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Special Edition - Listen to 6 Audios from Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Adar/Purim

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 1, 2017: Rosh Chodesh Adar- PTG: Using Challenges for Growth Pesach is the Yom Tov of distinction between the Jews and their oppressors,...

   
 

Yom Tov Sheni in Eretz Yisrael

This should be a great merit for Rav Avraham Ben Malka zt"l and Rav Asher Zelig Rubenstein zt”l One of the dilemmas which face yeshiva stu...

   
 

Rabbi Yisrael Motzen's Shabbos Address: Ignoring Cries, Silent Cries, and Prevented Cries Parshas Mishpatim

This morning I’d like to share with you three stories; the names and details have been changed and you will quickly see why. I received an email from ...

   
 

The Weekly Shtikle - Mishenichnas Adar

Today, 2 Adar, is the yahrtzeit of my Zadie, R' Yaakov Bulka. This special edition of the Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Cha...

   
 

Halchaic Analysis: Matanos L’Evyonim

One of the Mitzvos of Purim is that there is a mitzvah to give at least one gift to two different poor people on Purim day. Even a poor person who himself has r...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: It's All on You!

Today, 28 Shevat, marks the yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, R' Yitzchak Yeres, after whom our baby boy is named. The shtikle is dedicate...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: What's the Value of Your Neshama?

Parshas Yisro is the story of kabbolas Hatorah and Parshas Mishpotim continues with this story at the end—including the key phrase “Na’aseh Ve...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: Knowing When To Stop

The Torah speaks about the realities of life. The Parsha opens with a story about a man who has fallen on hard times. He has no funds and feels that he has no...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: Elevating the Mundane

[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 Mishpatim: What's So Bad About Nominal Interest?

In this week's Parshah the Torah teaches us about the prohibition of charging another Jew interest (for a loan). The intricacies of this law encompass a my...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: Keep it Movin’!

Written in honor of Yosef Chaim ben Avi and Meira Mandel, who I had the privilege of serving as his Sandek this week. May his beloved parents reap much yiddeshe...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Mishpatim: Mishpatim: Appreciating the Ramp

And these are the ordinances that you shall set before them (Exodus 21:1). It is in this week’s Parsha that the Jewish people transition from the surreal...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Mishpatim - Hashem's Concern for Justice- Third Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 23, 2017 - In the 3rd aliyah (section) of Parshas Mishpatim, many interpersonal laws are discussed, and Hashem promises that He will list...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: There Are No "Alternative Facts"

Such an odd sequence, to pledge to “do” before hearing what it is that you are to do!  When a people makes such a pledge before a king or a tyr...

   
 

Brachos - An Overview

REASONS FOR THE BRACHOS Generally speaking, there are four reason why the sages initiated the blessings. 1. To thank G-d for the specific item from which one ...

   
 

Lighting a Yartzeit Candle

This article is published l’ilui nishmas the author’s father-in-law whose yartzeit is today. It is the custom within Klal Yisroel to light a Yartze...

   
 

The Mitzvah Snatcher

CHAPTER 1 A QUICK DAVENING Yankel is in the year of mourning for his father and meticulously fulfills his filial responsibility to “daven in front of th...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: The Princess And The Pauper

When Hashem offered the Jewish nation the Torah, they ecstatically declared “Na'aseh Venishmah” (“we will do and we will listen”), ...

   
 

Watch! Yached Levaveinu: Where Baltimore's Rabbanim Share Divrei Torah - Rabbi Menachem Goldberger (Video & Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb 16, 2017 - Yached Levaveinu is an initiative to continue uniting the Baltimore Jewish community by giving a platform for every Shul Rav ...

   
 

“The High Pressure Hagbah” A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion we learn how Moshe sets up a system of judges to adjudicate claims between two parties. There is a mitzva for judges to adjud...

   
 

Merchant Cash Advances and Halacha

It is a relatively new business, where huge, huge profits are being made. Merchant Cash Advances (MCA) are also relatively safe for the investor. According to ...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: It Pays to be a Fool

The Torah records how ‘Yisro, the priest of Midian, Moshe’s father-in-law’ heard about the marvelous events that had transpired with the Jewis...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: To Him Who is Prepared

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success - Alexander Graham Bell   Dayeinu! Had He brought us to Mount Sinai, And not given us the Torah...

   
 

Tzohar Rabbis Under Fire for Marrying a Kohen And Divorcee

The Tzohar Rabbis organization is under fire for marrying a kohen and a divorced woman. The story begins in the summer of 5770, when the Ashdod Rabbinate ruled ...

