Our holy sages, the Chazal, teach us that one who studies Halachos daily is assured a portion in Olam Haba, the world to come (Talmud Niddah, 73A). In today's hectic world, many of us don't make time to study Halacha Yomi, a daily Halacha or two, and thus give up this simple, yet monumental tradition which has sustained us,Klal Yisroel - the Jewish Nation - throughout the ages.
Therefore, in June 2008, I started a daily email where I share two, quick, practical and easy to understand Halachos each day, with those who have subscribed (B"H we have thousands of subscribers, from around the world). This website contains archives of the Halachos that were emailed to the group each day, as well as many of the questions received from readers and the answers we provided.
It should take a mere 30 seconds (or less) to read the Halachos each day, yet it will be the vehicle with which we will earn the right and privilege of calling ourselves “בני עולם הבא”.
I often receive inquiries as to who I am and why I do not post my name and credentials on my website.
For various reasons, I have started this "Halacha for Today" project anonymously. Not posting my name also allows me to continue this work L'Shem Shamayim, as the Chazon Ish, zt"l, used to tell people, they should do at least one worthwhile project in their lifetime anonymously, strictly for the Kavod of the Ribono Shel Olam. (In fact, when he first started publishing his landmark work, "Chazon Ish", he released each chapter anonymously, by placing it in the Bais Midrash, under the cover of darkness.)
Halacha for Today started as a small email which I sent to a few friends and never expected at the time that it would grow at such a rapid pace, reach such a large audience or take up so much of my time.
All the Halachos that I write are taken directly from the Sefarim of the Poskim, and sources are given for each Halacha. I do not write anything of my own. Furthermore, I clearly state that the Halachos are for learning purposes only and not for Psak Halacha, as a Rav should be consulted for a final ruling.
Lastly, there are many Talmidei Chachamim, including Rabbonim with Smicha that read my emails daily and they are sure to let me know on the rare occasions when something I wrote need revisions or clarifications.
Although I am hesitant to reveal my name, I can tell you that I currently live in the Lakewood, NJ area. I spent many years learning in Yeshivas, both in America and in Eretz Yisroel, and always had an interest in Halacha. I am married with children, Baruch Hashem. I am a simple Yid who seeks to spread K'Vod Shamayim in the world. It is my sincere Tefilah that this website, as well as the daily Halacha/Chizuk emails accomplish just that.
I welcome questions, suggestions, ideas, comments, and even constructive criticism. You can use the form below, or email me at Ben@HalachaForToday.com. I will, Bli Neder, respond to each and every email that I receive as soon as possible.
The Halachos on this website are based on my personal understanding of the Halachic texts quoted, and are for learning purposes only, NOT for Psak Halacha.
DO NOT rely on them for Psak Halacha L'Maaseh. If you have questions or require further source information, please email the question to Ben@HalachaForToday.com and I will respond as soon as I can. For a Halacha L'Maaseh Psak, please contact your local Orthodox rabbi.
All Halachos on this site were written from an Ashkenazic perspective and follow the rulings of Ashkenazic Poskim. Though I endeavor to point out whenever Sephardic rulings and customs differ from what I write, by no means have I adequately researched the Sephardic point of view of any Halachos that I write and my dear Sephardic readers should please review all rulings with their own Chachamim.