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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

May a Husband Give His Wife Supportive Touch During Childbirth?  – Part 1

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 19, 2018

QUESTION:  I am nine months pregnant, and my husband and I have been doing Lamaze classes to prepare for the birth of our baby.  Part of the Lamaze method includes pressure massage and massage of the abdomen.  I have been told, though, that it is forbidden by halakhah for my husband to do this because I will be in niddah at that time. …

May My Toddler Drink Milk When She is Eating Meat or Is Treif Food Bad For Your Soul?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 12, 2018

QUESTION:  My daughter recently turned one year old.  For children of her age, it is recommended that they consume 16 ounces of whole milk a day.  It is hard to get my daughter to drink milk when she is not eating. …

Midnight Approaches and I haven’t Eaten the Afikomen

Kyra Young (Posted on March 28, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

This teshuvah is the fifth in a new series of teshuvot related to the yamim tovim. Each teshuvah is introduced with a small biography of the author, and teshuvot are chosen to reflect a diverse range of halakhic approaches featuring pre-modern and modern poskim from different geographical areas.…

May Kohanim Become Doctors – Part 2

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 22, 2018

Two weeks ago we began to explore the question of whether kohanim may become doctors according to halakhah.   We noted that three halakhic arguments could be advanced to question the applicability of this prohibition to the case at hand: (1) Kohanim nowadays are only presumed (hazakha) to be kohanim and might only have the status of doubtful (safek) kohanim; (2) If we are all presumed to be tamei nowadays, then, according to Ra’avad, kohanim do not violate a Biblical prohibition by becoming tamei again by a corpse; (3) According to Yereim, it is not a violation for kohanim to become tamei by the corpse of a non-Jew. …

May A Single Man Fulfill The Mitzvah Of Pru U’rvu (procreation)?

Amy Pollak (Posted on March 11, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

To read this teshuva in hebrew click here: Introduction Until the last generation, marriage and reproduction always went together. The only legitimate way of producing children was in the framework of marriage since non-marital sexual relationships are halakhically forbidden or, minimally, strongly discouraged.[1] In our generation, technologies have evolved that enable reproduction outside the context of marriage that do not cross these lines.…

May a Kohen Become a Doctor?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 8, 2018

This Shabbat we read Parashat Parah to remind us of the preparations that were necessary to undergo in order to be able to bring the korban pesah.  While it is hard for us nowadays to relate to the laws of corpse-impurity detailed in the maftir section, there is one case where these details really matter. …

May A Single Man Fulfill The Mitzvah Of Pru U’rvu (procreation)? (Hebrew)

Amy Pollak (Posted on March 8, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The “Can We Really Do THAT?” Episode Part 2- Joy of Text 3:1

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 6, 2018

Which sexual acts are permitted in a marriage? The answers might surprise you! Find out why co-host Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus calls this one of “the most important episodes” of the podcast. Plus we interview the creator of the hit YouTube series SOON BY YOU, Leah Gottfried, about the challenges of dating as an Orthodox Jew, and we introduce a new take on the Final Word.…

Reading the Megillah in English

Kyra Young (Posted on February 26, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Meir Ben Zion Hai Uziel (1880-1953) was the Rishon Li’tziyyon (Sephardi Chief Rabbi) at the time of the founding of the State of Israel. He served as Chief Rabbi of Salonica, a major Jewish community pre- World War II, and of Tel Aviv.…

Donating to Shul Building Funds with Ma’aser Kesafim Money

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 15, 2018

Can I use my ma’aser kesafim, tithes from my income, to contribute to my synagogue’s building campaign, and can I use it to pay my shul’s membership dues? Giving money to the building of a house of God is the theme of this week’s parasha: Speak to the Children of Israel, and they that bring me an offering (terumah); from every person whose heart moves him to give, you shall take My offering (Ex.…

Meat and Milk Mix-Ups

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 8, 2018

Sally added tomato sauce to a milkhig soup, and then discovered that the tomato sauce did not have a hekhsher and contained meat! She called the company and found out that the meat content was approximately 5%. She knows that she has to kasher her pot, but she wants to know if she has to throw out the soup or can she give it to her doorman?…

Honoring an Abusive Parent?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 1, 2018

Must a Person Honor and Mourn for an Abusive Parent? The short answer is “no.”  One of the core principles in halakha when it comes to our obligation to others is hayekha kodmin, meaning our first ethical obligation is to ourselves.  …