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Hatzalah CEO, Linked to Met Council Scam, Steps Down

27 Tishri 5774 – September 30, 2013
The CEO of the (U.S.) Chevra Hatzalah ambulance service resigned amid allegations that he conspired with William Rapfogel, the ex-CEO of the Metropolitan Council...

The Uniqueness Of Modern Orthodoxy (Part III)

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
Question: What is unique about Modern Orthodoxy?

Support Of Sechach

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
Question: May one support kosher sechach in a sukkah by placing it on a davar she’mekabel tumah, an item that can receive impurity (i.e., metal)?

Standing And Sitting For Kiddush On Sukkot

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
Question: Should a person recite kiddush standing or sitting on Sukkot? If he stands, should he sit down after saying the berachah of leshev ba’sukkah or remain standing?

Music During The Nine Days (Part II)

7 Av 5772 – July 25, 2012
Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

Music During The Nine Days (Part I)

2 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

A Unique Iranian Custom

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
Question: It is known that some sephardim generally arrive at a simcha a few hours subsequent to the time noted on the invitation. Is there any logic behind this custom?

Tzitzit, Tefillin, And Women

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Question: Why don’t women wear tzitzit and tefillin?

An Almost Successful Baal Teshuvah

25 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
Question: Someone tried to observe Shabbat but could not hold out from violating its laws in the latter part of the day. Does he receive a reward for the amount of Shabbat he observed? Or is reward based on the principle of “all or nothing”? In other words, does Shabbat observance require a total commitment such that partial observance is comparable to not observing Shabbat altogether?

Celebrating A Bar Mitzvah

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Question: Why do we celebrate when a boy becomes bar mitzvah?

Seudah Shlishit Before Yom Tov

12 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
Question: Whenever a yom tov starts on Sunday (like this year), synagogues generally forego their Seudah Shlishit, eaten after Minchah on Shabbat. But why? If one is supposed to eat a third meal every Shabbos, why skip it if a yom tov starts that night?

Lighting Yom Tov Candles

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
Question: When should women light yom tov candles?

After The Amidah

12 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
Question: At the conclusion of the Amidah, should the chazzan say “Yiyu leratzon imrei fi… – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable before you, G-d, my Rock and Redeemer”?

A Silver Atarah On A Talit

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
Question: I have heard that some halachic authorities disapprove of placing a silver atarah on a talit. Is this true?

Praying For The Sick

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
Question: During Kriat HaTorah, many congregations recite a general prayer for ill people. What is the source of this custom? Also, in many congregations, instead of the gabbai announcing each name, all of the shul’s members are asked to silently say the name of the ill person to themselves while the gabbai remains quiet for several moments. Is this proper?

Coming To Shul To Think

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
Question: If a person has a number of personal concerns that need to be thought out and analyzed, can he go to shul to do this?

How Much Matzah?

14 Nisan 5772 – April 5, 2012
Question: How much matzah must one eat at the Pesach Seder?

Eating Matzah Before Pesach

6 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
Question: What is the basis of the custom to refrain from eating matzah for a period of time before Pesach?

Calculating The Day

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
Question: If someone passes away on one day but is buried the next day, when does the son stop saying Kaddish and when should he observe the yahrzeit – 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of death or 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of burial?

Requests Or Demands? (Part II)

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
Question: When we pray, are we requesting or demanding that God fulfill our wishes?

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