   
 

A Case of a Hug and a Misidentification

It can happen anytime or anywhere, even at a Chasunah. “Suzie” approaches “Pessie” thinking she is “Rochel.” Suzie hugs Pess...

   
 

The Relationship between the Written and Oral Torah

I will begin our discussion by quoting the beautiful words of Rav Hirsch, explaining the relationship between the words of our written Torah and the laws of our...

   
 

Miracles Are Funny Things

Miracles are funny things. They are as elusive and ubiquitous. Perhaps you have experienced moments that felt miraculous.  Have you been in a car that hit ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Beshalach -Ramban on the Parsha (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 10, 2017 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Beshalach - Ramban on the Parsha  Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach - Hashem's Date of Salvation

Tu BiShvat always falls out within a week of Beshalach / Shabbas Shirah – on one side or the other. This year, of course, it falls out on the very day. Al...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach - On Our Team

[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 Bshalach - Lets Have an Argument - Dedicated to the memory of our uncle, Mr. Joseph Yudin, whose yahrtzeit is on Tu B'Shvat, Yosef ben Yehoshua Binyomin, Z'L

The Talmud (Sotah 37) gives us a glimpse of the internal politics among the tribes of Israel immediately preceding the splitting of the Red Sea. The tribes w...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach/Tu B’Shvat: Sensing the Sap

Every Shabbos is special, meaningful and uplifting.  Shabbos offers us the opportunity to reconnect with God, our family and our self.  But this Shabb...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach - Current Events

At the conclusion of last week's Parshah, the Egyptians finally allowed the Jews to leave Egypt. After 10 miraculous plagues, the promise that Hashem made ...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach - Land Ahoy!

This week we have a convergence of three powerful events. It is Shabbos Shirah, the Shabbos we recall the greatest of miracles, the splitting of the sea and the...

   
 

Tu B'Shvat - A Deeper View

It is an interesting picture – placed here to draw our attention to Tu B’Shvat – the Rosh HaShana for trees. Otherwise, we do not know too muc...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach/Tu BShvat - As Stands the Tree, So Stands the Man Singular and Strong

Rav Gustman tended a small garden outside his office at the Netzach Yisrael Yeshiva in Jerusalem each and every day.  Even while his students were in the B...

   
 

Helping Us Speak to Hashem: A Full and Complete Soul

Helping Us Speak to Hashem Regular readers have probably discerned that I have a special place in my heart for passionate people – for all those filled w...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Beshalach - Destroying the Threat of Mitzrayim- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 7, 2017 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Beshalach, the Jews turn back toward Mitzrayim, and the Egyptians come to chase after ...

   
 

Today, Tuesday, Feb. 7: Recite Parshas Hamon

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 5, 2017 - Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach, is a special day. Seforim tell us that it is extremely prudent to utilize this day to pray for parn...

   
 

Parshas HaMahn and Hishtadlus

Many people today will recite the parsha of the Mahn. It is a segulah to become wealthier if we recite this section (Shmos 16:4 until the Omer is one tenth of a...

   
 

The Basics of Techum Shabbos

Question #1: Camping sisters “My sister’s family and ours are each spending Shavuos at nearby campsites. We were told that we could get together at...

   
 

Watch! Yached Levaveinu: Where Baltimore's Rabbanim Share Divrei Torah - Rav Nesanel Kostelitz (Video & Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb 5, 2017 - Yached Levaveinu is an initiative to continue uniting the Baltimore Jewish community by giving a platform for every Shul Rav to sh...

   
 

Parshas Bo - What's in a Name?

In this week's parsha, Moshe and Aharon are given the commandment (12:2) of "hachodesh hazeh lachem rosh chadashim," establishing the month we know as Nisa...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Bo: Clothes Make the Man

They could almost taste it.  After 210 years of body and spirit breaking labor, the Jewish people were preparing to experience freedom and embrace their na...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Bo: Darkness, Light and Humility - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 3, 2017 - Bo 5777 - Darkness, Light and Humility - 1st Aliyah To listen click here...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Mountain Climbing

This week’s Parshah discusses the very first mitzvah given to the Jewish nation: Kiddush HaChodesh, the Sanctification of the New Month (12:2). This mitzv...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Here Lives a Jew

‘Passover’ is the most common translation for the holiday of Pesach that we celebrate each year. It simply accents the manner in which G-d passed ov...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Its' Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn - Rosh Chodesh and Parshat Bo

One might expect the observance of Rosh Chodesh, the New Month, to take place when the moon is full; when its luminance is most pronounced.  But Rosh Chode...

