Taking The Law Into One’s Own Hands (Siman 75:13) – Continued from last week

In this case, if the defendant had wanted to lie, he could have – instead of admitting he snatched it and explaining that it was stolen from him – simply denied that he snatched it altogether.

Verbal Stipulation

Chaim had an old car that he would regularly rent to the fellows of his kollel for a nominal fee. Moshe asked if he could use the car for the afternoon to do a couple of shopping errands. "With pleasure," Chaim said. "However, before you take the car, I'd like you to read this statement of terms."

Daf Yomi

Permission Granted? ‘Lo Yachlifenu B’Shel Acheirim…’ (Temurah 9)

Daf Yomi

No Cell Phones, Please! ‘A Kerchief Designated For Storing Tefillin’ (Berachos 23)

Outstanding Loan

"What is the problem, then?" asked Mrs. Rhein. "We can pay $5,000; the payment from the summer and what we owe for now."

With The Congregation Or After?

Question: When a person has an aliyah, should he recite the phrase “Baruch Hashem ha’mevorach l’olam va’ed” together with the congregation or should he wait for the congregation to conclude and then recite this phrase by himself?

Is It Proper…? In an ideal Torah society, should a yeshiva dinner have separate...

In an ideal Torah society, should a yeshiva dinner have separate or mixed seating?

Daf Yomi

What About Ma’ariv? ‘The Bridegroom Is Exempt From Kerias Shema’ (Berachos 16a)

Can The Court Can Initiate Questions Leading To Judgment Against A Litigant? (Siman...

Before the Torah obliges a defendant to take the Modeh Bemiktzat oath of partial admission, the defendant must admit at least one perutah of the claim and deny two maot.

Virtual Acquisition

Must I give the produce itself or can I just give equivalent money to tzedakah instead?

Wakeup Call (Midot 1:9)

At about 4 a.m. on cold and damp autumn mornings in London, Dad would try to wake us in time for Selichot, the pre-Jewish New Year dawn prayers. As we heard Dad’s footsteps mounting the stairs, my brother and I would hide under our covers and mutter our displeasure at being disturbed.

Can One Take In Shavuot Early?

The practice to wait until tzeit ha'kochavim has no basis in Chazal or Rishonim.

Daf Yomi

A Year And A Day ‘Hashem...Completes The Years Of The Righteous’ (Kiddushin 38a)

Forced Sale

Hillel felt the counselors and camp administration did not have sufficient authority to deal with Bernie. Reluctantly, he agreed to sell the bat to Bernie for $200.

Three-Month Loan

"So there's no way to lend past the shemittah year?" asked Eli.

Stop the Prayers!

Having trouble understanding what decorum should be in shul? Go watch (from without) services at the local church or Reform temple, where you can see how actual respect for a sanctuary is manifested.

A Song For The Future

Question: The Midrash notes that the song the Jews sang after they crossed the Red Sea (“Az Yashir”) was unique; its likes had never been heard before in the world. Our Sages even refer to it as a shirah chadashah, a “new song.” What made “Az Yashir” so unique and in what sense was it a “new song”?

Is A Ketubah An Enforceable Contract In American Courts?

Indeed, there are several reasons that a ketubah should not be enforced in New York – or anywhere in America – beyond those which the court mentioned.

Daf Yomi

D’tzach, Adash, B’Achav ‘Everyone Is Qualified To Judge’ (Sanhedrin 36b)

Daf Yomi

Lost In Translation ‘A Shesua Is A Creature…’ (Niddah 24a)

Is It Proper…? Should one dress up for a shiur on Zoom if no...

Should one dress up for a shiur on Zoom if no one can see anything more than your face and top of your shirt?

The Ball Over The Wall

Mr. Marx was relaxing in his garden Sunday afternoon, savoring the remaining days of sunshine. At least he was trying to relax. From over the wall of his garden came the steady thump, thump and shouting of the local teenage boys playing basketball in the neighbor's back yard.

Is It Proper…? – Is There Anything Wrong With a Frum Jewish Man Looking...

Is It Proper…? – Is There Anything Wrong With a Frum Jewish Man Looking Super Stylish?

Eruvei Techumin, Ships, Planes And Mashiach

“On Shabbat, every person must remain in his residence,” said Moshe to the people, forbidding them to walk more than a certain distance beyond their desert encampment. This distance, which measures two thousand amot – about two thirds of a mile – is known as techum Shabbat. It is the same distance that stretched from the perimeters of the Levite cities to their outlying suburbs.

Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin And Eggs

Why is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, so different from other Jewish holidays? On the face of it, it does not seem to follow any pattern. It is celebrated for two days, not only in the Diaspora but also in Israel. Yet the Sages refer to the two days of Rosh Hashanah as one long day – yoma arichta.

Dividing Wall

"If we share the wall, that means half is mine and half is yours," said Mr. Hauser. "At most, you can prop the beams on your half of the wall, but not on my half!"

Old Receipts

Throughout the summer, Sara would keep the receipts of her expenses in a pencil case and submit them at the end of each week for cash reimbursement.

‘Deny!’

Usually the parties reach a settlement agreement in the end or the dayanim rule a compromise.

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