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Parshas Pinchas - Zealotry in Pursuit of Dissension

We live in a time not just of paradox but of extreme impulses that call to mind Yeats, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 27, 2016 - 21 Tammuz - Change Tablecloth For Shabbos During 9 Days? Linen?

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Pinchas - The Moral Instinct (Audio)

Pinchas instilled a sense of mission within the Jewish people and the ability to react to the call of duty and stand up for what is right. Often, Hashem is wait...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 25, 2016 - 19 Tammuz - Can I Make A Siyum During The 9 Days On One Chapter?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 25, 2016 /  19Tammuz 5776 - Can I Make A Siyum During The 9 Days On One Chapter?  ...

   
 

Sifting the Makom HaMikdash

Recently, someone asked me a shaylah that involves what is probably one of the most heart-breaking issues I was ever asked. The question was: “Are there a...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 24, 2016 - 18 Tammuz - What Do I Do On The Fast?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 24, 2016 /  18Tammuz 5776 - What Do I Do On The Fast? ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Can You Hear Me Now?

This past Thursday, 15 Tammuz, was the yahrzeit of my wife's grandmother, Mrs. Shirley Yeres, Chaya Sheindel bas Alexander. The previous day was...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Balak: Maharal on the Parsha - Balak - Three Stops of the Donkey, The Small and Infinite Dust (Audio)

Maharal on the Parsha - Balak - Three Stops of the Donkey, The Small and Infinite Dust Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Humility VS Conceit

[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 Balak - Rise Up & Change!

Klal Yisroel were instructed not to wage war with Moav. Moav should have been relatively confident that they were not threatened by Klal Yisroel’s proximi...

   
 

"I Accidentally Read the Doctor's Mail, Can I Tell the Management?" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion talks about the blessings that Balaam gave to the Jewish people. In one of his more famous blessings, he said “How good ar...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Junk Food For The Soul

I don’t usually comment on world events but it’s difficult not to comment on the recent news from France, as some kind of response is needed .What...

   
 

Parshas Balak - “Why Have You Struck Me These Three Times?”

“Va’yeef’tach Hashem es pi ha’ason va’tomer l’Bilam, ‘Meh ah’see’see l’cha ki hee’kee’sa...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 22, 2016 - 16 Tammuz - Uh Oh Shabbos Is The 17 Of Tamuz! What Do I Do?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 22, 2016 /  16 Tammuz 5776 - Uh Oh Shabbos Is The 17 Of Tamuz! What Do I Do?  ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Building Unity, One Step at a Time: A Special Series for the Three Weeks Part I: Learning to Disagree

This essay is the first of a multi-part series on Jewish unity.  This series is dedicated in memory of Hallel Ariel Hy’d and Rabbi Miki Mark Hy&rsquo...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Stop To Smell The Roses

When Bila’am was traveling on his donkey to curse the Jewish nation, Hashem sent His angel of mercy to stop him (22:22). Despite his donkey refusing to mo...

   
 

When Do The Three Weeks Begin?

Several years ago, a certain Talmid Chacham could not find an available wedding hall to marry off his daughter. The only open date was the night of Shiva Assar ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Good Eye – Good Heart

This week’s Parsha, Balak, presents before us the story of Bilam, the man with the world's greatest ability to curse. Bilam’s power of cursing ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 21, 2016 - 15 Tammuz - Chicken During 9 Days?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 21, 2016 /  15 Tammuz 5776 -  Chicken During 9 Days? ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Calm Your Liver

Each day we pray for understanding. In the blessing of Daas-Wisdom, in the Shemona Esrei, we beseech G-d to grant us wisdom and understanding. There is an anom...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Longing for Light; The Jewish Year and the Spiritual Quest

As we enjoy the light of the summer sun, basking in its delightful warmth, it is possible to ask, “Have we gotten our calendar all wrong?  Are our lo...

   
 

The Three Weeks: The Parchment Burned...The Letters Ascended...(Photos)

We cried out to the Eternal from the harsh sting of Pharaoh’s whip.  We wept by the waters of Babylon, bereft that our glorious Temple had been destr...

   
 

Shaving And Haircuts During The Three Weeks

 Question #1: Bushy presenter “My company sent me out of town to meet a new client, and I forgot to have my hair cut before Shiva Asar BeTamuz. May ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 20, 2016 - 14 Tammuz - Decorating During 3 Weeks ? 9 Days?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 20, 2016 /  14 Tammuz 5776 - Decorating During 3 Weeks ? 9 Days?  ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Balak: Seeing and Speaking (Audio)

In the third aliyah of Parshas Balak, Bilaam's donkey speaks to him when he sees the donkey blocking their path. There are many elements of the story rel...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 19, 2016 - 13 Tammuz - Nail Cutting During 3 Weeks?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 19, 2016 /  13 Tammuz 5776 - Nail Cutting During 3 Weeks?  ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 18, 2016 - 12 Tammuz - New Shoes During the 3 Weeks?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 18, 2016 /  12 Tammuz 5776  New Shoes During the 3 Weeks?  ...

