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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Acharei Mos- Yom Kippur, Angel Dust, & Sorcery (Audio)

The 3rd aliyah of Parshas Acharei Mos tells us the intriguing avodah (service) on Yom Kippur of the sa'ir l'azazel-the goat sent off a cliff into the...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 3, 2016 / 25 Nissan 5776 - Why Do They Always Say "Last Night Was The Of The Omer"?

Baltimore, MD - May. 3, 2016  Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Why Do They Always Say "Last Night Was The Of The Omer"? ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - May 2, 2016 24 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Different Types Of Music During Sefiras HaOmer?

Baltimore, MD - May. 2, 2016  24Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Different Types Of Music During Sefiras HaOmer? ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - May 1, 2016 23 Nissan 5776 - I Want Chametz Now!

Baltimore, MD - May 1, 2016  23 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - I Want Chametz Now! ...

   
 

Parnasah! Rebbi Nachman M'Breslov Regarding Tonight's Tefila V'Emunah

רבי נחמן מברסלב גילה: שבתפלת 'ואמונה כל זאת' שבתפלת 'ערבית' של 'לי...

   
 

Pesach 5776 - Freedom Therapy

We are currently in the midst of our beautiful holiday Pesach, the period of our freedom. Pesach is an eight day holiday whose first and last days have the stat...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 28, 2016 20 Nissan 5776 - Erev Last Days of Pesach -Daily Dvar Halacha - Eruv Tavshilin?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 28, 2016  20 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Eruv Tavshilin? ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 27, 2016 19 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Is The End Of Pesach Different Than The End Of Sukkos?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 27, 2016  Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Is The End Of Pesach Different Than The End Of Sukkos?  ...

   
 

Pesach 5776 - Acharon Shel Pesach

 The davening experience during chol hamoed of Pesach is significantly different from that of Sukkos. For one, we arrive with much less...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Pesach Table: “Matzah in the Concentration Camps”

We know there is a mitzva to eat Matzah on the first night of Pesach. How much Matzah should one eat? Does one fulfill the mitzva by eating a small crumb? The S...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 26, 2016 18 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh I Forgot V'Sain Bracha!

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 26 , 2016  18 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh I Forgot V'Sain Bracha! ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Pachad Yitzchok - Pesach - Krias Yam Suf (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 26, 2016 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Pachad Yitzchok - Pesach - Krias Yam Suf Right-click here to download...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 25, 2016 17 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh I Forgot To Count Sefiras Ha'omer!

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 25, 2016  17 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Uh Oh I Forgot To Count Sefiras Ha'omer! ...

   
 

Polishing Shoes on Chol HaMoed

Chol HaMoed often entails enjoyable family trips to the park with the family, and or ball-playing, kite-flying and perhaps a scavenger hunt. One casualty is oft...

   
 

Pesach 5766 - Never Say Dai

This year’s thought on Seder Night draws its inspiration from a rather unlikely source. The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, whose existence was unknown to m...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 22, 2016 14 Nissan 5776 - Erev Pesach - Daily Dvar Halacha - When Exactly Do I Stop Saying Mashiv Horuach?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 22, 2016  14 Nissan 5776  - Erev Pesach - Daily Dvar Halacha - When Exactly Do I Stop Saying Mashiv Horuach? ...

   
 

Pesach 5776 - Believe in What you Know Then Live by Your Belief

Tomorrow evening Jews across the world geography and across the world history will be sitting down to their Seder table. As a member of this exclusive people I ...

   
 

Divrei Torah on Pesach

[Ed. Note] Out of the respect and recognition of the impact made by longtime BJL friend and contributor, Reb Shaya Gross, z’l, we will maintain a living m...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Pesach Table: “The Hostile Takeover”

There is a mitzva to destroy chometz before Pesach. One way we get rid of chometz is by burning it. Another way we get rid of chometz is by selling it to a non ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 21, 2016 13 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Should I Use A Candle For The Search For Chametz?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. , 2016  13 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Should I use a candle for the search for Chametz? ...

   
 

Pesach 5776 - Genuinely Inspiring Others

A primary purpose of the Seder is to inspire our children, family and guests with a love for Hashem, the mitzvos and the Torah. How can we best accomplish this ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2016 12 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - What Is Count Of Omer?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2016  Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha -  What Is Count Of Omer? ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Haggadah Series - Part I - Teaching the Foundations of Faith (Audio)

We have constant reminders in our daily tefillos and throughout the Torah that Hashem is our G-d Who took us out of Mitzrayim. There are four explanations to th...

