Hilchos Halloween


What if Jews celebrated Halloween? That was the question of a viral Jewbellish image. In that spirit our guest writer has put together a hypothetical code of Jewish law for Halloween.
Add your own laws in the comments below.


by Binyomin Ginzberg

1) No trick or treating until sundown. This year not before 5:54PM in the NY area. Children may trick or treat earlier for Chinuch, but it’s preferable if they wait until the zman.
2) A scary costume is preferable, but b’dieved, one dressed as a princess or Power Ranger has fulfilled the obligation of dressing up.

3) One who turns off the lights and pretends to be away is called a sinner!

4) Shaving cream used for tricks does not require kosher supervision.

5) If Halloween falls out on Shabbos, trick or treating within the eruv is permissible. If there is no eruv, one still trick or treats, but the custom is to cut a hole in bottom of the plastic jack o’ lantern so the candy goes to waste.

6) To be considered a trick, one must damage property valued at at least one perutah (approx. 5 cents). A trick must also inconvenience the victim by at least 6.7 minutes. In case of emergency, there is a lenient position of 4.8 minutes one may be allowed to rely on. Consult your Halachik authority.

7) The pumpkin should be placed on the top step, to the right of the door.
It is preferable to use a real pumpkin as a jack o’ lantern. B’dieved, plastic is also acceptable.

9) One does not make a blessing before trick or treating, because it is not certain that the homeowner will be home.

10) When giving candy, one must give an amount at least the size of an olive (About five candy corns.) Some are of the opinion that it has to be at least the size of an egg. (twelve candy corns.) This opinion is preferable.

11) When egging cars, one should be careful not to drop any eggs prior to throwing them. Remember, Ba’al Tashchis!

12) Not Tznius witch costumes, only at home with one’s husband.

hilchos halloween

Rogers Park – Sukkah’s Falling

The fun holiday that follows Yom Kippur finally gets the attention it deserves. Watch this zany music video by Rogers Park in association with Jewbellish. Sukkahs are falling, Lulavs are flying, and there are some sweet vocal harmonies in this visual treat.

Rogers Park debut music video, “Sukkah’s Falling”.
Follow the band: http://fb.com/RogersParkBand

Filmed and Edited by: Mendel Katz


Produced and Directed by: Yosef & Mordy

Creative Director: Mordy Kurtz

Song Recorded at: Basement Record Studio

Song Mixed, Mastered, and Engineered by: Dov Gurewicz

Lyrics and Vocals: Rogers Park (Yosef & Mordy)

Instruments: Dov Gurewicz

Song Parody of: Paul McCartney’s “I’ve Just Seen A Face.”


Rosh Hashana: Honey Bucket Challenge

Watch this sweeeet episode of Jewbellish The News to see brand-new apples for Rosh Hashana, an Apple Watch (Rosh Hashana Limited Edition) and a new spin on the outdated Ice Bucket Challenge.

Staring: Mendy Pellin & David Jones
Directed by: Arnon Shorr
Written by: Mendy Pellin
Produced by: Tafari Gonzalez-Aird
PA: Ryan Larkin

[Only two watches were harmed during the making of this video.]


Turn Down for What: Jewish Version

You must watch this heartbreaking story of a few Jewish mothers and a matchmaker. Based on a true story. Think of it as a modern day Fiddler on the Roof.

Written and Directed by: Mendy Pellin
Produced & Cinematography by: Tafari Gonzalez-Aird

Special thanks to Lil Jon & DJ Snake for finally addressing the Shidduch Crisis!

Full Lyrics:
Turn[ed] Down For What?

Production Assistant: Sean Topps; Jennifer Wolski
Make-Up & Wardrobe: Abe Steinberg

Sledgehammer Mother: Lauri Janover
Rolling-Pin Mother: Jennifer Wolski
Wig-Head Mother: Robin Roth
David’s Mother: Truett Butler
Matchmaker: Sally Lefton-Wolfe
Housekeeper: Aixa
Heimishe Butcher: Jake Turx
Butcher: Dovid Lieder
Elderly Rabbi: Kai Cofer
Hip Hasid: Sean Topps
Monsey Hasid: Jake Turx
Dovid Cohen: Yosef Pellin
Loopholer Rebbe: Mendy Pellin

Special Thanks to Lieders Catering


Jewbellish The News: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Jewbellish the News and Mrs. Goldstein finally accept the #ALSIceBucketChallenge… with a little surprise ;-) Read below for our exclusive Hilchos Ice Bucket Challenge laws by Chemi Ding.