   
 

Tzaar Baalei Chayim

In Chutz La’aretz, this week parshas Balak is read, and in Eretz Yisroel, this is one of the rare years when we read parshas Pinchas before the Three Week...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 17, 2016 - 11 Tammuz - All Music Prohibited During the 3 Weeks?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 17, 2016 /  11 Tammuz 5776 - All Music Prohibited During the 3 Weeks?  ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Make Aliyah!

Today, 9 Teves, is the first yahrtzeit of my sister-in-law, Batsheva Yeres. The shtikle is dedicated le’iluy nishmasah, Batsheva Blima, a”h bas HaRa...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Live Normally

We mentioned last week that Parshas Chukas begins a new epoch in Jewish history. We have new people who comprise Klal Yisroel. For almost 38 years, there was no...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - The Logic Of The Heart

The Kotzker Rebbe is reported to have instructed his Gabbai to seek a Chazan with a good heart. A good heart, he said, is so much more powerful than a good vo...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 15, 2016 - 9 Tammuz - Singing During The 3 Weeks And 9 Days?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 15, 2016 /  9 Tammuz 5776 - Singing During The 3 Weeks And 9 Days?  ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - More Than What You See

When we left Egypt HaShem blessed us with three great leaders. Moshe, Aharon and Miriam. In this week’s Parsha, Chukas, Aharon and Miriam pass away. With ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Accepting What Comes Your Way

[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 Chukas - Parah-Aduma.Com

The purification process of the Parah Adumah (red heifer) is considered the quintessential “chok” – a mitzvah which seems to defy human logic ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Chukas - Building Up, Tearing Down

“The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh. Miriam died there an...

   
 

An Autopsy for a Large Life Insurance Claim - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion deals with the death and burial of Miriam. The Torah (Bamidbar 20:1) teaches that “Miriam died there and was buried there&...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 14, 2016 - 8 Tammuz - What Exactly Happened On The 17th Of Tamuz?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 14, 2016 /  8 Tammuz 5776     What Exactly Happened On The 17th Of Tamuz? &...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - To Sing a New Song... Our Children and Students

When I was a principal, I would often walk through the halls of my school during class.  When I did, I would glance in the classrooms and, even with the do...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Shtoltz!

Israel stood poised to enter the land. The easiest route to their destination would be to travel northward through the territory of Edom, the descendants of Esa...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 13, 2016 - 7 Tammuz - Can I Just Listen To A Shiur In The Morning Before The Bracha On Torah?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 13, 2016 / 7 Tammuz 5776 -  Can I Just Listen To A Shiur In The Morning Before The Bracha On Tora...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 12, 2016 - 6 Tammuz - Can I Think Torah Before The Bracha On Torah In The Morning?

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Chukas - Kibbud Av & The Parah Adumah (Audio)

Parah Adumah is the quintessential chok, a law which is impossible for us to understand. It is atonement for the chet ha'egel-the mother cow is coming to &...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 11, 2016 - 5 Tammuz - Can I Learn Any Torah Before The Bracha On Torah In The Morning?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 11, 2016 /  5 Tammuz 5776 - Can I Learn Any Torah Before The Bracha On Torah In The Morning? ...

   
 

Bishul Akum Problems in the Home

The Gemara (Avodah Zarah 37b) suggests that the source of the prohibition of bishul akum is from the Jews’ encounter with Sichon. Even though not all of u...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Free to Serve

This past Monday, we celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of our son, Efrayim. I have included a link to the pshetl he delivered in both text and video form as well as so...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 8, 2016 - 2 Tammuz - Put The Torah In A Special Holder Spot On A Bench?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 8, 2016 /  2 Tammuz 5776 -  Put The Torah In A Special Holder Spot On A Bench?  ...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Equality vs. Perfection

[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 Korach - Where is Your Ego Holding?

The story of Korach is complex. On the one hand we have Doson and Avirom who were known ba’alei machlokes and clear villains in the story. But we have ot...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Who I Am... and Who I am Not

Pirkei Avos 4:1 – “Ben Zoma says: … Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot, as it says, ‘When you eat of the labor of your hands, yo...

   
 

Parshas Korach - The Jew: Core Self Evaluation

In this week's Parsha, Korach, the Torah teaches us the tragic story of Korach. Korach was a cousin of Moshe and Aharon who was committed to undermine Mosh...

   
 

The Great Residential Cell Tower Feud - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week's Torah portion deals with the feud of Korach against Moshe and Aaron. Korach inspired many people to join him in his feud. In this week’s ...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Raise up a Song

Many years before the debacle of Korach, his great-great-grandfather, Yaakov Avinu, prophetically foresaw that trouble was already brewing. In Yaakov’s bl...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Who Says MY Prayers Are Powerful?

