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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 27, 2016 21 Sivan 5776 - Why Mechitza?

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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 26, 2016 20 Sivan 5776 - Drinking Out Of A Bottle? O.K.?

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Parshas Be'haaloscha - The Needs of the Few

The Torah recounts that as B'nei Yisrael brought what would be their only Korban Pesach during their sojourn in the desert, there were individuals who were...

   
 

Parshas Be'haaloscha - A Little Bit Of Light

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him: "When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall cast their light toward the face of the menorah...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 24, 2016 18 Sivan 5776 - According to the Talmud Don't Drink This Way!

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Maharal on Parshas Behaaloscha - Being 'Taken', The Year at Sinai, The Cloud of Succos (Audio)

Maharal on the Parsha - Behaaloscha - Being 'Taken', The Year at Sinai, The Cloud of Succos Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Be'haaloscha - The Jewish People Complain About Provisions in the Midbar

I. Man Does Not Live on Quail Alone!  P’shat  “V’ruach nasa mai’ais Hashem va’ya’gaz sal’veem min ha’...

   
 

A Dying Mother's Wish: Please Do Not Tell My Parents - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses one of the sources for the Mitzva of praying to Hashem when one is in need. The Torah writes, "When you go to wag...

   
 

Parshas Be'haaloscha - Jewish Transitioning

This week's Parsha teaches us the protocol which governed the traveling itinerary of our people’s 40 year trek through the desert before entering the...

   
 

Parshas Be'haaloscha - What Will I Be Like In The Next World?

Over the course of their 40 years traveling through the desert, the Jewish nation complained to Moshe Rabbeinu on multiple occasions. Moshe seemed to be able to...

   
 

Parshas Be'haaloscha - Individuality

[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...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 23, 2016 17 Sivan 5776 - Eating in the Street?

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Parshas Be'haaloscha - Don't Put Your Kids to Sleep!

The school year has once again ended. The children are joyous, happy to be free from the ‘constraints’ of school and eagerly awaiting the joys of &l...

   
 

Parshas Be'haalotcha - To Teach To Inspirre

In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.        &...

   
 

Suiting Up for Battle

I confronted the yetzer hara in the flesh yesterday. I prevailed in this round. Or at least I think I did, but with the yetzer hara one really never knows for s...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 22, 2016 16 Sivan 5776 - Stop Learning To Say Aleinu With Congregation?

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Beha'aloscha - Menorah and Human Initiative

In the beginning of Parshas Beha'aloscha, Aharon is commanded to light the menorah. Hashem does not need the light-He is the source of all light in the w...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 21, 2016 15 Sivan 5776 - How Important Is Aleinu?

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The Contemporary Kosher Bakery and its Halachic Issues, II Separating Challah

In a previous week, I sent out an article that dealt briefly with many of the issues germane to providing kosher supervision at a bakery. This article will disc...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 19, 2016 13 Sivan 5776 - Shoes On While Sleeping On A Plane?

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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 17, 2016 11 Sivan 5776 - Special Bracha on the Dead Sea?

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Parshas Naso - Source of All Blessing

[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...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Naso - Moving Forward While Looking Back

This week’s Parsha, continues with the theme of counting the tribal families and enumerating their responsibilities and tasks.   The Torah begin...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Old Technology; Self Calibration

Within the human psyche Man is blessed with a natural moral compass that identifies given behaviors as appropriate and other behaviors as inappropriate. Neverth...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Why Did Hashem Create Me?

Hashem wrote the Torah in order to be our “instruction manual” to life, and wrote it in such a precise manner and with such infinite wisdom that wit...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Where is the Ring?!

ויהי ביום כלות משה להקים את המשכן (במדבר ז א), It was on the day that Moshe finished erecting the Tabernacle... The word used...

   
 

"The Electronics Thief" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses a case where someone stole money from a convert and wanted to make amends for his theft (See Bamidbar 5,6 and Rashi th...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 16, 2016 10 Sivan 5776 - When Called To The Torah For An Aliyah Act With Decorum

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Parshas Naso - Rodef Shalom; Peace, Peace You Shall Pursue

We live in a world of turmoil – political, geopolitical, spiritual.  Too often it seems that turmoil and strife are fundamental to our natures, but t...

