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  1. Operating Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in Accordance with Halachah
    A Guide for Owners, Administrators and Employees

    A Project of Bais Din Maysharim
    Reviewed by: Rav Yaakov E. Forchheimer and Rav Doniel Neustadt

    The recent past has seen an increasing trend of Jewish-owned Healthcare Facilities, whose owners strive to both provide the premier level of care for their clients and manage their facilities according to the highest standards of adherence to Halachah. Healthcare Facilities in Halachah fills a vital need by addressing the numerous halachic concerns applicable to the managing of Healthcare Facilities.

    Operating a modern-day Healthcare Facility properly presents an unparalleled array of challenges and entails clarifying a broad range of diverse halachos spanning all four sections of the Shulchan Aruch. Some of the questions addressed include:

    How may one operate a Facility on Shabbos and Yom Tov?
    Does serving non-kosher food to Jewish patients violate lifnei iveir? Does serving it to non-Jewish patients violate the prohibition of "commerce with prohibited foods"?
    Do patient’s rooms require mezuzahs?
    Do the Facility’s food utensils require tevilah?

    These and numerous other topics are discussed in this first-ever compilation of halachos that apply exclusively to Healthcare Facilities.

    In Healthcare Facilities in Halachah, the background Halachah is explained in a clear and concise manner, and the practical applications as it applies to the day-to-day running of a Healthcare Facility are presented and analyzed.

    Healthcare Facilities in Halachah provides Facility owners and administrators with a comprehensive understanding of the halachic issues relevant to their business. Additionally, it provides rabbanim with the background information they need to properly address the questions presented to them. This sefer equips the reader with a solid grasp of many intricate laws and will surely become a valuable resource for those involved in the Healthcare Facility industry. Learn More
  2. Exploring Modern Halachic Dilemmas #2

    Rabbi Zvi Ryzman is a phenomenon. He calls himself an ish asakim, a businessman — which he is, and a successful one — but that is his sideline. His first love is learning, and he is an accomplished talmid chacham.

    But there is much more — and that is why he and this book are so special. He chooses topics that few people realize present halachic dilemmas, especially topics that relate to current issues, issue that may not have existed in the time of the classic poskim. Nevertheless, the Torah is so rich and all-encompassing that the principles are there — in the Talmud, the commentators, and response of previous generations and contemporary poskim.

    Rabbi Ryzman researches, analyzes, and elucides. When he’s finished, we have a clear understanding of the topic and a very good idea of the various halachic approaches. In his first volume of Exploring Modern Halachic Dilemmas, he discussed, among other subjects, several Covid related issues.

    In this new volume, Rabbi Ryzman presents ten fascinating discussions, among them:

    • Driverless Cars — may one ride them on Shabbos?
    • May one lie or exaggerate to raise funds for a mitzvah?
    • What is the identity of a person with organ transplants?

    Are you interested in joining adventures in halachic exploration? Then Exploring Modern Halachic Dilemmas Volume 2 is for you! Learn More

  3. The Laws & Customs of Krias HaTorah

    An Adaption of Sefer Sha'arei Ephraim

    *The wrong sefer Torah has been taken out in shul. "Rolling" it to the correct place will cause significant tircha d'tzibura. Can the sefer Torah be switched?
        *The gabbai called someone up for shvi'i. The potential olehindicated that he is a kohen. What should the gabbai do now?
        *A sefer Torah was brought to a beis avel, where it was used only once or twice, since part of the shivah was in another location. After the shivah, is it necessary to conduct additional minyanim in the avel's home so that the sefer Torah should be used three times before being returned?
        *May an Ashkenazi be yotzei with the Krias HaTorah of a Sephardi, or vice versa? May an Israeli get Chassan Torah on Simchas Torah outside of Eretz Yisrael?

    sefer Torah is the holiest of all Jewish articles. As such, extreme respect must be shown both toward it and to Krias HaTorah in general--which includes observing all the numerous halachos of Krias HaTorah. But where can one find the ins and outs of those many halachos?

