Articles by Rabbi Travis and his Kollel Students

Articles by Rabbi Travis and his Kollel Students

Shechitah of a Mumar

Shechitah of a Mumar Question: There was recently a case of a shochet who was found to be secretly frequenting non-kosher restaurants. The intent was to remove him from his position, but since he was considered a respected person in the community, effort was expended to keep the issue quiet. In the interim, he continued…

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More About Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo

More About Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo Question: I am writing to ask about the rov’s statements in this column to the effect that minhag Ashkenaz is only to say boruch hu uvoruch shemo during chazaras hashatz and not at other times. As a German Jew, I can attest that the minhag of many in my…

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In G-d We Trust

In G-d We Trust As Heard from Rav Doniel Lehrfeld, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Bais Yisroel Transcribed by Rabbi Daniel Travis Living in Fear Just the other day, I listened to the news at noon and heard that Arabs had attacked Jews. I went to daven Minchah, and when I came home, I was shocked…

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Anointing Hashem on Rosh Hashanah

Anointing Hashem on Rosh Hashanah As Heard from Rav Don Segal Transcribed by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis Strengthening Malchus We are standing a few days before Rosh Hashanah. Certainly our minds are focused on how we can be successful in the avodas hayom of making Hashem our King. What can we take upon ourselves to…

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Destruction before Redemption

Destruction before Redemption As heard from Rav Tzvi Kushelvesky, Rosh Yeshivas Heichal HaTorah Transcribed by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis After Motzei Shemita Chazal teach us that moshiach will come during shemita. Yet in another place we are told that shemita will be a time of wars. The Gemara rectifies these statements that shemita will be…

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Getting Through an Electric Gate on Shabbos

Question: Every Friday afternoon, my friends and I go to visit a mental health center and make Kiddush and sing for the Jewish patients. By the time we leave, it is already after shkiah (sunset). In order to get out, a guard has to open the electronic door for us. I am not sure if…

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Traveling on the Second Day of Yom Tov

Question: I need to fly from Eretz Yisroel to New York City after Sukkos. The most convenient day for me to travel is Motzoei Simchas Torah in Eretz Yisroel. The problem is that if I take this flight, I will arrive in America on Yom Tov Sheini. Is this permitted? And if it is, once…

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Boruch Sheim Kevod or Yehei Shemei Rabbah Mevorach?

Question: I was putting on my tefillin shel rosh and was about to say boruch sheim kevod after the brachah of al mitzvas tefillin, as is the custom among Ashkenazim. Right as I was about to recite boruch sheim kevod, the tzibbur was answering Yehei Shemei Rabbah Mevorach. I recently saw that the Targum Yerushlami…

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Birkas Hagomel at a Seudas Hoda’ah

Question: If a woman is very sick (e.g., in a coma) and recovers, does she recite Birkas Hagomel? Rav Auerbach: In general, women do not recite Birkas Hagomel even at a seudas hoda’ah. However, the minhag in certain places like Yerushalayim is that only a yoledes recites this brachah, since the custom was that the…

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Bosor Becholov at a Sheva Brachos?

Question: I cooked a vegetable dish for a sheva brachos and then cooked meat in the same pot, assuming that it was fleishig. After cooking a significant amount of meat, I realized that the pot was really milchigs and had been used earlier in the day to cook milchige oatmeal. Throwing away the meat would…

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