   
 

Traffic Alert: Avoid Corner of Park Heights and Strathmore

Baltimore, MD – June 16, 2016 –  9:18 AM - Please avoid the corner of Park heights and Strathmore as emergency personnel approach a traffic acc...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Naso - The Nazir: Separation from the Physical (Audio)

A nazir chooses to separate himself from certain pleasures of this world, like drinking wine. He can achieve a very lofty spiritual level through his abstenti...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 15, 2016 9 Sivan 5776 - Touch the Torah With Your Bare Hand?

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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 14, 2016 8 Sivan 5776 - Study Torah Anywhere?

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The Mitzvah of ViKidashto - To Treat a Kohen with Respect

Since the kohen’s role is significant both in parshas Naso, read this week in chutz la’aretz, and in parshas Beha'aloscha, read in Eretz Yisroe...

   
 

Shavuos 5776 - Getting Personal

Shavuous will soon be upon us and the joy that it brings as we remember the romance that HaShem displayed to us as He decorated Mount Sinai with flowers as one ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Bamidbar - 7th Aliyah - Hidden Kedusha (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - June 10, 2016 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Bamidbar - 7th Aliyah - Hidden Kedusha Click here to listen...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Bamidbar - Lineage & Legacy

It begins with a count.  The fourth book of the Torah, Bamidbar begins with a simple tallying of the tribes. But why was this necessary?  At first gla...

   
 

Shavuos 5776 - Humility is Not Weakness

In the delightful book, “The Little Prince” by Antonine de Saint-Exuperyt there is a scene in which the Little Prince takes credit for the sunrise i...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Success

 In this week’s Parsha, Hashem commanded Moshe to count the Levi’im, including their newborn babies from the ages of 30 days old and up (3:15)....

   
 

Shavuos 5776 - The World’s Power Source

Before Hashem gave the Torah to the Jewish people, He sent an angel to offer it to the other nations of the world. When the angel of Hashem offered it to the na...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - The Lessons of Bamidbar

…you can’t tell the players without a program... - anonymous ballpark vendor   Everyone needs guidance.  No one would want a surgeon ...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: "Disturbing the Crime Scene"

Shavuos is the holiday that focuses on the greatness of learning and teaching Torah. This week’s Torah portion, Parshas Bamidbar also refers to the import...

   
 

Shavuos 5766 - Cholov Yisroal

The Rabbis give us a fascinating insight into one aspect of preparation that Moshe undertook to make himself fitting to speak with HaShem and stand on Har Sinai...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 8/9, 2016 2/3 Sivan (Rosh Chodesh) 5776 - Forced to accept the Torah? Brachos on Shavuos Morning

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Parshas Bamidbar - Mystical Connections: the Midbar and Matan Torah

“Va’y’daber Hashem el Moshe b’Midbar Sinai … lai’mor w Hashem spoke to Moshe in the Wilderness of Sinai … saying."&n...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 7, 2016 1 Sivan (Rosh Chodesh) 5776 - Why read the story of Rus on Shavuos?

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Shavuos 5776 - Total Immersion

Three thousand, three hundred and twenty eight years ago we undertook a remarkable mission. It was a daunting one, filled with many challenges. Whether it was t...

   
 

Making Dairy Bread II

Question #1: The Whey to Celebrate Shavuo “May I add dairy ingredients to bread that I intend to serve with a milchig meal on Shavuos?” Question ...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Friendship

 How valuable is it to have peace among friends and family? Priceless. In fact, the climax of all of the many material blessings mentioned in this week&rsq...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - I Love You and I Will Not Be Disgusted by You

[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...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Choose To Be Happy

“In memory of my father in law Matisyahu ben Chaim Refael Poliakoff and his father Chaim Refael ben Menachem Mendel, whose Yohrtzeits we are commemora...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Always Purposeful

If you follow My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them, I will give your rains in their time, the Land will yield its produce, and the tree of t...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Bechukosai - Meeting at Sinai - 7th Aliyah (Audio)

Parshas Bechukosai -  Meeting at Sinai - 7th Aliyah (Audio) Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Re-acception

Parshas Bechukosai 5776 We must read Parshas Bechukosai before Shevuos. But it has nothing to do with the seder of Kriyas HaTorah that we currently have in pla...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Know Your Roots

Today, 25 Iyar is the yahrtzeit of my mother. This week’s shtikle is dedicated le’iluy nishmasah, Tzirel Nechama bas Tovia Yehuda. Tuesday, 23 Iyar...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 2, 2016 25 Iyar 5776 - Why Can't I Make A Mezonos On A Mezonos Roll?