   
 

Pesach 5776 - Carpas Diem

“Karpas!” We take a vegetable and dip it in saltwater. So begins the ‘action’ at the Seder. What vegetable should we use? How much do w...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 19, 2016 11 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Did G D Create The Counting Of Omer To Be A Sad Time?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 19, 2016  11 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Did G D Create The Counting Of Omer To Be A Sad Time? ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2016 10 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Wash The Dishes On Yom Tov Any Way I Please?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2016  Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Wash The Dishes On Yom Tov Any Way I Please? ...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 17, 2016 9 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Can I Put Margarine On My Matzah?

Baltimore, MD - Apr 17, 2016  9 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Can I Put Margarine On My Matzah?  ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Pesach 5776

In just a week from now we will be celebrating the holiday of freedom, Pesach.  We will recline, drink wine, eat Matzah and enjoy a festive meal with famil...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Metzorah - Sefirah, Counting from Impurity - 7th Aliyah

Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas  Metzorah - Sefirah, Counting from Impurity - 7th Aliyah Right-click here to download to listen...

   
 

Parshas Metzora - What’s So Bad About Loshon Hara?

 This week’s parsha continues to discuss the sin of loshon hara. When one thinks about it, the severity of this sins seems almost illogical and count...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 14, 2016 6 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh A Speck Of Kitniyos Landed On My Pesach Food!

Baltimore, MD - Apr.14, 2016  6 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh A Speck Of Kitniyos Landed On My Pesach Food! ...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: “The Mysterious Eavesdropper”

This week’s Torah portion begins with the purification process for one who has tzaras, a spiritual skin disease. One who has tzaras is...

   
 

Pesach 5776 - Long Distance Communication

As we approach the holiday of Pesach I will forgo addressing the lessons that lie in our weekly Parsha, Metzorah, and look towards the Pesach Seder. There is no...

   
 

Parshas Metzora - Father! It’s Time to Come Home

ווען די טאטע קומט אהיים פון שול, טוט ער זיך אן די ווייסע קיטל, און ער מאכט "שנעל" קידוש, כדי...

   
 

Parshas Metzora - Talk is Cheap; Be Quick to Heal, No to Judge

With speech comes the power to raise up and to bring down, to pray to God and to demean others.   Speech is also easy and, too often, used thoughtless...

   
 

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 13, 2016 5 Nissan 5776 - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh A Speck Of Kitniyos Landed On My Pesach Food!

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 13, 2016  Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Uh Oh A Speck Of Kitniyos Landed On My Pesach Food! ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr. 12, 2016 - 4 Nissan 5776 - Kitniyos Laws Extend To Popcorn, Tofu And Many Other Items

Baltimore, MD - Apr 12, 2016  4 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Kitniyos Laws Extend To Popcorn, Tofu And Many Other Items ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr. 11, 2016 - 2 Nissan 5776 - What Kind of Horseradish?

Baltimore, MD - Apr 11 , 2016  Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha -  What Kind of Horseradish? ...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - Bean Counter

This Sunday, 2 Nissan, marks the yahrtzeit of my Bubbie. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmasah, Yehudis bas Reuv...

   
 

A Different Kind Of Rosh Hashanah!

Depending on who and when you ask the Jewish year either begins in the month of Tishrei, at Rosh Hashanah time, or a couple of weeks before Pesach in Nissan. ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr. 8, 2016 - 29 Adar Sheni 5776 - Do I Have To Have Wine At The Seder?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 8, 2016  29 Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Do I Have To Have Wine At The Seder? ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Tazria

God spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying:  If a man has on the skin of his body: A white blotch or a bright spot …. The Priest shall pronounce him ritu...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - Parshas HaChodesh

“Va’yomer Hashem el Moshe v’el Aharon b’eretz Mitzraim lai’mor: Hachodesh ha’zeh lachem rosh cha’da’shim, rishon...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Tazria - Only in Eretz Yisrael - 7th Aliyah (Audio)

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Tazria - Only in Eretz Yisrael - 7th Aliyah Right-Click to download...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - Arrived! Dedicated To One Clever Young Man, Moshele Frand, On The Occasion Of His Bar Mitzvah!

נוצר תורה בן מבין  - משלי כח , A ‘wise son’ observes the teachings משה בן יעקב נתנאל  = הַ...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - A Fresh Perspective On Loshon Hara

This week’s parsha discusses tzaraas, a spiritually-caused physical affliction that was primarily the result of Loshon Hara, gossiping or speaking negativ...

   
 

Parshas Tazria -The Broken Heart Completes the Job

This week we will read from two Torah scrolls. From the first scroll we will read the weekly Parsha of Tazria and from the second scroll we will read Parshas Ha...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: “The Jewish Russian Commando”

This week’s Torah portion discusses the mitzva to perform a circumcision on one’s son on the eighth day. (Vayikra 12, 13). If one cannot get a bris ...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - In the Eye of the Beholder?

