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Parshas Tol'dos - Why?

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, zt"l (Ya...

   
 

Parshas Tol'dos - We Are All Just A Little Bit Blind

 Yitzchak was blind.  Had he been able to see, the history of the world would have been different. Instead of giving his monumental blessing to his so...

   
 

Parshas Tol'dos - “Rich Pizza” A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses the story of how Esav sold the right of the firstborn to Yaackov. Many commentaries discuss how the right of the first...

   
 

Parshas Tol'dos - Express Yourself Before It’s Too Late

When Yaakov was impersonating Eisav in order to receive Yitzchak's blessings, he politely asked his father to "please stand up". The verse states that when...

   
 

Parshas Tol'dos -Avraham’s Chessed (Kindness) vs. Isaac’s Gevurah (Strength)

The following is an abridgment of an essay/overview by Rabbi Nosson Sherman in the expanded Bereishis commentary by Artscroll/Mesorah Publications (with some mi...

   
 

Parshas Tol'dos -The Nose Knows

Rivkah when seeking to compel Yitzchok to send Yaakov to her brother Lavan in Charan to search for  a suitable mate among her family, she first expresses h...

   
 

Parshas Tol'dos -The Cynic No Longer Whispers

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Toldos - Yaakov & Eisav: Oppositional Twins- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 30, 2016 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Toldos, we learn about the twins Yaakov and Esav. They represent two opposite worlds, with Esav ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Judge for Yourself

For some weeks now, I have been searching for some parsha­-based lesson to glean with respect to the tumultuous political season that has recently concluded...

   
 

The Palisades Con Man and Parshas Chayei Sarah

It was the talk in numerous shuls this past Shabbos. “Would you have given the man the twenty dollars?”  “No, I don’t trust anyon...

   
 

"Should We Kill the Cats?" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses Eliezer’s search for a wife for Yitzchak. Eliezer was looking for someone who would be kind and compassionate. T...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Disconnect!

The story of Hagar stretches over three parshiyos. Hogor is one oth e many interesting personalities in Sefer Bereishis. Some aspects of her personality are in ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Carry That Name

This week’s Parsha, Chayei Sarah, describes in great detail the saga of Eliezer, the servant of Avrahum, as he went to find a wife for Yitzchok. There are...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - A Battle of Wills

At the Badeken of a Kallah it is customary to bestow upon her the blessing Lavan, the brother of Rivkah, wished her before her departure to become the wife of Y...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Cool, Calm and Collected

The Torah relates that after Sarah passed away, Avraham's intense desire was to give her a proper burial in a place befitting of her greatness - the Ma...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Matchmaking; Holy Task

We think of the many things we do in our lives and the remarkable pressure we feel to perform.  We come up to bat in the bottom of the last inning, two out...

   
 

The Chattanooga Bus Tragedy and Halacha

The look of that crumpled school bus sends a chill down the spine of every parents. Three of the children were in fourth grade. One was in kindergarten, one in...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 23, 2016 - 22 MarCheshvan - Bracha On Salt?! (Video)

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Halachic Table Manners

Seeing Eliezer act appropriately as a guest reminds us to discuss a practical topic, dealt with in this article by a guest writer... The dictionary informs us ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 21, 2016 - 20 MarCheshvan - Do Tzedaka Before Davening?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 21, 2016 /  20 MarCheshvan 5777 - Do Tzedaka Before Davening? ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 20, 2016 - 19 MarCheshvan - Wash Before Davening With A Cup? Pour How Many Times?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 20 2016 /  19 MarCheshvan 5777 - Wash Before Davening With A Cup? Pour How Many Times? ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Gan Eden Revisited

 If you are familiar with R’ David Fohrman’s writings, you know that he has made a name for himself by advancing the concept of ‘overlapp...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Not for Prophet

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'ilui nishmas my brother Efrayim Yechezkel ben Avi Mori Reuven Pinchas, a"h, whose yahrtzeit is tomorrow, the ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 18, 2016 - 17 MarCheshvan - Must I Wear A Gartel When I Daven?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 18, 2016 /  17 MarCheshvan 5777 - Must I Wear A Gartel When I Daven? ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 17, 2016 - 16 MarCheshvan - Can I Daven In A Bath Robe?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 17, 2016 /  16 MarCheshvan 5777 - Can I Daven In A Bath Robe? ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Making A Lasting Impression

Three days after Avraham performed his own Bris Milah, the opportunity to do Hachnasas Archim (caring for guests) came knocking on his door. Despite being in pa...