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Parshas Bechukosai - Down, But Never Out!

Dedicated to the silent heroes who fight quiet battles and never give up. We read this week the Tochacha, the Admonition, the series of ‘curses’ th...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Not a Negative Does Not a Positive Make; Respect & Praise in the Age of Criticism

There is a recurring trope in comedy movies in which a leader addresses a group, asking for volunteers to “step forward.”  Of course, no one st...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 1, 2016 24 Iyar 5776 - Mezonos Roll On An Airplane?

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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 30, 2016 22 Iyar 5776 - Wash For Bread In An Airplane Bathroom?

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Missing the Reading II

Question #1: The Missing Speaker The audience waited patiently for the guest speaker from America who never arrived, notwithstanding that he had marked it care...

   
 

Parhsas BeHar - Going Casual

The Torah tells us in stark terms what the outcome will be if we do not live up to specific expectations. The recurring theme is that we must not do what is de...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas BeHar - The Power of Words

“And you shall not wrong, one man his fellow Jew, and you shall fear God, for I am the Lord, your God (Vayikra 25:17).” The Torah is replete with l...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Behar - Servants of Hashem - 7th Aliyah (Audio)

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Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 27, 2016 19 Iyar 5776 - Look At Both Hands During Havdala?

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Parshas BeHar - It’s About Time: For You ...

“Hachodesh hazeh lachem rosh chadashim …  w This month shall be for you the beginning of months."  Exodus 12:1 “U’s’fa...

   
 

Parshas BeHar - The Island

The Torah states that every 7th year is “Shemittah", during which the Jews who live in Eretz Yisrael (Israel) cannot work their land and must keep it fall...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: "The Wedding Ring Fraud"

This week’s Torah portion discusses the mitzvah of not overcharging and cheating in business, as the Torah says, And if you sell something . . . or buy fr...

   
 

Parhsas BeHar - Prevention is the Best Medicine

The sefer Ta'amei HaMinhagim (page 251) writes that the Jewish month of Iyar is a time for refuah (healing). אייר is an acronym for אני ה' ר...

   
 

LaG Ba'Omer - An Overview

Many people have fond and fun recollections of Lag BaOmer outings back in their youth. Boys played baseball. The LaG BaOmer baseball game was always a mainstay ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 26, 2016 18 Iyar 5776 - Bows and Arrows on Lag Ba'Omer?

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Shavuos 5776 - The Numbers Don't Lie; Balance and Symmetry

There is perhaps no greater cultural image of Jewish life than the “fiddler on the roof”.  In him, we see ourselves seeking to find the balance...

   
 

Parshas Behar - Brothers and Others

וכי תמכרו ממכר לעמיתך או קנה מיד עמיתך אל תונו איש את אחיו (ויקרא כה יד), When y...

   
 

Parshas Behar - The Goal; Companionship not Destination

This week's Parsha, B’har, underscores our relationship to the Land of Israel in very descriptive terms. Throughout the Parsha the message is clear t...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 25, 2016 17 Iyar 5776 - Why Does Everyone Look At Their Nails During Havdala?

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Behar - Preparing for Kabbalas HaTorah II - Free Choice (Audio)

The brachos (blessings) associated with shemittah are expressed in similar language to the words that we say in the bracha (blessing) of Bareich Aleinu in Shemo...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 24, 2016 16 Iyar 5776 - Air Fresheners For Besamim At Havdalah?

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Missing the Reading

Question #1: The Missing Speaker The audience waited patiently for the guest speaker from America who never arrived, notwithstanding that he had marked it care...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 23, 2016 15 Iyar 5776 - Hold Besamin During Havdalah?