    The Sha'arei Ephraim, written some 200 years ago by Harav Ephraim Zalman Margolis zt"l, is a comprehensivesefer on the halachos of Krias HaTorah. The Chafetz Chaim himself refers frequently to it in his Mishnah Berurah. But the Sha'arei Ephraim is written in Lashon Hakodesh and thus has largely been inaccessible to the English-speaking public...until now.

    The Laws and Customs of Krias HaTorah 

    is an English adaptation of the Sha'arei Ephraim. Written in a clear, user-friendly format, this sefer is not only a great resource for rabbanimand gabbaim, it is a handbook for every person who goes to shul. Many common and not-so-common questions about the laws of Krias HaTorah are dealt with in this book, including all of the above scenarios. Extensive footnotes include the customs of Sephardim and other communities with regard toKrias HaTorah

    This sefer...excels in both the precise halachah, clarity, and proper logic.

    --Harav Asher Weiss

     
    The sefer is written with immense proficiency, clearly, and is easily understood. I really enjoyed it. 

    --Harav Simcha Bunim Cohen Learn More

  4. Guidelines: The Magnificent Months 2 Vol. Set

    "These books have beepraised highly by numerous Gedolei HaRabbonim and have been received warmly by the English-speaking Torah community. I offer my heartfelt blessing that they should have much success in publishing further works and disseminating the Torah." 

    Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg zt"l Rosh Hayeshiva Torah Ore and Moreh Horaah of Kiryat Mattersdorf, Jerusalem 

    "As with their other works in the 'Guidelines' seriesthis sefer is conciseaccurateand well structured. The authors have performed a great service, presenting these vital and complex laws in a clear and straightforward questions-and-answers format." 

    Rabbi Pesach Eliyahu Falk zt"I Gateshead, England, author of "Modesty An Adornment for Life" 

    "As in the previous volumesthe laws and customs are presented in a conciselucidand organized fashionThis volumeas well as the entire complete series of 'Guidelines', will serve as a guide for those who cannot learn these laws from their original sourcesand as a valuable aid even to those who can."

    Rabbi Zev Leff Rosh Hayeshiva and Rav of Moshav Matisyahu Learn More

  5. What If... #5, More fascinating Halachic discussions, for the Shabbos Table, arranged according to the Parshah
    What if... a child born during the Holocaust is given one name by his parents at his bris, and another by Jews who hid him and saved his life. When his parents return to take him back at the end of the war, which name should he use?

    What if.... a thief feels sorry for his victim, a widow about to marry off her daughter, and he returns the money he was going to steal and even adds more of his own funds. May the victim use money that was probably stolen from someone else?

    What if... a rich man offers a donation for every student enrolled in a kiruv school. If a boy enrolls, but leaves after just a few weeks, does he still have to make that donation?

    The What If? series has become a beloved part of the Shabbos table for tens of thousands of families. Based on the popular Hebrew-language series Chashukei Chemed, written by noted rav and posek, Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita, and translated and arranged in the order of the weekly parashah by Rabbi Moshe Sherrow, the What If? books include hundreds of real-life halachic questions, each accompanied by a brief, practical scenario to illustrate the case, and an analysis that is understandable and easy to follow.

    What If? reaches people of all ages and backgrounds. The questions, stories, and halachic explanations are clear and simple, so that even youngsters can discuss them. At the same time these fascinating halachic queries and responses hold the interest of those well-versed in Torah scholarship.

    What if... you want the conversation at your Shabbos table to be even more animated? More meaningful? And, yes, more fun for family and guests? Just open up What If? volume 4, and let the Torah conversation begin! Learn More

  6. Halachically Speaking #8

    Hard-to-Find Halachah for Everyday Living

    In Halachically Speaking Volume 8, readers will once again recognize and appreciate Rabbi Lebovits's unique style as he clarifies and explains hundreds of practical halachos in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format.

    May a shaliach tzibbur lengthen the davening? What are the halachos related to chewing gum? What is the importance of learning mussar? What should one be aware of when hiring cleaning help? May women assume leadership roles? What kind of gambling is permitted?

    Noted author Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits addresses these topics and much more, educating and elucidating, and strengthening our observance of the precious mitzvos we have been allotted.

