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?
Question: Is one obligated to eat bread on Motza’ei Shabbat for the fourth Shabbat meal which is also referred to as “Melaveh Malka” (meal escorting out the Shabbat Queen)?
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 by folding the page, can he do this on Shabbat?
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 this commandment (and the scribe needs money)? Or should the scribe not do anything for them?
Q & A - Can I Smoke Dope?
According to Jewish law, is one allowed to smoke drugs?
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 everyone?
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 a humane way towards the weak and the downtrodden. How does this philosophy fit with the laws concerning slaves?
10 Facts About Shatnez
What is the reason for the prohibition of Shatnez? What is the source of the name? What is the obstacle to keeping it? What reward awaits those who are careful with keeping Shatnez?
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 Judaism's approach to smoking
Vowing to give Charity
Is it permissible to vow to give a donation to a charitable cause?
Charity - Mental Commitments
When is a person required to fulfill any mental commitments made to give 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 necessary before giving him charity, but in any other situation we are required to check the eligibility of the recipient before giving him
What should be done in a situation where one has committed to giving charity to a certain cause, and it turns out that the money is no longer needed?
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 many requests for help and the giver feels he’s doing the recipient a favor, when in fact this is not a favor, nor a custom nor a nice idea – it’s a full-blown Torah mitzvah
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 of Shabbat and Yom Tov?
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 period, we must wash large amounts of linen for our customers, as part of our service. Am I allowed to do this?