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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

On the Origin of Species September 29, 2022 Q I cultivate aravos and other shrubs indoors in planters. Are the aravos kosher for arba’ah minim, and are the branches of those shrubs usable as schach in a sukkah? A The…

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Bais HaVaad on the Parsha, Parshas Vayeilech

Dead Tzenter Excerpted and adapted from a shiur by Rav Yehoshua Sova September 29, 2022    For I know that after my death you will surely become corrupted and deviate from the way that I commanded you, and the evil…

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The Royal Treatment: How Must We Act Toward Kings?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman September 29, 2022 In our previous article, we noted Chazal’s exhortation to act with respect toward kings—even, according to some, wicked ones. Elsewhere the Gemara indicates that there is a Torah imperative…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

  Seamus O’Braille Q May I discard an old siddur written in Braille, or must it be put in sheimos? A The Torah warns (Devarim 12:4), “Lo sa’asun kein lashem elokeichem” (Do not do so to Hashem your G-d). This…

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Gravely Off Course: Will Donald Trump the Taxman?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman September 15, 2022 Business Insider reports: The location of Ivana Trump’s grave—near the first hole of the golf course at Trump National Golf Club—may have tax implications for the business owned by…

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Q&A from the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Family Court September 15, 2022 Q May the bais din for pruzbul include dayanim who are related one to another, or related to the lender or borrowers? A We noted recently in this forum that Sephardim follow the Shulchan Aruch…

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