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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,...

   
 

Pretzel Chicken and Halacha

Every so often a food comes along that literally takes over the market. Such has happened with a new food that is perhaps only 18 months old (at least in our c...

   
 

Psichas HaIgros - Seforim in Review

Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, writes that cornflakes are shehakol. But others disagree. Rav Feinstein, zt”l, ruled that Tefilah b’Tzibbur is onl...

   
 

Is a Position Inherited?

Question #1: The inherited shofar “Our shul’s longstanding shofar blower passed on. Are we required to appoint his son, when we would prefer to app...

   
 

Asarah B’Teives – Halachos and Insights

Saddam Hussein claimed that he was the reincarnation of Nevuchadnezzar. Yirmiyahu warned the nation of Israel about Nevuchadnezzar. What is Asarah B’Teive...

   
 

A House Built on Shabbos

Home construction is up, both locally and across the nation. Locally, many contractors are building homes to spec for Orthodox Jewish families, with dual ovens,...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash - Oh Brother! 

After Yoseif finally reveals his identity to his brothers the atmosphere appears to be rather tense. The tension is apparently broken when Yoseif engages in a t...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash -  The Cloud

In this week’s Parsha, Vayigash, Yaakov and his family make their fateful move to Egypt to be with Yosef because of the famine that ravaged the land of Is...

   
 

The Photoshopped Bar Mitzva - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion (Bereishis 44,20) we find that Yehuda told a lie. Yehuda told Yosef that Binyamin's brother was killed. Rashi writes tha...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash -  Accepting Challenges

 [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...

   
 

The Many Facets Of Asarah B'Teves (Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017)

Baltimore, MD 2017 -  Fast of Asara B’Teves, Sunday, Jan 8: Fast Begins: 6:01 AM Fast Ends: 5:51 PM Although to many the only notable aspect of the ...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash - Winning by a Neck

In a burst of pent-up emotion after having finally revealed his true identity to his brothers, Yosef ‘falls on his brother Binyamin’s neck and weeps...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash - Motivation

When Yosef finally revealed his true identity to his brothers, they were utterly speechless. Regarding their silence, the Midrash comments "woe to us on the day...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash - Are You Travelling in the Right Direction?

This week is the climax of the story of Yosef and his brothers. We will focus on two aspects of that story. Chazal tell us that the shevotim had first condemne...

   
 

Parshass VaYigash - Things Never Said

A young boy runs his fingers over the leather spine of the story book he receives as a Hanukkah gift.  He loves the feel of the beautiful lettering playing...

   
 

Stickering Up a Car: Is it Permitted?

It is frustrating to see thoughtlessly and or illegally parked cars. It is also quite maddening to see someone who parks his car so inconsiderately that he is m...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Vayigash - The Meetings of Kings- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 3, 2016 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayigash, Yehuda steps forth to speak with Yosef. This is a meeting of the two main leaders of t...

   
 

Disagreeing With the Shul Rav

[Please note: The halachos mentioned in this column are for discussion purposes. Please check with your own Rav or Posaik as to how to proceed exactly on a pers...

   
 

Can the Bar Mitzvah Boy Make Kiddush?

Bar Mitzvahs are exciting.  And everyone is so proud of the Bar Mitzvah boy, or rather, young man. “He davened maariv so beautifully on his ‘b...

   
 

How Are We Mechaneich?

Question #1: Chinuch and Chanukah Dr. Edward Ucater, Ed. D, asks me: “I know that teaching requires a lot of dedication, but what does chinuch have to d...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Chanukah: Many Shades of Illumination

It is not the most jarring or stirring of questions.  It is in fact quite simple in nature - what comes first?  On this Motzai Shabbos Chanukah (this ...

   
 

Rav Moshe Twersky, Hy”d, on The Monarchy of the Chashmonaim

Following the victory over the Greeks, the Chashmonaim assumed the monarchy of Klal Yisrael. This, despite the fact that they were Kohanim and not from Shevet Y...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz/Chanukah - Good Mourning

This coming Tuesday, 5 Teves, is the yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Israel Frankel. The shtikle is dedicated l'iluy nishmaso, Yisr...

   
 

"Ma and the Motorcycle" A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion we find a reference to the mitzva to honor your parents. When Yosef asked his brother’s about Yackov, they responded &l...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz/Chanukah - Yosef Hatzaddik and Chanukas Habayis

We all know the stories of ‘Yosef Hatzaddik’ (Joseph, the righteous one): How his brothers hated him (‘because of his dreams’) and how, ...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz/Chanukah - Be Happy!

