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In the first three years of a fruit tree’s life, its fruits are forbidden as Orlah (Lev. 19:23). Ramban (ad loc.) explains that the first fruits must be brought to the Temple in...

IS SECULAR MUSIC KOSHER?  I. EXTENT OF THE PROHIBITION  The Gemara (Gittin 7a) asks from where we learn that music is forbidden. The Gemara answers with a few possible verses, including “Do...

Since we recently experienced a significant snowfall, it is worthwhile to review some of the ideas of snow removal on Shabbos. First and foremost, people need to be careful. If...

I. The Problem of a Failed Sin We all fail at some point in our lives. Hopefully we can learn from those experiences and turn them into long-term successes. But what happens...

I. Burial Conflict A frequent question arises when a spouse remarries after a death. After 120 years, should the woman be buried next to her first husband or second husband (or third)?...

I. Maimonides and the Menorah The exact shape of the menorah that was used in the Temple is, to a degree, a matter of debate. In particular, the shape of the branches...

I. Whose Oil? Around 150 years ago, a Warsaw rabbi attempted to introduce a new chumra, a stringency regarding Chanukah lights. The reason for rejecting his proposal offers insight into the nature...

I. Changing Times We publicize the miracle of Chanukah each night of the holiday by lighting oil or candles at the beginning of the night. For how long must those lights...

Before leading bentching, the grace after meals, the leader typically requests permission from others more worthy to lead. The standard formula is: “With permission of our masters, our teachers and my teachers.“...

I. Teaching Torah Grandparents fulfill a unique mitzvah by teaching their descendants Torah. The Gemara (Kiddushin 30a) offers someone named Zevulun ben Dan as an example of the highest level of parental Torah...