   
 

Abraham’s Emoji: A Post-Election Message

Don’t let your differing values cloud the desire to see the good in others. We take the 2,000 emojis on the standard smart phone for granted, but emojis ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Bound to Be Happy

 Dedicated to my dear son Zecharya on the occasion of his Aufruf  and his upcoming marriage to Tami Elishkevitz “And the two of them went toget...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Chesed; Acts of Loving Kindness

Imagine this scene:   A gentleman, along in years, sits on the porch of his house on a warm, summer’s day.  The sun is high in the sky.&nb...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 16, 2016 - 15 MarCheshvan - Little Mitzvos?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 16, 2016 /  15MarCheshvan 5777 - Little Mitzvos? ...

   
 

"The Shul President Threw out His Cellphones" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses Avraham’s lengthy prayer to Hashem, attempting to save the wicked people of Sedom. There is a mitzva in the Tor...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Vayeira - The Akeidah - 7th Aliyah (Audio)

Akeidas Yitzchok was the ultimate test of Avraham Avinu, after which Hashem proclaimed that now he has true yiras elokim (fear of G-d). Until this point, Avraha...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 15, 2016 - 14 MarCheshvan - Learning Before Davening? How Good Is It?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 15, 2016 /  14 MarCheshvan 5777 - Learning Before Davening? How Good Is It? ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 14, 2016 - 13 MarCheshvan - Learning Before Davening?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 14, 2016 /  13 MarCheshvan 5777 - Learning Before Davening?  ...

   
 

It's About Time

The Gemara that discusses this topic includes a reference from this week’s parsha. Quiz Question #1: Mrs. Yunger gave birth to two healthy twin boys, e...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Lech Lecha 5777 - Avraham Praying With the Name of Hashem - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 11, 2016 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Lech Lecha 5777 - Avraham Praying With the Name of Hashem - 1st Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Dvar Torah Lech Lecha – The Shabbat Project

Shabbat:  Building our Future There are only two rituals in Jewish life – Brit Milah (circumcision) and Shabbat - that the Torah describes using the...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha -  Why Do We Do Mitzvos?

[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 Lech Lecha - Man On A Mission

In this week’s Parshah, Avraham Avinu traveled from Canaan to Egypt and back. On his way back home to Canaan, Avraham made sure to specifically stay at ea...

   
 

"Confiscate that Dog!" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses the travels (and travails) of Avraham, Sara, and her brother Lot, to Egypt. Avraham told the Egyptian officials that S...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Absolut Shabbat! - In Honor of the Baltimore Project Shabbat 2016

As Abraham and Sarah set out for the journey of their lifetime, heading towards the Promised Land, the very first detail Abraham attends to after arriving in th...

   
 

Why Trump Won – A Halachic Analysis

 The media will be discussing the election and how the surprising end came to be that Donald Trump was victorious for the next few days. The media are in a...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Lot, Who Are You?

Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, ...

   
 

A Chinuch Primer

 Question #1: May he bensch for me? “We packed sandwiches for a family outing. I made hamotzi and ate a small amount of bread. In the interim, all o...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 8, 2016 - 7 Tishrei - Long Conversations Before Davening In The Morning?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 8, 2016 /  7 MarCheshvan 5777 - Long Conversations Before Davening In The Morning? ...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky Dean,Yeshiva Toras Chaim At South Shore On Stop The Talking In Shul (Video)

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky Dean,Yeshiva Toras Chaim At South Shore On Stop The Talking In Shul ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Nov. 6, 2016 - 5 Tishrei - Uh Oh They Changed The Clock! Halachically That Changes...

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Nov. 6, 2016 /  5 MarCheshvan 5777 -  Uh Oh They Changed The Clock! Halachically That Changes... ...

