Fast of 10th of Teves

Fast Begins Tomorrow, Thursday, January 1, 2015, 6:11 AM / Shacharis 8:00 AM / Mincha 5:00 PM / Fast Ends 6:12 PM The Many Facets of Asarah B’Teves: Rabbi Yehuda Spitz Although to many the only notable aspect of the upcoming fast of Asarah B’Teves (the 10th of Teves) is that it is by far the shortest fast day in…

Fasting on Friday

For Dallas, Texas: Fast begins 6:02 AM and ends with Kiddush Friday night. Fasting on Friday by Rabbi Yehuda Spitz An interesting calendarical anomaly is set to happen this week. The appearance of which is quite sporadic and actually quite unique on the Jewish Calendar. I am referring to the upcoming Fast of Asarah B’Teves, which…

Single Malt Scotch & Sherry Casks: A Halachic Perspective

Among the many types of alcoholic beverages that one may encounter at a simcha, one will inevitably find a bottle of Scotch whisky. Scotch has been produced in Scotland for hundreds of years and there are currently many brands and varieties available. The connoisseur may have his preferred Single Malt Scotch, but the average person will sample whatever varieties…

An Accomplished Woman, Who Can Find?

A Letter to the Women from Rebbitzen Susan Rich Dear Ladies, אשת חיל מי ימצא – An Accomplished Woman, Who Can Find? The women of our Shul who support and encourage their husbands’ learning and minyan attendance are to be commended. The sacrifice you make by doing this, whether it be staying at home alone…

Laws of the Three Weeks & Tisha B’Av (2012 / 5772)

Background The 17th of Tammuz is mentioned in Nevi’im (Prophets) – as “the fast of the fourth month” (Zechariah 8:19). The Mishnah (Taanit 4:8) lists five calamities that befell the Jewish people on this date: Moses broke the two tablets of stone on Mount Sinai; The daily tamid offering ceased to be brought; The walls…