   
 

Quicken Loans and Halacha

At the behest of leading Poskim who reached out to the Five Towns Jewish Times, we are making this article available as a public service. First it was the thri...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - What's in a Name?

B”H we were zocheh to travel to Eretz Yisrael for a couple of weeks recently, in order to visit with children and grandchildren and also celebrate a grand...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Respecting an Evil Despot

In this week's Parsha, Parshas Vayeira, as well as in last week's Parsha, and next week's Parsha, we find Moshe, the messenger of HaShem, address...

   
 

Giving Deadly Intel To Terrorists - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses the plague of the frogs. The Gemara (Pesachim 53b) teaches us that our Sages have learned a lesson about Mesiras Nefes...

   
 

Parshas VaEira -Staying Inspired

Staying Inspired After the plagues of frogs, beasts, and hail, respectively, Pharoah begged Moshe to daven for his salvation in exchange for the emancipation ...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Beware of Crocodiles!

Moshe and Aharon are told by G-d to confront Pharaoh once again, warning him to release the Children of Israel or face the consequences of the plagues. In thei...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Denial...Doesn't Mean There Are No Consequences

Denial is not a river in Egypt A small child believes that by closing his eyes, the “monsters” he fears cease to exist. When Moshe foretold of the...

   
 

May a Synagogue Hire a Rabbi Who is Ineligible for a Minyan?

While this question may seem a bit bizarre at first glance, it is a disturbingly germane question. More and more, we are seeing a number of Open O’ Rabbis...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: Courage and Conviction

He was the greatest prophet of all time.  He was the man who would face down a powerful pharaoh, split the sea and spend forty days and forty nights on Mou...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Shemos 5777 - Transcending Generations - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Shemos 5777 - Transcending Generations - 1st Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - The Nobel Prize

When Hashem instructed Moshe to be His emissary to the Jewish people, Moshe was hesitant to accept his role, as he feared that it would hurt the feelings of his...

   
 

“Pain-Less Needles” A Mitzva Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion we find a reference to the prohibition to not hurt another person. Moshe saw Dasan and Aviram arguing and one lifted his hand...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - It’s Time to Come Home

After Pharaoh’s first attempt to crush the Jewish nation by imposing overwhelming physical burdens fails, as he observes the more he afflicts them the mor...

   
 

Parshas Shemot - Moshe Rabeinu; To Grow, To Become Great

New parents are always filled with excitement and apprehension.  This new child, their responsibility, is an amazing disruption.  Yes, disruption.&nbs...

   
 

Open O'ers and the Siddur

“Open O’ers? What is that?” We will get that, but first a piece about the Tefilah of HaNosain Teshu’ah, then a bit of news. The prayer...

   
 

Parshas VaYechi - When You Daven 'Bow' Down

This past Tuesday, 12 Teves, was the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Joseph Schechter of Ner Yisrael. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, ...

   
 

Parshas VaYechi - Not Mother Nature But Her Father

In this week’s Parsha, Vayechi, we find our father Yaakov on his deathbed surrounded by his 12 sons as he is about to reveal the date when his people will...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Vayechi 5777 - The Improbable Balance of Yaakov and Yosef - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - ja. 13, 2017 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Vayechi 5777 - The Improbable Balance of Yaakov and Yosef - 1st Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas VaYechi - Anchors Away!

At the center of this week’s parsha are the Birkas Yaakov. In his brocho to Yehudoh, Yaakov identifies Yehudoh as the one who possesses malchus. What is ...

   
 

Parshas VaYechi - Ani Yehudi

Whether it be Jew, Jude, Zhid, Juif, Yahud or Yid, all these terms of ‘endearment’ stem and evolved from that proud appellation, Yehudi. The blessi...

   
 

Parshas VaYechi - Why Today’s Mitzvos Are Priceless

In this week's parshah, Yaakov gives Ephraim and Menashe the following blessing: all future generations will bless their sons that they should be just like...

   
 

Parshas VaYechi - Heasfu - Assemble Yourselves

Schechina rests only upon one in a state of simcha… 2017 dawns on an age in which anger, negativity and personal animus is spiking across the nation and...

   
 

"A Precious Gem In The Grave" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion we find that Yackov asked to be buried in Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel. There is a mitzva to bury a dead body, and ...

   
 

The Going Rate of a Sheep – Why Jews Need to Know This

One may be wondering why we need to know the going price of a sheep. One also may think that it is some sort of gimmick to get you to read the article. However,...