What makes a photograph museum worthy?  What is it about the photographer’s eye that allows him to take a memorable shot?  After D-Day, tens of...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr. 7, 2016 - 28 Adar Sheni 5776 - Can I Drink Wine On Erev Pesach?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2016 28 Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Can I Drink Wine On Erev Pesach? ...

   
 

Listen: Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Tazria - If It's Completely Bad Then It's Good?! (Audio)

When a metzora (leper) gets tzaraas (leprosy) which covers his entire skin, he is pronounced pure. This seems to be a great irony, as he is completely affected ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr. 4, 2016 - 25 Adar Sheni 5776 - Should I Make The Bracha On Blossoming Fruit Trees Now?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 4, 2016- 25 Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Should I Make The Bracha On Blossoming Fruit Trees Now? ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr. 3, 2016 - 24 Adar Sheni 5776 - What is a Karpas?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 3, 2016  24 Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - What is a Karpas?  ...

   
 

Bitul Chometz – A Brief Overview and History

We say this text in Aramis just before Pesach every year. We recite it once in the evening and again in the morning. What is behind the wording of Bitul Chometz...

   
 

Parshas Shmini/Parah - 8th in Thirds

This past Sunday, the 17th of Adar II, marked the yahrtzeit of R' Moshe Fuller, z"l, of Ner Yisroel. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nis...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - The Eighth Day

“Va’y’hee ba’yom ha’shemini kara Moshe l’Aharon u’l’vanav u’l zeeknei Yisrael w It was on the eighth day, ...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - Can Jewish Leaders Work Together?

We are waiting for the Shechina to come down. It’s not happening! What can we do? “And it came to pass on the eighth day of inauguration of the Mi...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Apr.1, 2016 - 22 Adar Sheni 5776 - What is Shabbos Parah?

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 1, 2016  Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - What is Shabbos Parah? ...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - Don’t Be a Chazir – or a Pig’s Foot

We are what we eat – and how we eat. This week’s parsha spells out the numerous laws of kosher and un-kosher wildlife. The Torah dedicates an entir...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - Don’t Just Keep Kosher, Be Kosher!

“Is that product kosher?” “Does he engage in kosher business practices?” “He is truly an אדם כשר, a kosher person!” ...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - True Kindness

This week’s parsha details which animals and fowl may or may not be eaten according to Torah Law. The Ramban explains that the reason why certain birds an...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Mar. 31, 2016 - 21 Adar Sheni 5776 - Can I Make Early Pesach?

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31, 2016 -  21 Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Can I make early Pesach? ...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - It Is Not About Health...

The Book of Vayikra is called 'The Laws of the Kohanim'. A kohein is a person dedicated to the service of HaShem which requires a level of holiness. T...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: “Of Mezuza and Ham”

In this week’s Torah portion, once again, we find many of the mitzvos that deal with eating kosher food. How would you answer the following true story tha...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - Deeper Meanings and Understanding; The Stork and What its Name Means for Us

Hebrew, filled with beauty and poetic power, is a language in which words carry deep, sacred import in addition to its “plain meaning” and historica...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Mar. 29/30 2016 - 19/20Adar Sheni 5776 - Mayim Shelanu / 18 Minute Matzah

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 29/30 2016  19/20 Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha: Mayim Shelanu: 18 Minute Matzah ...

   
 

Fidel Castro Responds To Obama In Lengthy, Bristling Essay

Havana -  Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - A Gantz Yahr Purim - Every Day is Purim!

When bringing a sacrifice the person performing the service must maintain proper thought throughout the entire service. Although he must be conscious of whom...

   
 

Pesach 5776: A Boost in Emunah

Moshe Rabbeinu enacted that we must study the halachos of Pesach 30 days before it begins as well as on Pesach itself. A minority view (Ran and Rashba) has un...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - “Small” Actions Make Great People

Tzav begins by describing the first duty of the Kohen as he began the day’s services, known as “Removing of the Ashes” (Terumos Hadeshen). In ...

   
 

Purim 5776: Political Posturing

For this year’s Purim shtikle, I offer a very simple observation which ties in interestingly with the wild and wacky political season in which we find our...

   
 

A Deeper Look at Matanas L’Evyonim

The picture posted above has some serious money being transferred. But that is how it should be – at least according to the Rambam and Mishna Brurah. We s...

   
 

Purim 5776: The Incredibly Relatable Message Of Purim

A couple of fundamental questions regarding Purim:   1) The era of Purim was one of our lowest spiritual points in history (see Sanhedrin 105a). We had s...

   
 

Purim 5776: We Are One Community, Unity, and the Command, “Be Drunk on Purim”

Rava said: It is one's duty levasumei, to be intoxicated on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between arur Haman (cursed be Haman) and barukh Mord...

   
 

Purim 5776: The Evidence in the Barrel

Back in a previous lifetime, when I was a mesivta rebbe, I once heard a menahel exhort our talmidim to not get carried away on Purim.  As an illustration, ...

