Sunday 31 May 2015

Bais Din and the Law CLE Symposium

Business Halacha Institute and  Agudath Israel of America Commission on Torah Projects & Legal Support Services LLC, invite all attorneys to a CLE symposium on  

WHEN:  Sunday, June 14, 2015  Registration: 9:30 AM Program Begins 10:00 AM
WHERE: Business Halacha Institute  1937 Ocean Avenue (bet. Ave's. N & O)  Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230     

10:00- 10:50  Choice of Venue
Exploring tactics on responding to a summons from a Bais Din, the parties rights to choose a panel, and the crucial differences between a Zabluh and regular Bais Din.   Presenter:  Rabbi Ari Marburger  Dayan, Business Halacha Institute; Author, "Business Halacha" (Artscroll/Mesorah)

11:00- 11:50  Discovery Rights in Bais Din
A discussion of the traditional role of discovery in a Din Torah, the typical process in a modern Din Torah, and some practical suggestions.
  Presenter:  Rabbi Chaim Kohn  Dean, Business Halacha Institute; Dayan KAJ.

12:00- 12:50 An Attorney's Role in a Din Torah
An analysis of what a trained attorney can contribute to the Din Torah process, and the halachic limits of advocacy.  
resenter:  Rabbi Avraham Gutman Dayan, Business Halacha Institute; Bais Din Vaad Hadayanim of Lakewood.

Free Admission   NY CLE: 3 credits  sponsored by ACE CLE Seminars  For registration click here  or for further information, please contact the Business Halacha Institute at or 718 233 3845 ex 201 Reception Committee Mordechai Gelber, Yossi Kazarnovsky, Naftali Leshkowitz, 

Kol Tuv,

Friday 29 May 2015

Appreciating Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
A short history of the life and legacy of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, his involvement with NCSY, and how he changed the game of "the teshuva movement."

Kol Tuv

Thursday 28 May 2015

Kiddush Hashem or Promoting Betting?

The Jewish Link of New Jersey:…

How excited is Teaneck for its Zayat Stables LLC Kentucky Derby winners? What a kiddush hashem to hold a Shabbat Dinner at the vaunted Kentucky Derby! Congrats to the entire Zayat family!
Joanne Zayat missed the crucial moment when American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby. Victory had been tantalizingly close in the past for the Zayats of Teaneck—three second-place finishes—and she was afraid the same thing would happen again. Pioneer of the Nile was way ahead in 2009 when a longshot…

Kol Tuv

Tuesday 26 May 2015

Is "Unconditional Love" compatible with Torah Judaism?

Is "Unconditional Love" compatible with Torah Judaism?

If so, what caveats [if any] might be needed from a Torah perspective?

If not, which Condtions are always required

Kol tov

Friday 22 May 2015

Shavuot – A Conundrum

In R Elchanan Poupko's guest post of April 1, 2015, he wrote:
The topic of conversion to Judaism is of ever growing academic, scholarly, and political interest and has come to the news headlines often recently.
In this captivating and relevant article, Rabbi Dr. Chaim Schertz of Harrisburg PA-a scholar and thinker in his own right- examines, outlines and illuminates the topic of conversion with breathtakingly and captivating clarity.
In the same spirit, we would now like to bring your attention to another article by Rabbi Dr. Schertz:
Shavuot – A Conundrum

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Cancelled Order


A Customer "Al" orders Egg Foo Young at a Chinese Restaurant.

After finding out about the way it's made, Al cancels his order.

The Restaurant had already begun the preparation, and the product would go to waste.

What is the customer's Halachic liability?

A. None?
B. Cost of Food and Labor?
C. Retail Price?

Responsibility for Words & Assurances | Business Halacha

Kol Tuv,

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Arami Oveid Avi

See Mishnah B'rachot 1:5
Ikkar Tosafot Yom Tov 18
quoting Tos. Y"T

Q: Why is the 3rd paragraph of Sh'ma selected for "Z'cheerat Y'tzee'at Mitzrayim ballaylot?"

A: Mipnei sheparshas Tzitzit Sh'gurah b'fee chol mipnei k'riatah bayyom...

This S'vara strongly suggests a parallel, namely that Arami Oveid Avi was also selected "Mipnei sheparshas Arami Oveid Avi Sh'gurah b'fee chol mipnei Vidduy Bikkurim."

