Tag: halacha

Hilchos Ice Bucket Challenge

by Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalonymous Eiswasser The so-called Ice Bucket Challenge or Nisayon D’li Kerach in halachic terms has brought the machle (illness) ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) to the attention of Jew and gentile alike. This time-honored minhag, referred to as…

New sefer on Hilchos Prison

With more and more Orthodox Jews going to prison these days (obviously it’s due to antisemitism and those who are moser) one has to wonder about the strange halachic conundrums that must come up. How does one know what time…

The 25 best Jewish loopholes

Look, if Judaism wasn’t full of tricks, shortcuts, and loopholes, I’m pretty sure that the religion would have died already. One of the reasons that Judaism has survived, is because you can pretty much find a way out of anything,…

Shabbos Toilet Paper

For the first time in my life I was assigned the task of cutting toilet paper for shabbos. In my modern orthodox youth we used tissues and it wasn’t until years later that I heard of cutting toilet paper on…

The Halachos of Halloween

I’m pretty sure that the only goyishe holiday celebrated en masse by Jews is Halloween, on Christmas we go to Chinese Food thereby not celebrating it, on Thanksgiving we push it off to shabbos, and sometime after Easter we buy…

Women of the Wall is a sham

Pretty much the entire Jewish world is talking about Women of the Wall, they have either desecrated one of the worlds holy sites or made it holy by standing up for women’s rights, but I’m not sure that either are…

What is the halachic way to wipe your butt?

Hi Heshy, I was reading https://www.frumsatire.net/2011/03/16/strange-orthodox-jewish-beliefs-and-customs/ which is amazing, and was wondering if you had any idea what the sources were, or where I could find out more on: the halachic way to wipe your butt. I swear there’s a good reason…

Gender Bending

Gender Bending by Chaya Miriam Fried I, like everyone else, pretended to be shocked when the halachic ruling was released today allowing select couples to choose the gender of their burgeoning babies with the help of a rav, of cour$e.…

Is Gambling Assur?

Is Gambling Assur? by Chaya Miriam Fried I’ve been told that there are quite a few ins and outs regarding the halachos of gambling. Most of them, though, deal with dice games. In Tractate Sanhedrin, dice gamers are called kubiustos…

Hilchos Christmas

Guest post by Eliyahu Fink Last week, a friend of mine asked his Facebook friends if Santa Claus was mechuyav to go to Church on Christmas. I answered “oisek b’mitzvah patur min hamitzvah”. That question and answer spawned an idea…