   
 

Watch: DAILY DVAR - Mar 23 2016 13th Of Adar 2 - Main Things To Remember On Purim!

Baltimore, MD - Mar 23 2016 13th Of Adar 2.      Main Things To Remember On Purim! ...

   
 

The Origins And History Of Purim Costumes

It is surely not one of our run-of-the-mill minhagim. Generally, our minhagim deal with simanim—signs that indicate good mazal rather than bad fortune. ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Mar. 20, 2016 - 10 Adar Sheni 5776 - So Exactly How Much Should I Drink At The Purim Seuda?

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 20, 2016  Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - So Exactly How Much Should I Drink At The Purim Seuda? ...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Mar. 18, 2016 - 8 Adar Sheni 5776 - Why Don't We Just Forget About Amalek?

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 18, 2016  Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Why Don't We Just Forget About Amalek? ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra/Zachor - Amaleik on my Mind

Once a year, we are required to recall the dastardly acts of the nation of Amaleik in attacking us abruptly upon our exit of Egypt. We are given two instruction...

   
 

UPDATED as of friday, MAr. 18 11:35 AM - BDE: Rabbi Hillel Klavan, ZT'L

Baltimore, MD – Mar. 14, 2016 - It is with deep regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Rabbi Hillel Klavan, ZT'L...

   
 

Parshas VaYikra - Choose to Shine

When Moshe came down from Mount Sinai, the second time, his face was shining. The Torah describes this as ‘karan ohr panev’. ‘ His face was ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas VaYikra - Fear of Heaven and Doubt - 7th Aliyah (Audio)

Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas VaYikra - Fear of Heaven and Doubt - 7th Aliyah  Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas VaYikra - Is Failure Always Such A Bad Thing?

“If a leader [of Israel] sins and unintentionally commits one of all the commandments of the L-rd, which may not be committed...then he shall bring his of...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas VaYikra/Parshas Zachor: Remember Not To Forget

“You shall remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you went out of Egypt, how he happened upon you on the way and cut off all the stragglers at y...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on 7 Adar - Bringing the Jewish People Together (Audio)

In this speech given at a Zayin Adar Seudah to the Chevra Kadisha members, we discuss different aspects of chessed involved with the story of Purim. We are one ...

   
 

Watch Rav Eliezer Ginsburg On “Stop the Talking in Shul" (Video)

Rav Eliezer Ginsburg On “Stop the Talking in Shul" ...

   
 

Parshas VaYikra - Who's Calling, Please?

זכור את אשר עשה לך עמלק בדרך בצאתכם ממצרים אשר קרך בדרך ויזנב בך כל הנחשלים אחריך ואתה עי...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: “Excluding Doctors From A Shul”

This week’s Torah portion, Vayikra,  discusses many of the korbanos (sacrificial offerings in the Temple). Nowadays we no longer have these offerings...

   
 

Parshas VaYikra - Build A Fence To Protect You From Yourself Oops! Is No Excuse

“As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance. They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life,...

   
 

Parshas VaYikra - Purim Prep Part II

Stumbling After Our Sweet Tooth “כי כל שאר וכל דבש לא תקטירו – You shall not offer any kind of leavening, or any kind of honey...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas VaYikra - Korbanos & Purim (Audio)

When a person brings a korban, they are offering the animalistic part of themselves to Hashem. A person should strive to channel all of his desires heavenward...

   
 

Video: Daily Dvar Halacha - Mar. 13, 2016 - 3 Adar Sheni 5776 - What If The Only Megillah We Have Is Missing Words!

Baltimore, MD - Mar. , 2016  Adar Sheni 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - What If The Only Megillah We Have Is Missing Words!  ...

   
 

The Whys and Wherefores of Parshas Zachor

Question #1: Homebound “As a mother of several small children, it is not easy for me to go out on Shabbos to hear Parshas Zachor. Am I required to do so?...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - The Gold Standard

In the beginning of this week's parsha, the sum total of all the metals used for the mishkan is given. Ibn Ezra (38:24) and many other commentaries point o...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Accountability

“Ey’leh f’ku’dei haMishkan, Mishkan ha’eidus, asher pukad al pi Moshe … w These are the reckonings of the Tabernacle, the T...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - 20/20 Foresight – Pre-Purim Edition

The gemara (Taanis 29a) compares and contrasts our behaviors in the months of Av and Adar. We’re told that just like we should decrease our simcha as the ...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Finding Our Purpose

Whatever happened to Betzalel? The Talmud tells a story. Rabbi Tarphon was ill and his very important friends, Rabbi Akiva, Rabban Gamliel and others, came to...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Eternal Dividends

"These are the accountings of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of testimony, which were accounted at Moshe's bidding." (38:21) The construction of the Mishkan and...