Today is September 24, 2020 / /

The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Lifecycle Events

Honoring an Abusive Parent?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted 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.  …

Saying Kaddish for a non-Jewish Parent

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 25, 2018

May a Jew by choice sit shivah and say kaddish for their non-Jewish parent? To answer this question we must address two issues: (1) What is halakhah’s view of the parent-child relationship in these cases? The gemara states, “A person who converts is like a newborn infant,” (Yevamot 22a).…

May a Woman Be a Mohelet?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on January 4, 2018

May a woman be a mohelet? Although women are not circumcised, they are members of the covenant that the Jewish people, have with God: “You stand this day all of you before the Lord your God.. all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the stranger that is in your camp… that you enter into covenant with the Lord your God…” (Deut.…

Eating the Placenta: A Halakhic Option?

May a Woman Recite Birkat Eirusin?

Can A Woman Be A Sandak?

The Parameters of Rabbinic Participation in Conversions

Mikveh During Aveilut

Harchakot During Aveilut

Questions About Brit Milah: Donor Sperm and Shabbat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 23, 2009

In studying brit milah, an interesting question arises in regards to a son who was conceived by artificial insemination by the husband. Before, we addressed the brakha of “li’hakniso b’vrito shel Avraham Avinu” that is made by the father of the son.…

Is a Father Obligated to Perform His Son’s Brit Milah?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on October 16, 2009

In discussing the nature of the father’s obligation to give his son a bris, we encounter a question: is the father obligated to perform the bris himself (if possible), or only to take the responsibility to make sure that the bris is performed?…