Question: Can one fulfill the mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer via shome’a k’oneh (listening to someone else say the necessary words without saying anything oneself)?
Hillel’s Innovation ‘The Second Month Of Solomon’s Rule’ (Rosh Hashanah 2b)
Sometimes, we even force people not to act this way but to let others benefit.
Question: Is it permissible for kohanim to bless Jews outside the context of Birkat Kohanim?
A Woman’s Oneg Yom Tov ‘You Shall Call The Shabbos A Delight’ (Beitzah 34b)
He flipped through the pages, looking for some identification. "Absolutely no marks; it's brand new," Yosef said. "Since there are no identifying marks, the item is hefker [ownerless] and can be taken; I'm taking it for myself."
Altered States ‘Examining A Bechor Is Not The Same’ (Beizah 27a)
"I just picked up a case of tuna at the supermarket up the block, three for $2," Mrs. Cooper said. "You may want to buy the tuna there."
Because the Torah requires one to count “seven complete weeks” one should count at the beginning of the day, which in Jewish law begins on the preceding night.
Question: Is the name Basha a derivative or nickname of another name?
"I'll try to help as we can," said Mr. Goodman, "but we already made a special appeal this year. Let me see what other funds we have. I'll be in touch with you in a day or two."
Reckoning Time ‘Three Festivals, Even Out Of Order’ (Beizah 19b)
A few background principles regarding the prohibitions of chametz mixtures on Pesach may provide some shopping guidance.
Rabbi David Bar-Hayim argues it is time for Ashkenazim to abandon the prohibition against Kitnyot. What do you think?
"Why is that?" asked Rabbi Brenner. "What happened to the rule of hamotzi meichaveiro alav hareaya (the burden of the proof is on the plaintiff)?"
Belaboring The Point ‘Since It Is Permitted When Necessary, It Is Permitted Even When Not Necessary’ (Beitzah 12a)
Question: Have any “right wing” gedolei yisrael discussed the positive religious nature of Medinat Yisrael?
A Consequence Of Our Exile ‘Guard The Custom Of Your Forefathers’ (Beizah 4b)
"People who want to donate will give anyway," said Mr. Bodner. "Why can't I also gain from distributing the photo?"
Question: Why do Jews eat fish on Shabbat?