Borrowing In Dollars, Repaying In Shekels

He deeply appreciated it but said to his wife that borrowing dollars and returning shekels might be a violation of the laws of ribbis.

Keeping The Flame Alive

Torah was given amidst smoke and fire to teach us that forever we must keep the passion, the flame burning within alive.

Daf Yomi

Chapter And Verse? ‘Has The Time For Slaughter Arrived?’ (Yoma 28a)

Is It Proper…? Should a person who desperately wants to make aliyah do so...

Should a person who desperately wants to make aliyah do so even if his or her parents object?

Daf Yomi

Of Kings And Scholars ‘He Forgave the Honor Due Him’ (Yoma 22b)

Are You Believed?

I’m not sure if you should ask for it back, but if you do, I wonder if halachically you would be believed that it’s yours, Mr. Schnall replied.

Is It Proper…? When visiting a shiva house, is it appropriate to repeat divrei...

When visiting a shiva house, is it appropriate to repeat divrei Torah that seek to explain tragedy or death?

Who Keeps The Desk?

Since the computer desk and eating table are different items, one of you should set a price on either one, separately, and the other can buy or sell at that price.

Daf Yomi

Which Way? ‘All One’s Turns Shall Be To The Right’ (Yoma 15b)

Is It Proper…? Should one take sides in a family fight? If yes, under...

Should one take sides in a family fight? If yes, under what circumstances?

To Whom Should He Sell His House?

A person who doesn’t uphold his verbal commitments is termed untrustworthy – ‘mechusar amana’ – and the Sages are not pleased with him.

Daf Yomi

Removing Mezuzos When The Lease Is Up ‘For Therein Was A Residence For The High Priest’ (Yoma 10a)

Is It Proper…? Some people insist that Hebrew and Lashon HaKodesh are two different...

Some people insist that Hebrew and Lashon HaKodesh are two different languages. Is the assertion correct and is the motivation behind making this assertion commendable?

Daf Yomi

Giving Tzedakah At Night ‘Rabbi Chinena’s Mitzvah Performance’ (Shekalim 22a)

Daf Yomi

A Cake Walk ‘Through It the Water Trickled Out’ (Shekalim 17a)

Daf Yomi

Pristine Exemplar ‘Let Him Fill His Mouth With Water’ (Shekalim 9a)

Can A Store Sell Chametz This Friday?

Chametz this year has to be sold on Friday since Chazal prohibited transactions on Shabbos, and some say that you can’t even sell on Friday with the stipulation that the sale take effect on Shabbos.

Should One Eat Seudah Shlishit This Erev Pesach?

Rabbeinu Tam has an ingenious solution for how to have Seudah Shlishit on Erev Pesach: eat matzah ashirah [egg matzah].

Is It Proper…? Is it appropriate to introduce “gimmicks” at the Seder (like 10...

Is it appropriate to introduce “gimmicks” at the Seder (like 10 toys for the 10 makos) in an effort to make it more fun for children? Or should the Seder be more dignified and formal?

Daf Yomi

In Our Days ‘We Do Not Seize a Surety From Children’ (Shekalim 3b)

When Does One Give Maaser From Stock Gains?

Although yearly statements may show gains, there is no obligation to give maaser until shares are redeemed.

‘Shmurah Matzah’: For the Seder or All of Pesach?

The Shulchan Aruch does not even mention the opinion of the Rif and Rambam and states explicitly that the requirement of guarding applies only to the matzah used for the Seder.

Daf Yomi

A Case Of Mistaken Identity ‘And Two Cooked Foods’ (Pesachim 114a)

Who Pays For A Leaky Porch?

The Gemara [Bava Metzia 117a] discusses a tenant who washes his hand with the water that leaks on a tenant below him.

Is It Proper…? In looking up a pasuk online, the first result one gets...

In looking up a pasuk online, the first result one gets is usually the King James translation or another Christian translation. Can one use this translation if the pasuk isn’t Isaiah 53:5 or something similar?

Daf Yomi

An Expression Unique In Shas ‘I Am Neither Wise…’ (Pesachim 105b)

Finding Light – Choosing Hope

We are a nation of miracles. We have traveled through the four corners of this earth. We have gone through every type of persecution. We were told that we would be vanquished, thrown into the sea.

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