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Ma’aser Maftir

9 Tishri 5775 – October 2, 2014
Mr. Fisher contacted Rabbi Dayan. "Am I allowed to use money of ma'aser kesafim to pay the shul for an aliyah that I bought?" he asked.

Shabbat, Shabbat Shabbaton

In addition to Yom Kippur, there is at least one other instance when a person may fast on Shabbat – the case of a ta’anit chalom, in which a person wishes to fast to prevent an ominous dream from becoming reality.

May One Wear Crocs on Yom Kippur?

8 Tishri 5775 – October 1, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, the Talmud never explicitly limits the ban on footwear to leather shoes.

King In Search Of Crown

29 Elul 5774 – September 23, 2014
We must eat, sleep, work, and care for our dependants. How much time is left over after all that?

Daf Yomi

Chatzitzah And Its Applications ‘Greater Stringency Applies To Hallowed Things…’ (Chagiga 20b-21a)

Communal Eruv Tavshilin

Rabbi Dayan took a challah and some cooked eggs. He then called over his 15-year-old son, Aharon. "Could you please ask your friend Chaim from next door to come over and help me with the eruv tavshilin?"

Daf Yomi

A Role Reversal ‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’ (Chagigah 15a)

Rental Remainders

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

Celebration, Serenity, And Mourning Part II (Moed Katan)

17 Elul 5774 – September 11, 2014
If mourning is incompatible with Yom Tov, why is it not incompatible with Shabbat?

Daf Yomi

An Astonishing Miracle ‘Why Bring the Infants to Hakhel?’ (Chagigah 3a)

Rooftop Blessing

"Tony said that the code in most places in the U.S. is at least 36 inches for a residential guardrail," replied Mr. Braun. "Some make it higher, 42, or even 52 inches for high porches. What is the required height according to halacha?"

Celebration, Serenity, And Mourning (Moed Katan 19a)

10 Elul 5774 – September 4, 2014
Why does Yom Tov cut short shiva and shloshim?

Daf Yomi

A Blast At A Funeral? “R. Hamnuna Came To Daramutha…” (Moed Kattan 27b)

Playing It Safe

"The Torah states in Parshat Ki-Teitzei: 'If you build a new house, you shall make a fence for your roof. I think it's your responsibility."

Daf Yomi

Untimely News ‘A Mourner Is Forbidden To Wear Shoes…’ (Mo’ed Katan 20b)

Rental Disagreement

On Friday afternoon, Dov called Kalman. "Please make sure to return the keys for the car on Motzaei Shabbos," he said. "We have a bris on Sunday morning and we're all going. We also need the roof luggage bag."

Chol HaMoed: An Oxymoron

On Chol HaMoed some work is prohibited and some is permitted. According to some opinions, the work prohibition is biblical; according to others, it’s rabbinical.

Daf Yomi

Discretion ‘Vendors Of Fruits And Clothing…May Sell In Private’ (Mo’ed Katan 13b)

Preliminary Pruzbul

"We're leining now, and shouldn't be talking," Mr. Silver gently quieted his son. "At the Shabbos table we can discuss it at length."

Identical Copy

19 Av 5774 – August 14, 2014
"Guess what?" Benzion exclaimed when he returned home. "I just won an identical Mishnah Berurah in the avos u'banim raffle."

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