Our parsha begins with the tragic revolt led by Korach against Moshe and Aharon, in an attempt to question their claims of being Divinely-chosen and ultimately ...

   
 

Parshas Korach - A Good and Wise Wife; What Could be Better?

There is a reason that it is men who charge to war. When is the passion that drives a man to rise up to fight informed by the will of God?  When is his ru...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 7, 2016 30 Sivan 5776 2 Rosh Chodesh Tammuz - 1 Tammuz - Turn Your Back On The Torah?

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Korach - Korach & Moshe: The Arrogant versus The Humble (Audio)

Korach argued against Moshe Rabbeinu, saying that the entire community heard Hashem at Har Sinai, and Moshe should not be elevating himself as the one leader...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Earned Holiness

Korach the son of Izhar, the son of Kehath, the son of Levi took [himself to one side] along with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 6, 2016 30 Sivan 5776 1 Rosh Chodesh Tammuz - Why Do People Sit When The Torahs Go By At Hakafos!

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 5, 2016 /  Sivan 5776 - Why Do People Sit When The Torahs Go By At Hakafos! ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 5, 2016 29 Sivan 5776 - What Really Happens If You GD Forbid Dishonor Torah?

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Earthware and Earthenware

This week, the parsha reading in Eretz Yisroel is Chukas, and in chutz la’aretz, Korach. Since the earth is a major player in both parshiyos, I present: ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 4, 2016 28 Sivan 5776 - Do I Have To Stand For A Torah If I'm Seated Learning Torah?

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NY Governor Cuomo Lights One World Trade Center To Honor Life Of Elie Wiesel

This evening, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed the lights of One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire to be displayed in the blue and white colors of ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 3, 2016 27 Sivan 5776 - It's Not Loshon Hora It's True! Is It?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 3, 2016 /  27 Sivan 5776 - It's Not Loshon Hora It's True! Is It?  ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - No Comaprison

Last week, I neglected to mention the yahrtzeit of R’ Ephraim Eisenberg which was on Sivan 16. The delay is somewhat apropos as our son, Efrayim, just tur...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - In His Hands

Parshas Bahalosecha, Shlach, and Korach represent a dramatic turn in the direction of the history of Klal Yisroel. Up until this point, the life of Klal Yisroel...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Shelach - Following the Heart and the Eye - 7th Aliyah (Audio)

Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Shelach - Following the Heart and the Eye - 7th Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - July 1, 2016 25 Sivan 5776 - What If I Am Already Standing When The Torah Goes By Me?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  July 1 2016 /  25 Sivan 5776 -  What If I Am Already Standing When The Torah Goes By Me? ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - For The Love of Our Land

In this week’s Parsha, Sh’lach, we see how our people failed in their relationship to the Land of Israel. HaShem was about to take us into the Land ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Slow & Steady Wins the Race

[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 Shelach - A Divine Track Record

The drama unfolded quickly. The Spies came back from their expedition and reported that our enemies within Eretz Yisrael were giants and much too powerful to ov...

   
 

“The Professional Soccer Player” A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah potion discusses the mitzva to wear Tzitzit. (Bamidbar 15, 38) The following true story reflects an interesting moral dilemma that rela...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Shlach - We Surely Can

The drama unfolded quickly.  The spies returned from their reconnaissance mission to the Land of Israel and delivered a disastrous report.  They told...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Given Eyes to See

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. - Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost It is true you cannot tell a book by its cover.  Appearances...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 30, 2016 24 Sivan 5776 - Mechitza At A Mourner's House?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  June 30, 2016 /  24 Sivan 5776 - Mechitza At A Mourner's House?  ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Something to Cry About

ותשא כל העדה ויתנו את קולם ויבכו העם בלילה ההוא (במדבר יד א), The entire assembly raised up and issued their voice...

   
 

Can We Identify the Techeiles?

Parshas Shelach includes the mitzvah of wearing techeiles on our tzitzis. Rashi, in the beginning of Parshas Korach, mentions that the followers of Korach donne...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - June 29, 2016 23 Sivan 5776 - Mechitza at a Wedding?

Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  June 29, 2016 /  23 Sivan 5776 - Mechitza at a Wedding?  ...

   
 

Sheva Brachos At The Chasuna (Translation Of A Heretofore Unpublished Sefer Of Rav Elyashiv, Zatzal’s, Rulings On Nissuin)

This article is written in honor of the forthcoming marriage of the author’s daughter, Mirelle, to R’ Rephael Giller which will b’Ezras hashem...

   
 

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.?

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

   
 

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!

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  June 24, 2016 /  18 Sivan 5776 - According to the Talmud Don't Drink This Way! ...

   
 

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?

 Baltimore, MD  Daily Dvar Halacha -  June 23, 2016 / 17 Sivan 5776 - Eating in the Street? ...

   
 

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...