    Many of the pesakim of Harav Yisroel Belsky zt"l are included as well. 


    A must for every Torah-observant household! Learn More

  7. Halachos of Opening Packages On Shabbos

    With Illustrations

    • What's the best way to open a soda bottle on Shabbos?
    • Are disposable containers really considered a kli?
    • Can I give my children juice boxes and potato chips for Shabbos party? 
    • What are the halachic concerns about opening mail?
    • Are Shabbos and Yorn Tov different?
    • What should I do if an expensive package arrives in the mail?
    The answers to these questions are but a small sampling of the topics discussed in Rabbi Menachem M. Abramson's comprehensive work, Halachos of Opening Packages on Shabbos. This is the first English work to give a thorough treatment of every relevant halacha, so that the reader can understand the background of the halachic issues in question. With its detailed analysis of the many types of packaging encountered in our daily lives, accompanied by clear illustrations, this book sheds light on a topic that many find hazy and confusing. Rabbi Abramson has carefully researched the theoretical and practical aspects of these halachos, and consulted with many prominent Poskim regarding the ramifications and conclusions contained within. Learn More
  8. The Shabbos Kitchen, Fully Revised & Expanded, A comprehensive halachic guide to the preparation of food & other kitchen activities on shabbos

    In Thirty Years, the Kedushah, the Holiness of Shabbos, Has Not Changed...
    But Your Kitchen Has.
    The Shabbos Kitchen -- Fully Revised and Expanded

    Thirty years ago, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen published his halachic masterwork, The Shabbos Kitchen. With its clear, understandable explanations of the issues involved and extensive notes, tens of thousands turned to The Shabbos Kitchen to understand the often complex halachos of preparing food and other kitchen activities on Shabbos.

    With the passing of time and massive changes in technology, many new questions have been raised, many new piskei halachah have been developed. Raw fish, once considered inedible, now graces our sushi — has its status of muktzeh changed, as well? What issues are raised by modern-day water coolers, warming drawers, and digital features on refrigerators?

    The Shabbos Kitchen -- Fully Revised and Expanded includes ten completely new chapters discussing halachos and scenarios not included in the earlier volume. In addition, as a world-class posek, Rabbi Cohen has heard countless shailos about Shabbos observance in these decades, and he has incorporated many of them into existing chapters. Indeed, one chapter with common applications is twice the size of the original, and two others, also pertaining to melachos that apply frequently, are three times the size!

    While many things have changed in these past decades, some things stay the same. Things like our devotion to Shabbos, and our desire to show our love for it by keeping its halachos properly. This sefer will enable us to do just that. Learn More

  9. Halachos of Chatzitzah

    The halachos of chatzitzah are of practical importance for every Jew. This book discusses the various situations when Jewish law requires that there be no interposition between two things, because such a separation would interfere with fulfilling the mitzvah.

    MIKVAH: An informative chapter on chatzitzos that may invalidate mikvah immersion, such as:

    • Skin problems – acne, blisters, peeling skin
    • Common objects – contact lenses, ink stains, makeup
    • Medical/dental issues – IV catheter, braces, tooth extractions

    N’TILAS YODAYIM: In addition to a comprehensive explanation of the halachos of n’tilas yodayim, this section details circumstances that would be problematic or constitute a chatzitzah when ritually washing one’s hands:

    • Intervening objects – rings, cuts, bandages, splinters 
    • Touching another’s hand after washing
    • Performing n’tilas yodayim when there is no cup

    WEARING TEFILLIN: This chapter enumerates specific items that could create a barrier for:

    • Shel yad – shirt sleeves, bandages, body lotion
    • Shel rosh – yarmulkes, toupees, hair gel, dandruff

    TOIVELING KAYLIM: Purification of vessels and utensils through mikvah immersion has its own unique concerns:

    • Removing labels or stickers
    • An air pocket blocking the water
    • Immersing more than one item at a time

    These are just a few examples of the chatzitzos discussed in this sefer. An addendum after each section details the practical halachos of brochos for that mitzvah. Learn More

  10. Sefer Hamitzvos H/E H/C 2 Vol. Set
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