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Parshas Emor & Lag Baomer 5776 - Respecting Everyone

[Ed. Note:]  Out of the respect and recognition of the impact made by longtime BJL friend and contributor, Reb Shaya Gross, z’l, whose 2nd yahrzeit w...

   
 

Siyum on Shabbos for 2nd Yahrzeit of Shaya Gross, Z'L

Baltimore, MD - May 20, 2016 -  Tomorrow, Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Emor, 13 Iyar, is the 2nd Yahrtzeit of Shaya Gross, Z"L.  There will, IY"H, be a Si...

   
 

Parashat Emor: Questionable Lineage

At the beginning of this week's parsha, (21:2) we are told that a kohein, although he is not permitted to become temei meis, he is allowed to do so for his...

   
 

Parashat Emor: A Time for All Things

“And you shall count for yourselves, from the morrow of the rest day from the day you bring the omer as a wave offering seven weeks; they shall be complet...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 20, 2016 12 Iyar 5776 - Why Do Only Yeshivos Do The Half Repetition Of Shmoneh Esrai?

Baltimore, MD - May. 20, 2016  12 Iyar 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Why Do Only Yeshivos Do The Half Repetition Of Shmoneh Esrai? ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Emor - Maharal on the Parsha - Shabbos and Pesach, Conversion, Torah and Mesirus Nefesh (Audio)

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Emor - Maharal on the Parsha - Shabbos and Pesach, Conversion, Torah and Mesirus Nefesh Click here to listen...

   
 

Parashat Emor: Join The Ahronian Movement

There is a Midrash that at Aharon HaKohen’s funeral procession he was accompanied by 80,000 young Kohanim. There was a curious fact about all of these y...

   
 

Parashat Emor: Our Father In Heaven

This week’s parshah discusses the lechem hapanim (show-breads), which were featured in the Mishkan and Bais HaMikdash. The Gemara relates that when the Je...

   
 

Parashat Emor: Kiddush Hashem Even Through the Children

“V’lo s’cha’l’lu es shem kodshi v’neek’dash’ti b’soch B’nei Yisrael – Ani Hashem m’ka&rs...

   
 

A Moral Dilemma to Ask Your Family at the Shabbos Table: “The Beijing Hotel”

This week’s Torah portion discusses the mitzvah to make a Kidush Hashem (Vayikra 22,32). According to the Rambam (Rambam Hilchos Yesodei Hatorah , Chapter...

   
 

Parashat Emor: What a Difference!

In this week's Parsha, Emor, we find one specific mitzvah from which we can draw much encouragement in our day to day life. The mitzvah I refer to is kiddu...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 19, 2016 11 Iyar 5776 - Can I Use The Short Version Of The Repetition Of Shmoneh Esrai?

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Parashat Emor: In Tribute to Morton J. Macks, Z"L

This week's parasha, Emor, begins with the verse: וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה אֱמֹר אֶל־הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי ...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Today. Everyday. Change and the Challenge of Life

There is nothing permanent except change - Heraclitus .  It is told of a king who once offered his beautiful daughter and half his kingdom to anyone who ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 18, 2016 10 Iyar 5776 - Can I Talk While I Am Waiting for the Chazzan's Repetition Of Shemoneh Esray

Baltimore, MD - May. 18, 2016  10 Iyar 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - Can I Talk While I Am Waiting For The Chazzan's Repetition Of The Shemoneh Es...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Keeping Our Plates Full

 We are more than halfway through the Counting of the Omer. How has it impacted on us? Are we just focused on maintaining a streak, hoping we don’t...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Emor - Kohanim & Life (Audio)

A Kohen is not allowed to come in contact with a corpse, as its tumah (ritual impurity) is the antithesis of the work that the Kohen represents. A dead body is ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 17, 2016 9 Iyar 5776 - Collect Charity During The Repetition Of The Shmoneh Esrai?

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Post-Shmittah Awareness for the Eretz Yisroel and Chutz La’Aretz Consumer

If you are in Eretz Yisroel, you should be receiving this article on Parshas Behar. If you are in chutz la’aretz, you are receiving it the same week, but ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - May 15, 2016 7 Iyar 5776 - What is Behab?

Baltimore, MD - May. 15, 2016  7 Iyar 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - What is Behab? ...