ARE WOMEN OBLIGATED TO LISTEN TO PARASHAS ZACHOR?

The Torah instructs us to “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey out of Egypt, when they attacked you on the way, and you were tired and exhausted…. You must obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Do not forget!” (Devarim 25:17-19). According to Rambam (Melachim 5:5), this means that we have […]

BEIT HORA’AH -HOW DOES IT WORK?

Recently, the Beth Din launched a new initiative called “Beit Hora’ah”. Simply put, it is an offering whereby litigants can opt to have their dispute heard by one of the Dayanim, rather than the full bench of three. There would seem to be certain advantages to such a system. Firstly, it is easier to co-ordinate […]

WHY TWO TYPES OF TINNED TUNA?

That tinned tuna requires proper supervision is not surprising, but why would Kosher SA under the Hechsher of the Beth Din provide two options for tinned Tuna—the so-called “bishul Yisrael – mehadrin” line and “regular” tuna? What is the difference between the two options? In this article I will offer some background to the topic; […]

BUILDING ON SHABBOS

I just purchased a house in Glenhazel and am renovating prior to moving in. May the builders work on Shabbos? There is a prohibition on Shabbos of amira l’akum. This means one may not ask a non-Jew to do melocho (work) for a Jew on Shabbos. There are several reasons brought down by the commentators […]

IS A JEWISH WILL NECESSARY?

A brief introduction In the section that deals with the laws of inheritance, the Torah states (Bamidbar 27:8) that where there are sons and daughters, it is only the sons who inherit after the parents’ passing. Likewise, the wife, according to Torah law, would not be entitled to receive any of the inheritance from the […]