   
 

The Rainbow and Halacha

One of the highlights of Parshas Noach is the promise that Hashem made never to destroy the world again with a flood. The sign of this promise is the rainbow. ...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Noach The Tower Of Peace

The Torah states that civilization had decayed so terribly in the eyes of Hashem, that He regretted having ever created man in the first place and decided to de...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Man Oh Man!

The well-known story of Noach and the great deluge surely yields its fair share of lessons and themes. Recently, a new thought came to mind, another idea that m...

   
 

Parshas Noach - The Joke’s on You!

One of the greatest mysteries is that of the Dor Haflaga, the Generation of the Dispersion. Where exactly did they do wrong? All we see from the apparent readi...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Striving for Greater Heights & Marcheshvan

 [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 li...

   
 

"Fancy Hotel Water" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

 This week’s Torah portion talks about the story of the destruction of society during the time of Noach. Our sages teach that this destruction was se...

   
 

Parshas Noach: Until the Waters Lap at Our Feet; Knowledge and Faith

Noach was a righteous man in his generation… - Breishit 6:9 Only a short few years ago, a hurricane formed in the mid-Atlantic.  The various weath...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Noach - (5 Audios)

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Noach:- Building & Destroying, Inside & Out- 1st Aliyah Click here to listen Darchei Noam - Noach - Unity as ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 31, 2016 - 29 Tishrei - If Eggs Were Left Overnight And A Bad Spirit Is On Them Can You Just Wash Them?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 31, 2016 /  29Tishrei 5777 - If Eggs Were Left Overnight And A Bad Spirit Is On Them Can You Just Wash Them...

   
 

Eating Before Feeding Your Animals

Question #1: Coffee and the concierge “Was Noach permitted to have his morning coffee before he brought all the animals breakfast?” Question #2: D...

   
 

BridgeGate and Halacha

Mark Sokolich, the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, has not had an easy time in life. He lost both parents by the age of thirteen, one after another. F...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 30, 2016 - 28 Tishrei - Hard Boiled Egg Left Overnight With Spices Mixed In, Is That Allow

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 30, 2016 /  28 Tishrei 5777 - Hard Boiled Egg Left Overnight With Spices Mixed In, Is That Allowed ...

   
 

Lets Start Shanyim Mikra V'Echad Targum Now: Reviewing the Sidrah Each Week

It is time to take seriously the Mitzvah – the obligation rather, of doing the weekly Torah portion with the Tzibbur. The purpose of this article is to m...

   
 

Parshas Breishis: A New Year of Discovery – Spiced With Passion

Not so many years ago, I was an avid tennis player. I really enjoyed the game – the physical activity, the hand-eye coordination, the strategy – and...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Looking Back

[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 Breishis - The Mind Body Debate

Many people know intuitively that Man is not simply just an intelligent animal. There is categoric distinction that separates him from animal. What is that dist...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 28, 2016 - 26 Tishrei - Can't Leave A Hard Boiled Egg Out Of Its Shell Overnight?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 28, 2016 /  26 Tishrei 5777 - Can't Leave A Hard Boiled Egg Out Of It's Shell Overnight? ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - The Bris & The Naming!

This coming Sunday, 28 Tishrei, is the Yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, z"l. This week's shtikle is dedicated leiluy nishmaso, Daniel Moshe ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Becoming the Creator

Why?  It is a simple question with which Rashi begins his expansive commentary on the Torah.  “Why must the Torah start with the story of creati...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Bereishis - A Unified Creation (Audio)

In the first aliyah of Parshas Bereishis, the entire story of creation is discussed. During the first six days, Hashem created different, disparate elements, ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Global Warming

In the midst of the joyous hakafos on Simchas Torah the saintly Reb Pinchos of Koritz suddenly stopped and  turned to his close disciple Reb Refoel, exclai...

   
 

Can I Call 9-11? A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion introduces the mitzva of Shabbos. According to the Sfas Emes, Shabbos is related to the word shavas, which means return. It is a...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 27, 2016 - 25 Tishrei - Is There A Makeup If You Forgot Mashiv Haruach?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 27, 2016 / 25 Tishrei 5777 - Is There A Makeup If You Forgot Mashiv Haruach? ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 26, 2016 - 24 Tishrei - What Do I Do With My Old Lulav And Esrog?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct 26 , 2016 /  24 Tishrei 5777 - What Do I Do With My Old Lulav And Esrog? ...