Kol Tuv - Best Regards

Monday 18 May 2015

Tefillat Ha'Shelah - Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan

Today -
Tefillat Ha'Shelah -
Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Monday, May 18)

Click the link for Tefillat Ha'Shelah on-line: or open the attachment for the Art Scroll Hebrew/English.

Kol Tuv - Best Regards

Kiddush Hashem or Promoting Betting?

The Jewish Link of New Jersey:

How excited is Teaneck for its Zayat Stables LLC Kentucky Derby winners? What a kiddush hashem to hold a Shabbat Dinner at the vaunted Kentucky Derby! Congrats to the entire Zayat family!…

Kol tov

Thursday 14 May 2015

Emergency Tehillim

Please daven for Aryeh ben Rina B'toch Sha'ar Cholei Yisrael (Rav Bina's grandson) who was hit by a car in a terror attack near Yishuv Alon Shvut .

He is currently in surgery .
Kol Tuv,

Wednesday 13 May 2015

New Online Semicha Program!

Ari Enkin wrote:
Dear Friends-

Have you ever wanted to get semicha?

I am excited to announce that I will be leading a new "branch" of the Keter HaTorah Online Semicha Program!

Here are some of the highlights of the program:

1. We will be learning "Issur V'heter" leading to "Yoreh Yoreh" semicha. The semicha will be issued by Rav Don Channen, Rosh Yeshiva of Keter HaTorah and world renowned Yoreh Deah expert.
2.The program is a combination of self-study, online review shiurim, and regular phone & email access to me for questions, guidance, and support!
3. The program is expected to last 12-18 months
4. The program is ideal for a wide variety of interests and individuals: Those who have always wanted to get semicha, those who have always wanted to learn the laws of Kashrus in-depth, or simply for those who enjoy structured, goal oriented learning.
5. The cost for the program is only $150 per month. All required study sheets and materials will be provided.

The program is open to Orthodox Jewish men of all levels of learning and backgrounds. A letter of recommendation from your rabbi will be required.

See for more information. You can also email me any questions that you might have.

To register please email Mrs. Sara Bauer at: We hope to begin promptly after Shavuot with the laws of basar b'chalav!

I look forward to learning with you! 

Kol Tuv,

Sunday 10 May 2015

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Guide to the New Victim Politics – Tablet Magazine
« As I've written elsewhere, more likely is it that the president and his administration are reluctant to draw much attention to anti-Semitism for the same reason they are reluctant to speak plainly about militant Islamism:

They seek an accommodation with the Muslim world, where bigoted views about Jews are prevalent if not mainstream, and harping about anti-Semitism gets in the way of that all-consuming aspiration. The same goes for anti-Christian animus; see, for instance, the White House's anodyne condemnation of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya last week, which made no mention of the reason why they were killed. As such, the president cannot let a discussion go by of the Islamic State (which, he insists, is "not Islamic") without a reference to the Christian Crusades ("committed … in the name of Christ") of five centuries ago. »

Kol Tuv,

Saturday 9 May 2015

Mussar: Silence Is Golden

Derech Emet:

Babylonian Talmud,
tractate Megillah,page 18A:
…silence is the best medicine of all…

Kol Tuv,

Friday 8 May 2015

France Clears Israel, What About Other Nations?

United With Israel:

Will this finally settle the accusations against Israel regarding Arafat's death?

Yet again, it has been proven that Israel is NOT to blame for the death of Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat. Conspiracy theorists are likely to not believe this proof.

The French investigation into the death of PA chairman Yasser Arafat has come to an end. Forensic experts concluded that Israel did not assassinate him.

Kol Tuv,

Sunday 3 May 2015

Interview on NewsTalk Radio 770, Calgary

In response to my recent Huffington Post article regarding discrimination and religious freedom, NewsTalk Radio 770 in Calgary, Alberta wanted to interview me. (There is no connection to Chabad.)

I don't think my performance in the interview was very good but thought it would be nice to share it anyway. The interview can be heard for a limited time on the radio station's website at Go to April 30; the interview was shortly after 10:30 pm. Please feel free to comment below.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Saturday 2 May 2015

Friday 1 May 2015

HAGH celebrates 75 Years at Gala Dinner

My Hebrew Day School
The Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford
is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.

It is one of the oldest Hebrew Day Schools in North America outside Metro NYC, because it predates the Torah uMesora movement by a few years. I graduated Grade 9 in 1966.

Home | 75 Years Anniversary Gala Dinner

Kol Tuv,