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Rabbi Yehuda Spitz

Rabbi Yehuda Spitz is a writer on Halachic issues for VosIzNeias.

Rabbi Spitz serves as the Sho’el U’ Meishiv and Rosh Chabura of the Ohr Lagolah Halacha Kollel at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, Israel.


  • New York - Halachic Musings: To Drink Or Not To Drink? A Halachic Analysis Of Getting Drunk On Purim March 5, 2015 10:12 AM | 11 Comments New York -  Can you feel Purim just around the corner? Who isn’t eagerly anticipating this annual Yom Tov extravaganza, featuring joyous dancing, Mishloach Manos, colorful costumes, and of course, the Megillah reading? However, for many, it is the unique mitzvah to get drunk that they are eagerly awaiting. Since Purim is described in the Megillah (Esther Ch. 9: verse 19) as a day of Mishteh... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Analysis: Is Quinoa Considered Kitniyos in 2014? April 6, 2014 11:59 AM | 33 Comments New York - Generally, this time of year is the busiest for Rabbonim the world over; fielding questions on every aspect of the myriad and complex halachos of Pesach observance. This year is no different. Yet, interestingly, the question that seems to be utmost on people’s minds is not about chametz or even cleaning properly. No, in 2014, the biggest issue still seems to be whether quinoa... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: To Drink Or Not To Drink? A Halachic Analysis Of Getting Drunk On Purim March 12, 2014 01:09 PM | 6 Comments New York -  Can you feel Purim just around the corner? Who isn’t eagerly anticipating this annual Yom Tov extravaganza, featuring joyous dancing, Mishloach Manos, colorful costumes, and of course, the Megillah reading? However, for many, it is the unique mitzvah to get drunk that they are eagerly awaiting. Since Purim is described in the Megillah (Esther Ch. 9: verse 19) as a day of Mishteh... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: A Tale Of Two Adars - Yahrtzeits And Bar Mitzvahs March 3, 2014 11:30 AM | 10 Comments New York - As the month of Adar is the only one in the Jewish calendar that gets twinned, every time such a leap year occurs, aside for the ‘Mishenichnas Adar’ celebrations, there is also cause for concern and calculations. Although the Gemara (Megillah 6b) concludes that all Purim-related observances, including the Arba Parshiyos, are celebrated in Adar Sheini, in order that the Geulah... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: Snowballs on Shabbos? January 23, 2014 02:24 PM | 22 Comments New York - With another Snow Storm in the Tri-State area fresh on the heels of the ‘Arctic Vortex’ or ‘Polar Blast’ that recently causing record breaking freezing temperatures all across the Eastern United States (when Niagara Falls freezes over and Polar Bears prefer to be indoors, you know it’s C-O-L-D), and the aftereffects of the Yerushalayim Asarah B’Teves “Blizzard” of 5774... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: Fasting On Friday? December 12, 2013 09:45 AM | 8 Comments New York - An interesting calendarical anomaly is set to happen this week. One that’s appearance is quite sporadic and actually quite unique on the Jewish Calendar. I am referring to the upcoming Fast of Asarah B’Teves, which this year falls out on a Friday. Exclusive to this fast, is that it is the only one that we do actually observe as a fast on a Friday. Even Tisha B’Av, which... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: Thanksgiving On Chanuka? November 27, 2013 10:04 AM | 24 Comments New York - This year, 5774/2013, in what is being billed as a ‘once in eternity overlap’, the American holiday of Thanksgiving falls out on Chanuka! Although it turns out that that label is not entirely accurate, nevertheless, with the next possible co-incidence being 2070, and subsequently followed by 2165 (however, then Thanksgiving will not fall out on the first day of Chanuka, rather the... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: Daf Insights - Margarine, Misconceptions, and Maris Ayin October 27, 2013 01:23 PM | 7 Comments New York - The origin of good old fashioned (or bad old - depending if one is health conscious) ordinary margarine is surprisingly fascinating. In the 1860’s France, with the rising popularity and cost of butter (due to the universal constant known as the law of supply and demand), Emperor (Louis) Napoleon III made a contest offering a considerable prize to anyone who could create a... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: Geshem or Gashem?! September 25, 2013 10:01 AM | 4 Comments New York - As Sukkos draws to a close, we are gearing up for the annual minhag mêlée that is taking place as we speak in shuls wordwide; I’m referring to the Geshem / Gashem debate. This article sets out to address the who’s and the why’s behind this yearly quarrel. On Shmini Atzeres, as per the Mishna’s instruction (in the very first Mishna in Maseches Taanis, as well as the Mishna... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: Yom Tov Sheini And Why Yom Kippur Doesn’t Have One September 12, 2013 12:22 PM | 7 Comments New York - Although my good friend Moshe moved from Eretz Yisrael to America several years ago, nevertheless, he (as do many others) enjoys returning for Yom Tov, especially Sukkos, Sukkos in Eretz Yisrael is a special treat, with sukkos everywhere one looks and usually just the right weather to be mekayem ‘teishvu k’eyn taduru’ properly. “There is nothing quite like celebrating Sukkos in... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Musings: (Not) To Eat Fish On Rosh Hashana? September 4, 2013 10:22 AM | 2 Comments New York - There is a well-known halacha that one is not allowed to fast on Rosh Hashana (barring certain specific circumstances). Although it is a Day of Judgment, and there are shittos in the Gaonim that do permit one to fast, nevertheless the halacha is that Rosh Hashana is also a festive Yom Tov and one must honor it properly. In fact, the Yerushalmi (Rosh Hashana Ch. 1, Halacha 3... Read more »
  • New York - Lab Grown Beef: But Is It Kosher? August 30, 2013 09:30 AM | 9 Comments New York - Several weeks ago, VINnews.com reported that Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands did the impossible: create the world’s first laboratory grown hamburger. While news of this $325,000 hamburger was welcomed by many, our concern is how such a creation would be viewed through the lens of halacha. Frankenburgers? This hamburger was created by extracting... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Analysis - May One Shower During The Nine Days? July 11, 2013 11:00 AM | 36 Comments The Mishna in Maseches Ta’anis famously teaches that “Mishenichnas Av Mema’atin BeSimcha”, ‘When the month of Av arrives (Rosh Chodesh Av), we lessen our joy’. Since many catastrophes and national tragedies befell our people during this time period, including the destruction of both of the Batei HaMikdash on Tisha B’Av, halacha dictates various restrictions on us in order to mourn... Read more »
  • New York - Halachic Analysis: When Do ‘The Three Weeks’ Start? June 24, 2013 11:16 AM | 4 Comments New York - Several years ago, a certain Talmid Chacham could not find an available wedding hall to marry off his daughter. The only open date was the night of Shiva Assar B'Tamuz. To the astonishment of many, he booked it! Although he made sure that the Chupa was before shkiya, he was heard to have commented that many people do not realize when the Three Weeks actually starts... We are... Read more »
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