   
 

The Melachah of Setting Fires

Aside from our parsha teaching of the very first Shabbos, the brocha upon fire is recited motza’ei Shabbos because we then regain its use. This definitely...

   
 

Sukkos 5777 - Mazel Tov!

With overflowing gratitude to HaShem, we are overjoyed to announce the arrival of a beautiful little 8-pound baby boy this past Wednesday night. Both Mommy and ...

   
 

To Eat in the Sukkah or Not to Eat in the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeres...That is the Question

True, this is not quite Hamlet’s question, but it is one that is plaguing many a frum family. One of the general differences between Litvaks (Misnagdim) ...

   
 

Succos; Appreciating Value

Succos is almost upon us so I will forgo the opportunity of discussing this week’s Parsha, Ha’azinu, and focus on this most beautiful holiday. Succo...

   
 

"A Good Night's Sleep...or Not" A Moral Dilemma for the Yom Tov Table

As we all know, it is a mitzva to spend as much time as possible in a succah. This includes eating, sleeping and even socializing in the succah. However if one ...

   
 

Teshuva and Its Unique Relationship to Shabbos and Yom Tov

A New Understanding of ‘Shabbos Shuva’  As we all know, there is always one ‘plain’ Shabbos between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 20, 2016 - 18 Tishrei - Shopping on Chol Ha 'Moed?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 20, 2016 /  18 Tishrei 5777 - Shopping on Chol Ha 'Moed? ...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 19, 2016 - 17 Tishrei -Tfilin on Chol Ha Moed?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 19, 2016 / 17 Tishrei 5777 - Tfilin on Chol Ha Moed? ...

   
 

Polishing Shoes on Chol HaMoed

Hiking is a popular (and inexpensive) activity on Chol haMoed. One casualty of this activity, however, is often – the polish on one’s shoes. Is ...

   
 

Water Challah and no Dips? Really?

“What Water Challah? And no dips? I can’t have my dips?” Yes, the ideas presented herein are not so well-known, and the casual reader may be ...

   
 

The Sukkah Under the Nazis, Y"Sh

Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Rottenberg zt”l was the Rabbi of the Chareidi community in Paris, France under the Nazis y”sh. He was an outstanding Talmid Ch...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 16, 2016 - 14 Tishrei - Do Not Beautify Your Lulav By...

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 16, 2016 /  14Tishrei 5777 - Do Not Beautify Your Lulav By... ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Succos: 3 Shiurim (Audio)

Rabbi Moshe Hauer on  Succos - Succos - In Hashem's Hands Click here to listen The Torah of Succos Click here to listen Special Event - Hoshana ...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Discover Your Worth

A famous story is told regarding a disciple of the great Ramban who became an apostate. His former teacher inquired as to the reason he went astray. The student...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Hashem Hu Ha'Elokim

In the concise, yet powerful, rebuke contained in this week's parsha, we are warned (32:26) of a time when HaShem will consider our utter and complete dest...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 14, 2016 - 12 Tishrei - Should I Eat All Food In The Sukka?

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct.14, 2016 /  12 Tishrei 5777 - Should I Eat All Food In The Sukka? ...

   
 

Is Your Fridge Kosher?

MODERN TECHNOLOGY In the past 30 years or so, refrigerators have undergone numerous changes and upgrades in technology. These are wonderful in terms of incr...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Why Jews Sing So Much

Parshas Ha’azinu is described in the Torah as a “Shira” - “Song”, and is known as “Shira’as Ha’azinu” (31:...

   
 

Watch: Daily Dvar Halacha - Oct. 13, 2016 - 11 Tishrei - Right After Yom Kippur Please Remember

Baltimore, MD - Daily Dvar Halacha -  Oct. 13 2016 /  11 Tishrei 5777 - Right After Yom Kippur Please Remember ...

   
 

Parshas Ha'aiznu: Beyond Words

"האזינו השמים ואדברה ותשמע הארץ אמרי פי" “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! And let the earth hear the words of my mou...