Rabbi Baruch Efrati

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May we say a Shehecheyanu or Hatov Vehameitiv blessing over Jonathan Pollard's homecoming?

May we say a Shehecheyanu or Hatov Vehameitiv blessing over Jonathan Pollard's homecoming?

Blessings include G-d's Name and therefore one cannot just recite them at will Does halakha allow blessing on this occasion? If so, which?Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 12/30/2020, 11:15 AM
Laws for the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet that falls on Friday (tomorrow)

Laws for the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet that falls on Friday (tomorrow)

The Tenth of Tevet that falls on a Friday means managing Shabbat preparations, services and fasting until Friday night Kiddush.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 12/24/2020, 11:00 PM
Laws for Yom Kippur 5781 during the covid pandemic

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.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 9/26/2020, 9:00 PM
Laws for Rosh Hashannah 5781 - Note: Zoom forbidden on holiday

Laws for Rosh Hashannah 5781 - Note: Zoom forbidden on holiday

A primer of halakhot for Rosh Hashannah 5781- when the first day falls on Shabbat - and when corona rules must be followed.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 9/16/2020, 10:42 AM
Laws of Tisha B'Av 2020

Laws of Tisha B'Av 2020

Includes halakhic parameters for fasting during the corona pandemic and for when the 9th of Av fast ends on Erev Shabbat.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 7/29/2020, 12:00 PM
No to the Reform Movement, yes to love for every Jew

No to the Reform Movement, yes to love for every Jew

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's meeting with a Reform "Rabba" elicited critical responses from many of Israel's Zionist rabbis, such as this one.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 6/18/2020, 3:43 PM
Beloved land, we will not betray you

Beloved land, we will not betray you

There are things that are simply not abrogated at any price: Torah, loyalty, love, one's spouse, famly, and Eretz Yisrael.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 6/9/2020, 9:49 AM
Rabbis and politicians

Rabbis and politicians

There is nothing gained when a rabbi chooses politics or politicians interfere in Torah matters - in fact, there is much to lose. Op-ed.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 5/15/2020, 8:07 AM
Connecting agriculture and history in the Land of Israel

Connecting agriculture and history in the Land of Israel

Are the three pilgrimage festivals agriculturally or historically based? The answer lies in the connection between the two.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 5/9/2020, 10:06 PM
13 Principles regarding gender disorientation groups

13 Principles regarding gender disorientation groups

Vulgar style and silencing dissenting opinions show more than anything else their spiritual inferiority.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 7/26/2018, 5:14 PM
Rabbis to Netanyahu: Protect the honor of Shabbat

Rabbis to Netanyahu: Protect the honor of Shabbat

Dozens of rabbis sign petition asking PM Netanyahu to protect sanctity of Shabbat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/16/2017, 8:46 PM
May a kosher-deluxe lulav from Gaza be used as first choice?

May a kosher-deluxe lulav from Gaza be used as first choice?

20,000 lulavs transferred from Gaza for sale in Israeli market. Does selling them encourage normal trade or support terror?Mordechai Sones, 10/3/2017, 8:18 PM