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Rabbi Baruch Efrati

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When the Seder is on Friday night

How to manage a Seder on Shabbat - and a primer for the holiday.

When the  Seder is on Friday night

On the shockingly skewed LGBT survey sent to Efrat residents

Those with same-sex inclinations are loved as are all Jews, but this survey is a grave breach from the view of halakha and Jewish ethics.

On the shockingly skewed LGBT survey sent to Efrat residents

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

Rabbi - How should we relate to the people in the war zone in Ukraine?

As Torah-true Jews, should we ignore it or pray for those in the war zone, feel vindicated because of their history, or actively help them?

Rabbi: How should we relate to people in Ukraine's war zone?

Doritos have no home in the Jewish family

Pagan values, vaunted publicly, have made a comeback in Western culture, harming the Godly Jewish family, Doritos' ad is a blatant example..

Doritos have no home in the Jewish family

Choosing the path of faith and positivity

An illuminating talk on choosing one's way of life with Rabbi Baruch Efrati, head of the Derech Emunah organization of young Israeli rabbis.

Chossing the path of faith and positivity

Can ancient Jewish graves be moved to settle the Land of Israel?

When excavations for building in Eretz Yisrael reveal ancient Jewish burial areas, what is the permitted course of action?

Can ancient Jewish graves be moved to settle the Land of Israel?

Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Is cannabis considered a spice and does it have the status of cattle fodder - for shmitta purposes?

Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

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

Rabbi okays use of COVID tests on Sabbath, holidays

In halachic ruling, rabbi says it is permissible to use rapid home antigen COVID tests during the Sabbath and holidays.

Rabbi okays COVID testing on Sabbath, holidays

Laws for Rosh Hashannah 5782 (2021) -including corona issues

A primer for observing the year's New Year holiday Monday - Wednesday. May it be the harbinger of good things for Israel and the world..

Laws for Rosh Hashannah 5782 (2021) - with corona issues

When a child goes off the 'derech'

A mother writes: "My children's abandoning mitzva observance is eating me up inside. How do I get through this? What should I do, rabbi?"

When a child goes off the 'derech'

How to avoid tension at the Seder

Advice for parents worried about convincing children to take part in halakhically mandated parts of the Seder.

How to avoid tension at the Seder

Laws for Purim that falls on a Friday - for both Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews

When Purim falls on a Friday, the celebration entails details explained below - in Jerusalem and specific cities, it lasts for three days!

Laws for Purim that falls on a Friday- Ashkenazim and Sepharadim

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?

May we recite a blessing for Jonathan Pollard's homecoming?

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.

Laws for the Fast of the 10th of Tevet that falls on Friday

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

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.

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

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.

Laws of Tisha B'Av 2020

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.

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

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.

Beloved land, we will not betray you

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.

Rabbis and politicians

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.

Connecting agriculture and history in the Land of Israel

13 Principles regarding gender disorientation groups

Vulgar style and silencing dissenting opinions show more than anything else their spiritual inferiority.

13 Principles regarding gender disorientation groups

Rabbis to Netanyahu: Protect the honor of Shabbat

Dozens of rabbis sign petition asking PM Netanyahu to protect sanctity of Shabbat.

Rabbis to Netanyahu: Protect the honor of Shabbat

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?

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