yefet – Holiness and Beauty

Shem and Yefet – Holiness and Beauty

The battle of Chanukah was far more than a conflict between two warring nations, it was a clash of two…
Nimrod – Self-Worship

Nimrod – Self-Worship

Nimrod was granted exceedingly great power, but instead of humbling himself he became arrogant, even rejecting the very source of…
Three Fathers – Kindness, Strength, and Truth

Three Fathers – Kindness, Strength, and Truth

The three traits embodied by the Avos are kindness, strength, and truth. Each Father was to teach his special quality…
Kayin and Hevel – Balancing Humility and Confidence

Kayin and Hevel – Balancing Humility and Confidence

Striving for acquisitions is positive when directed toward spirituality. Only a person who is motivated to acquire spiritual greatness can…
Noach – Escape or Rebuild?

Noach – Escape or Rebuild?

In the course of our lives, most of us face tragedies or catastrophes. There is a natural temptation to escape…
Noach, Shem, and Ever – Masters of Insulation

Noach, Shem, and Ever – Masters of Insulation

Noach’s great strength was his ability to protect himself and his family from external influences, Shem and Ever passed on…
Adam – Potential for Greatness or Lowliness

Adam – Potential for Greatness or Lowliness

If man fulfills his purpose, all other creatures will serve him. However, if he fails, not only does he fall…
Chavah – The Mother of All Living Beings

Chavah – The Mother of All Living Beings

Whenever a person stumbles, even terribly, he need not despair that he has permanently failed in life. He can recover…
Opening Packages and Containers on Shabbat

Opening Packages and Containers on Shabbat

Is it permissible to tear open packets of sugar or make a hole in the top corner of a bag…
Laws of Shabbat: Grinding – Cutting Food on Shabbat

Laws of Shabbat: Grinding – Cutting Food on Shabbat

How may one cut his fruits and vegetables on Shabbos? Is the cutting of meat, fish and cheese included in…
Laws of Shabbat – The Melacha of Grinding

Laws of Shabbat – The Melacha of Grinding

Why is it forbidden to grind a chili pepper on Shabbos, whereas crumbling bread or cookies is permissible?
Opening Tin Cans and Packages on Shabbat

Opening Tin Cans and Packages on Shabbat

Is it Permissible to open tin cans, boxes and packages on Shabbos, in order to get the food inside them?
Opening Containers and Bottles on Shabbat

Opening Containers and Bottles on Shabbat

Opening metal bottle caps, plastic bottle caps and beer bottles on Shabbat
ACTIVITES HIDABROUT::À TOUTE QUESTION-SA REPONSE!

ACTIVITES HIDABROUT::À TOUTE QUESTION-SA REPONSE!

Un des items les plus importants du site Hidabrout, si ce n'est le plus important est celui intitulé: "Questions au…
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