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Biden to Israeli religious singer Yuval Dayan: Thank you for being loyal to your faith

The US Ambassador told singer Yuval Dayan on behalf of the President: 'Thank you for your beautiful singing'.

Yuval, thank you for being loyal to your faithplayer

The controversy over Rabbi Feinstein's heter

​​​​​​​In the 1960’s, rabbis of Haredi Judaism ignited controversy against Rabbi Feinstein over his artificial insemination heter,

The controversy over Rabbi Feinstein's heter

'Biden wasn't offended' says singer who performed with Dayan

"Yuval told everyone she could beforehand that she couldn't shake hands. The President accepted it with understanding."

'Biden wasn't offended' says singer who performed with Dayanplayer

Rise from the dust!

From the book by Tzvi Glatt, young Torah Scholar from America who studied at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva.and was killed by terrorists in Hevron.

Rise from the dust!

Learning halakha

Understanding of one of the most central aspects of Jewish life has inspired me and my female colleagues to develop the “MidraIsha.”.

Learning halakha

Laws of Purim Demukafin (in walled cities) that falls on Friday

Laws pertaining to Purim Demukafin (Purim in walled cities) that, like this year, is on a Friday: For Sephardim and Ashkenazim.

Laws of Purim Demukafin (in walled cities) that falls on Friday

Political correctness and halakha

Being politically correct in its non-coercive aspects is very close to halakhic requirements for speech. Op-ed.

Political correctness and halakha

The flesh and sinews of Jewish law

The basic question is the problem of defining the behavior that we wish to accompany our lofty moral goals. Where is this to be found?

The flesh and sinews of Jewish law

Care of potted plants during Shmitta

There is a difference between indoor houseplants and those on a balcony; the halakha for those in hi-rise apartments sans a Shabbat elevator

Care of potted plants during Shmitta

Self-sacrifice for Torah

Where a deviation from the path of halakha may lead to the founding of an error, the truth must be asserted even at cost of self-sacrifice.

Self-sacrifice for Torah

Shmini Atzeret: The conclusion we’ve been waiting for

In Temple times there was a fascinating halakha relating to visitation to Jerusalem, one which has a message beyond its content.

Shmini Atzeret: The conclusion we’ve been waiting for

Laws for Yom Kippur 5782 during the covid pandemic

Summary of the laws that pertain to the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year with additions in light of the covid pandemic.

Laws for Yom Kippur 5782 during the covid pandemic

United Hatzalah hits back after poster claims religious 'transgression'

Eli Beer responds to pashkvillim decrying United Hatzalah as transgressing laws of modesty by training women EMTs.

United Hatzalah hits back after poster claims 'transgression'

The limits of alliance with Reform Jews

Alliance with Reform\Conservative Jews has limits, including not accepting conversions, marriages, and issues set out clearly in Halakha.

The limits of alliance with Reform Jews

Halakha: Bleeding caused by an IUD

Our Sages set a principle of leniency in determining the laws dealing with menstrual staining.

Halakha:  Bleeding caused by an IUD

A clarion call to the incoming Knesset of Israel

Recognizing our heritage and customs (Halakha) preserves the integrity and unity of the Jewish people of all levels of observance. Op-ed.

A clarion call to the incoming Knesset of Israel

How Orthodox thinkers evaluate proposed changes to Jewish Beliefs

We live in a time of moral change, but.secular morality is an illusion when seen through a historical perspective. Torah is eternal truth.

How Orthodox thinkers evaluate proposed changes to Jewish Belief

Do I or don’t I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Rabbis and rabbinical organizations are giving their advice. Some adamant everyone must, others just as adamant that no one should. Opinion

Do I or don’t I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Overruling a rabbi

What happens if a rabbi's halakhic decision is overturned by a rabbinical court?

Overruling a rabbi

'We've always granted everyone a dignified burial'

Former Chief IDF Rabbi Brigadier General (res) Yisrael Weiss: Burial of non-Jewish IDF KIA is no shame G-d forbid, originates in Halacha

'We've always granted everyone a dignified burial'

Do not be exceedingly righteous

When we rebel against rules on opening yeshivas during the pandemic, we insinuate that ours is a religion callous to medical dangers.

Do not be exceedingly righteous

The power of permission

The Torah is not a joy-killing mechanism, but a system meant to refine the joys of life and elevate then to a spiritual dimension.

The power of permission

Laws for Yom Kippur 5781 during the covid pandemic

Summary of the laws that pertain to the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year with additions in light of the covid pandemic.

Laws for Yom Kippur 5781 during the covid pandemic

The writing process and content of my new book “HaMasoret HaYehudit”

My book The Jewish Tradition is the result of deep pain at Jews distanced from their heritage, but also out of a strong sense of unity.

About my new book “HaMasoret HaYehudit”

The Media and Journalists in Halakha

Journalism unavoidably involves information prohibited by the the laws of lashon ha’ra, but in a democratic state its role is essential.

The Media and Journalists in Halakha

A Young Israel Rabbi weighs in: On Reform Judaism and Jewish Unity - Part 1‏

We have such chaos in US Jewish life due to the Reform Movement, that if you are in Israel, you cannot begin to fathom the calamity. Op-ed.

A YI Rabbi weighs in: Reform Judaism and Jewish Unity, Part 1‏

Netanyahu: Halakhic state? 'Pure and utter nonsense'

PM mocks Minister Smotrich's remarks on Jewish law in speech to 40 Democratic congressmen. “Some halakhic state. This is ridiculous.”

Netanyahu: Halakhic state? 'Pure and utter nonsense'player

'Freedom of speech does not belong to one side only'

United Right list backs Smotrich, blasting outcry over his latest comments on Jewish law in Israel. "Ugly silencing of the Left."

'Freedom of speech does not belong to one side only'player

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.

PM approves public gender separation in coalition agreements

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

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

Vaccination is Pikuach Nefesh

Vaccination is  Pikuach Nefesh

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?

What does Jewish law say about Shabbat rescue?

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

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

The correct blessing for sushi

The correct blessing for sushi

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.

Haredi bureau chief declines handshake with Princeplayer

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

The "shul" I won't attend

The "shul" I won't  attend

A shul that calls itself Orthodox cannot violate the Torah

A shul that calls itself Orthodox cannot violate the Torah

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.

Hundreds of youth at seminar in memory of Rabbi Shagar

Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?