Halakha

PM approves public gender separation in coalition agreements

PM approves public gender separation in coalition agreements

Before Knesset disbanded, haredi demand was accepted to abolish prohibition on segregation between women and men in public places.Mordechai Sones, 6/3/2019, 9:06 PM
What's wrong with a Torah state, MK Liberman?

What's wrong with a Torah state, MK Liberman?

500 million shekels are going to be burnt on the altar of Liberman's ego. The current political system in Israel simply doesn’t work.   Tzvi Fishman, 5/31/2019, 3:58 PM
Vaccination is  Pikuach Nefesh

Vaccination is Pikuach Nefesh

I plead that every anti-vaxxer read this critically important pikuach nefesh article.Rabbi.Dr. Aaron Glatt, 4/11/2019, 10:51 AM
What does Jewish law say about Shabbat rescue?

What does Jewish law say about Shabbat rescue?

What does Halakha say about Shabbat rescue? Obligatory or only praiseworthy? What to do on Sabbath knowing missing one is no longer alive?Mordechai Sones, 3/5/2019, 5:16 PM
Abortion, killing, murder, tearing limbs, and personal responsibility

Abortion, killing, murder, tearing limbs, and personal responsibility

The word “abortion” is very sterile and gentle. It is a term like a “procedure.”  What does an abortion actually entail? Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 2/10/2019, 11:48 AM
The correct blessing for sushi

The correct blessing for sushi

The issue is one of which brachah (blessing) to make on composite foods when one of the 5 grains is an ingredient. Halakha Hotline, 11/21/2018, 6:48 AM
Haredi bureau chief declines handshake with Prince

Haredi bureau chief declines handshake with Prince

During Prince's visit to Pres Residence, haredi bureau chief politely declines handshake for halakhic reasons, bowing slightly instead.Mordechai Sones, 6/26/2018, 10:44 PM
Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Tzni'us, the Jewish ethos of modesty, has been under intense discussion recently. Do we need the traditional manifestations of established tzni'us or should we apply a general definition without them?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 5/7/2018, 4:26 PM
The "shul" I won't  attend

The "shul" I won't attend

Why not? Because I may not. The Orthodox Union name on food is a guarantee that it is kosher. Not so with synagogues. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 1/23/2018, 6:26 AM
A shul that calls itself Orthodox cannot violate the Torah

A shul that calls itself Orthodox cannot violate the Torah

When a synagogue congratulates a gay couple, in essence they are saying that current humanistic values are more ethical than God’s law.  Harry Maryles, 12/5/2017, 6:59 AM
Hundreds of youth at seminar in memory of Rabbi Shagar

Hundreds of youth at seminar in memory of Rabbi Shagar

Many Anglos have not heard of the brilliant, original thinker who reconciled postmodernity and strict halakhic observance. They soon will.Rochel Sylvetsky, 6/19/2017, 10:20 PM
Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

Hard to believe but a recently-ordained YCT graduate has written an artilce positing that Judaism's opposition to intermarriage needs to be overhauled. Opinion.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 6/18/2017, 7:29 AM
'Do not issue stringent rulings that may drive people away'

'Do not issue stringent rulings that may drive people away'

Rishon LeZion calls upon Rabbis to exercise halakhic discretion, take into account that unwarranted stringency repels people.Mordechai Sones, 6/5/2017, 9:46 PM
Gay challenge from a Torah perspective

Gay challenge from a Torah perspective

A conference for rabbis dealing with LGBT issues is taking place in Jerusalem. 'We need to see why Hashem assigned us this challenge.'Hezki Baruch, 4/18/2017, 1:18 PM
Rabbinate to allow mikveh without attendant

Rabbinate to allow mikveh without attendant

In major decision, Rabbinate ends 3-year saga by allowing women to immerse without attendant.Shai Landesman, 6/22/2016, 2:49 PM
Katz Award registration opens

Katz Award registration opens

Four winners who contribute to the application of Halakha in modern Jewish life will receive $25,000.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/17/2016, 11:01 PM
Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes Us

Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes Us

Batei Din offer a harsh review of the film 'Gett', which they compare to the libelous 'Jenin, Jenin.'Gil Ronen, 3/4/2015, 1:08 PM
Hundreds Attend Halakhic Conference in Jerusalem

Hundreds Attend Halakhic Conference in Jerusalem

Hundreds attend annual Halakhic conference in Jerusalem; 'Jewish law requires special conduct in all aspects of public life.'Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Cynthia Blank, 12/25/2014, 11:47 AM
Halakhic-Medical Expert Rabbi David Feldman Passes

Halakhic-Medical Expert Rabbi David Feldman Passes

Rabbi Feldman of New Jersey, 'one of the pioneers in medicine and halakha in our generation,' passes away at 85.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/2/2014, 9:59 PM
How Do the Sick and Pregnant Observe Yom Kippur?

How Do the Sick and Pregnant Observe Yom Kippur?

Chief Rabbi Lau explains the ins and outs of the Day of Atonement fast, regarding who can eat and how.Orli Harari, Ari Yashar, 10/3/2014, 9:09 AM
How to Observe Shabbat Under Rocket Fire

How to Observe Shabbat Under Rocket Fire

Chief Rabbi Lau releases guidelines to help know what is and isn't permissible on Shabbat under threat of Gaza rockets.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 7/11/2014, 3:44 PM
A Halachic Guide to Yom Kippur

A Halachic Guide to Yom Kippur

Rabbi Baruch Efrati offers a halachic overview of the laws of Judaism's holiest day.Arutz Sheva, 9/13/2013, 1:04 PM
"Religious-Zionists More Suitable for Chief Rabbi"

"Religious-Zionists More Suitable for Chief Rabbi"

Former IDF rabbi explains why religious-Zionist rabbis are better suited to make important Jewish legal rulings.Maayana Miskin, 7/24/2013, 1:42 PM
Writing Responsa Online: Benefits and Pitfalls

Writing Responsa Online: Benefits and Pitfalls

Rabbis and teachers who answer questions on Jewish law on the Internet gathered to discuss their work and the challenges they face.Yoni Kempinski, 2/11/2013, 9:01 AM
Preventing Future Prisoner Deals

Preventing Future Prisoner Deals

If an enemy of Israel takes a hostage, we must go to battle for him, otherwise they will step-up their efforts to strike at us. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/29/2011, 7:56 PM
Israeli Judges 'Look Down' on Jewish Civil Law?

Israeli Judges 'Look Down' on Jewish Civil Law?

Dr. Aviad Hacohen found that many Israeli judges look down on the use of Jewish law. His college offers an alternative.Elad Benari, 8/15/2011, 1:14 AM
Circumcision Ban? Not so Fast

Circumcision Ban? Not so Fast

Superior Court Judge Giorgi puts a spoke in the wheel of the San Francisco anti-circumcision proposal.David Ben Yacov, 7/28/2011, 8:27 PM
Rabbi Melamed Publishes New Book

Rabbi Melamed Publishes New Book

Hundreds took part this week in the launching of two new volumes of the practical halakhic series Peninei Halachah by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed.Elad Benari, 2/11/2011, 5:07 AM
IDF Technology and Jewish Law

IDF Technology and Jewish Law

IDF Rabbinate and Technology Conference: Technological developments which solve problems that contradict religious observance during army serviceYoni Kempinski, 11/3/2010, 1:25 PM
IDF Unveils Shabbat Phone

IDF Unveils Shabbat Phone

The IDF rabbinate has developed a device that will allow soldiers to speak on the telephone without Shabbat desecration.Maayana Miskin, 7/3/2010, 9:38 PM
The Prohibition Against Smoking

The Prohibition Against Smoking

What does Jewish law have to say about smoking? Is it permissible or forbidden?Rabbi Eliezer Melammed, 6/25/2010, 9:53 AM
16-Year-Old May Not Marry

16-Year-Old May Not Marry

A court has turned down a request by two sets of parents who want their children to marry even though the prospective bride is not yet 17.Hillel Fendel, 7/8/2009, 11:26 AM