Shiviti Learning Forum: Q&A Highlights #1

April 13, 2018 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Join our Facebook forum by clicking here! Haircuts and Shaving During Sefirat HaOmer Question: Can I shave/get a haircut on Rosh Chodesh? Answer: Maran in the Shulchan Aruch calls the custom to do so an “incorrect” one. But one would first have to establish the severity of the custom not to shave in [Read more…]

Don’t You Wan’t To Be Eulogized?

November 28, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

I once had an extremely unsettling conversation that left its marks on me until this very day. [I wish to note the following disclaimer: as disdainful as some of these sentiments may sound, they did not come from a malicious place, but from a place of having been programmed as [Read more…]

Mikveh Matters: Letters to a Rav

September 28, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

“I wish to share with you my initial hesitancy in writing this letter. Rabbi Shalom Messas zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Morocco and later Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, related that he had never been asked a single Taharat HaMishpachah question from any woman during the duration of his leadership in Morocco. [Read more…]

Public Statement: Kosher LA

July 4, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It has come to my attention that a certain communal figure who is respected by many in matters of Kashrut, has questioned the reliability of the “Kosher LA” certification on our local The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I state with absolute confidence: this is utter nonsense, and one who [Read more…]

Be A Knowledgeable Jew!

April 21, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

                In the Jewish world, literacy used to be a source of pride. Ignorance was shunned and enlightenment was chosen. I am constantly taken aback by how – seemingly – religious Jews are obsessed with publicly displaying their ignorance of Hashem’s legal system. [Read more…]

New Age Jewish “Modesty”

April 20, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I have turned red and lost my breath from warning us about the dangers of these misguided Jews who have been derailing Am Yisrael for years under the guise of being religious! Brought to you from the makers of every other false stringency…

Lies Of My Youth: Part 2

April 17, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Each year, as I review the Halachot of Pesach, I am bitter about many of the lies I was taught as a child. One of the more bitter moments though, is of my teachers preaching to us that “Matzot” are hard, stale crackers. As I look at the words of [Read more…]

Lies Of My Youth: Part 1

April 13, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Each year, as I review the Halachot of Pesach, I am bitter about many of the lies I was taught as a child. One of the more bitter moments though, is of my teachers preaching to us that “Maror” is synonymous with horseradish. As I look at the words of [Read more…]