Hilchos Ice Bucket Challenge

We’ve received several halachic questions regarding various aspects of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and we will address a number of them here.
What is the biblical source for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
The verse in Twitteriticus (24:7) states, “And it shall be seventh day, when your friend shall calleth upon you to partake in the ice-water ceremony. You shall surely pour the ice-water on your head, or on the head of thou friend who is close to you. For if you shall not pour, you shall incur the wrath of the Lord the scorn of your social media friends and you shall pay one hundred silver coins to the charity of my choosing. And it shall be for an atonement on your soul.”
I have been nominated. How long do I have to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge?
It depends who you are. For the layman 24 hours is the limit. If you need to arrange a helicopter to dump ice on you while you stand on top of a mountain wearing speedos, the American Council of Rabbis grants you an additional 24 hours due to the great pirsumei nisa (publicity) that you are affecting. If you are Ellen Degeneres, better you should wait as long as humanly possible so that every living celebrity under the sun gets down on their knees and begs and pleads for you to do it while pledging tens of thousands of dollars to ALS.
I have seen many videos of people pouring plain water on themselves. Rabbi, is that allowed?
In short, no. One who pours plain water on himself has not fulfilled his obligation. This prohibition can be derived from a careful, detailed examination of the name of mitzvah: Ice Bucket Challenge. The Rabbis derived that ice must be present in the bucket in order to properly do the mitzvah. Otherwise, they argued, it would just be called “The Bucket  Challenge.” Not very compelling.
Reform says warm water is fine also.
Does the ice need to have a hashgacha (a kosher certification)?
Preferably, yes. That has been the custom of the Hassidim. However, according to Rav Moshe, kerach stam is fine also, the reasoning being that the vast majority of ice in the United States is made of water. Most modern-orthodox bucket dumpers have adopted this ruling. This reasoning would obviously not apply to ice manufactured in third-world countries such as Liberia and Canada. God only knows what they put in their ice.
Reforms says anything will do.
Do I need to be clothed to participate, or can I wear a bathing suit?
While according to the strict letter of the law you do not need to be decked out in a tux and bowtie, people that dump the water while wearing bathing suits may be transgressing the rabbinic prohibition of being really lame. Furthermore, people that do it while standing in a bathtub are just cowardly yutzes.
Alternatively, they are Reform.
Does pouring the water on my head really absolve me of the need to give charity?
If you speak very passionately about the ALS cause before dumping water on your head, your friends will assume that you gave money and then you don’t have to actually do it yourself. Better you should give the money to the schnorer in shul.
Reform says you must donate regardless. You also must donate to AIPAC and JNF.
May the video be filmed in vertical mode?
 Absolutely not. Reform agrees.

Hilchos Ice Bucket Challenge

Video Credits:
Jewbellish The News: Episode #2
Ice Bucket Challenge

Written by: Mendy Pellin with Tafari Gonzales-Aird
Directed by: Mendy Pellin
Produced & Edited by: Tafari Gonzales-Aird
Make-up and Special Effects: Abe Steinberg
Cast: Mendy Pellin – Self; David Earl Jones – Self; Robin Roth – Mrs. Goldstein


Jewbellish The News: Outrage at Mrs. Goldstein

So does the fragile Israel – Hamas ceasefire carry over to Facebook? Mrs. Goldstein learned that answer the hard way. Watch what happens when we confront her…

Jewbellish The News: Pilot
With the serious conflict raging now in Israel, leave it to comedian Mendy Pellin and his news team to find some comic relief. Enjoy this very first episode of Jewbellish The News.

Written & Directed by: Mendy Pellin
Produced & Edited by: Tafari Gonzalez-Aird

Mrs. Goldstein: Robin Roth
News Anchors: Mendy Pellin & Dave Earl Jones (Big Dave)
News Correspondent (Jennifer Gentile): Meredith Giangrande

Hair & Make-up: Nicole Wittman
Casting: Sarah Socher
Special Thanks: Zvi Hershcovich

The ‘Perfect’ Nazi was — Jewish


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