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Shabbat - How to Warm Food and Use Electricity
What kind of food can be warmed up on Shabbat? Is it permissible to ask a non-Jew do work for you on Shabbat? What is the most important rule to remember on Shabbat? In this lesson Rabbi Lauffer summarizes essential laws concerning Shabbat
Pesach - The Laws of Yom Tov
How can you make a public domain into a privet domain? Is it permissible to cook on a Yom Tov? What is the difference between Yom Tov & Shabbat? On Shabbat, we are required to honor the day and enjoy it, whereas on Yom Tov we also celebrate the day with joy, as the Torah says, “And you shall rejoice in your festival . . . and you shall only be happy". Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the laws and customs of Yom Tov and Passover
Pesach - The Four Cups of Wine
Is it necessary to use red wine on Passover? What is the volume of wine necessary for the four cups of wine? Why do we drink wine on Passover? What are the commandments of Passover eve? Rabbi Lauffer discusses the significance of drinking the four cups of wine and how to celebrate our freedom from Egyptian bondage
Pesach - Eating Matzah - Part 2
What is the amount of matzah that should be eaten on Passover? What is the definition of exile? What is the significance of eating lettuce with matzah? Rabbi Lauffer elaborates further on the laws regarding eating matzah
Pesach - Eating Matzah - Part 1
Who is obliged to eat matzah on Passover? What types of matzah may be used on Passover? Why is matzah called poor man's bread? The holiday of Passover has a complex set of rules regarding what may be eaten, when to eat it, how much must be eaten and who must fulfill this obligation. Rabbi Lauffer expounds on the laws regarding eating matzah
Barkat: Court Ruling Against Amona Also Applies to Arab Squatters in Jerusalem
The Jerusalem mayor says that if the ruling against Amona is upheld, he will also have to vacate Arabs squatting on Jewish land. “One law for Jews and Arabs”
Interesting Questions on Sukkot
Is it permitted to eat on Sukkot outside of a sukkah? Can one transfer from one fire to another during the holiday? To what degree should one avoid work on chol hamoed?
The Guidebook to the Laws of Sukkot
How does one build a sukkah? What is and what isn’t considered acceptable schach? Who is and who isn’t obligated to fulfill the commandment of sukkah? What should one do if one sits down to eat in a sukkah and rain begins to fall? Is it permitted to wash dishes in a sukkah? Can one smoke in it? Here is the concise Guidebook to the Laws of Sukkot, based on the Yalkut Yosef.
Questions and Answers About Yom Kippur
Hello. I work for a security company. Since we have to work 24 hours around the clock because of the need for security, we have to work on festivals and Shabbat too. I read in some place that it is permitted to make a wage on Shabbat if the wage covers work time besides Shabbat. I want to know what’s the situation concerning Yom Kippur. Can I work on Yom Kippur according to Jewish law if it’s a matter of security and safety?
Steven Hill, Orthodox Jewish ‘Law & Order’ Actor, Dies at 94
He sacrificed numerous career opportunities in order to observe Shabbat. Despite his determined allegiance to Torah, he still managed to carve out a long and prestigious career on screen.
Did Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels Have a Jewish Father-in-Law?
Magda Goebbels claimed to be born to her mother’s first husband, but evidence was found that she born to her second Jewish husband.
Shocking Video: Candies Without Kashrut Certification May Contain Pig!
If you buy candies in the market without kashrut certification because “What can there already be in a candy?!”, guess what you may be putting in your mouth. This video in reverse from abroad documents what goes into a simple candy. Distribute the link to this video to as many people as you can so they won’t ever make this mistake.
Sefer Torah in a Preschool
Dear Rabbi, I'm a teacher in a preschool and need an answer on this halachick question: Can children in a preschool be given a sefer Torah (Torah scroll) to kiss if they haven’t washed their hands? Does the chazzan have to wash his hands before praying (touching a siddur [prayer book])? Do all the children have to wash their hands before praying because they will be saying pesukim (holy verses)?
Following the Expected Custom
When is a business agreement considered final, obligating both sides to commit to the deal? In this episode Rabbi Cohen elaborates on practical obligations in Jewish monetary law
A Verbal Agreement in Jewish Monetary Law
When is a verbal agreement binding according to Jewish law? Can a Rabbinical Jewish Court enforce a verbal business agreement? Rabbi Shlomo Cohen in a fascinating new series on Jewish monetary law
A Thought in Jewish Monetary Law
If one made a conscious decision to sell a product for a specific price, may he still retract and raise the price? Is one obligated to give charity that he consciously decided to donate? Rabbi Cohen elaborates on more practical obligations in Jewish monetary law
Taking Possession in Jewish Monetary Law
Is payment binding in Jewish monetary law, or must a written contract be signed? Rabbi Cohen expounds on more practical obligations in Jewish monetary law
Washing Hands - Part 1
How are we supposed to wash our hands? Is it necessary to take off jewelry before washing our hands? What is the minimum amount water one can use for washing hands? Rabbi Lauffer explains how the ritual of washing hands has nothing to do with physical cleanliness. On hygienic grounds, the hands are obviously meant to be clean of dirt before food is eaten. Even when the hands are physically clean they still require a ritual wash