A Freilichin Chanuka!      Chanuka Sameach!      Happy Chanuka! In whatever language one chooses to greet the...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz/Chanukah - The Best Gift Buyer

When the cupbearer presented Yosef to Pharaoh, he tried to denigrate him by describing him as a “young lad”, a “Hebrew (a foreigner)”, a...

   
 

The Great Social Experiment

Tiffany’s sells one five piece silver set of English King flatware for $830. Imagine, for a moment, that you just needed to purchase the smaller fork. Try...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Chanukah (2 Shiurim)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 28, 2016 - Click on the links below to listen to Rabbi Shmuel Silber deliver 2 shiurim on the subject of Chanukah. Light at all Costs &nda...

   
 

Chanukah 57777 - Lamed Vuv

[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...

   
 

An Israeli Bus Sign

One thing about being in Eretz Yisroel is that the every day signs and instructional directions often take on Biblical tones. For example, the instructions on b...

   
 

Boro Park Hospitals and Food For Guests

There is no question that Klal Yisroel does remarkable chessed. The bikkur cholim in hospitals throughout the tri-state area is truly remarkable – especia...

   
 

Why 8 Days?

We all know the famous question of the Beis Yosef (Orach Chaim 670) as to why we celebrate Chanukah for 8 days if the miracle of the oil was only 7 days, beca...

   
 

Flying High – A Traveler’s Guide to Kindling the Menorah

Question #1: “Rabbi…” I recognize Shlomo Rabinowitz’s voice on the phone. “My company is sending me to Japan next week, right in ...

   
 

Chanukah 5777 - What is Hidden is Never Lost; Rapa-Drediels, Portugal and the Marranos

Communal memories do not vanish.  They may become tenuous, fragile as wisps, as fragments, as shards of dreams.  But they remain.  Though the atr...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Vayeishev 5777 - Yaakov, Yosef and Their Brothers - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 23, 2016 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Vayeishev 5777 - Yaakov, Yosef and Their Brothers - 1st Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

The Combat Medic in Gaza - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion, we find that Reuven tried to save the life of Yosef. There is a mitzva in the Torah called lo samod al dam reacha ...

   
 

Chanukah: Eating Before Lighting

By the time most people usually get home from work, the time to kindle the Chanukah lights has already arrived. And by the time the whole family gets together t...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Chanukah and the War of the Kohanim

Chanukah and Purim are seen as celebrating two different kinds of experiences for the Jewish People. In the story of Purim we were threatened with physical ...

   
 

Parshas VaYaishev - Is Perception Reality?

A hearty Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece, Ruti Levy of Washington Heights, on her engagement to Yoni Epstein of Scranton, PA. This week's shtikle is ...

   
 

Rulings of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, on Chanukah

A short while ago, a sefer entitled “Siach Chaim” by Rav Yitzchok Ohevtzion was published containing letters back and forth between the author and R...

   
 

Parshas VaYaishev - The Power of a Kind Word

[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 VaYaishev - Looking For Hashem’s Benevolent Providence

In this week's parsha, Yosef's brothers sold him as a slave to a caravan of Arabs headed to Egypt. The Torah informs us that the wagon which the Arabs...

   
 

Parshas VaYaishev - The Shirt Off Your Back

Yosef oddly finds himself standing ‘shirtless’ twice in his lifetime. The first occurrence takes place when the brothers angrily strip him of the s...

   
 

Parshas VaYaishev - A Mile in His Shoes

How beautiful are thy feet in sandals… (Shir Hashirim 7:2) We are all blessed with gifts bequeathed to us by those who walked before us.  For some,...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Chanukah - To See the Light (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 21, 2016 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on  Chanukah - To See the Light: The lights of the menorah are not for illumination, as we are forbidden...

   
 

Non-Edible Oils for Lighting the Menorah

How is olive oil produced? There are approximately seven hundred olive varieties, or cultivars, whose distinctive tastes and aromas are developed and marketed,...

   
 

Bar Mitzvahs – An Overview

This article is dedicated in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of my nephew, Chanani Shaked, that took place at the Kosel yesterday. Often Bar Mitzvah Pshetls revolve a...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Becoming Great, Becoming Humble

The following is in honor of our new grandson, Mordechai Tuvia ben Shaul & Temima Bracha Edelman (whose bris was this past week), and in honor of this week&...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Vayishlach - The Courage to Confront

The long awaited reunion was but a day away.  The brothers, Yaakov and Esav who had not seen each other for more than two decades were to come face to face...

   
 

“Chevron VS Tsfat” - A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

This week’s Torah portion discusses how Yaakov bought property outside of the city of Shechem. Living in the land of Israel is a fulfillment of the mitzva...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Relationships Are Fueled By Communication

In this week’s Parsha, Vayishlach, we find our father Yaakov returning to the Land of Israel with his family. Along the way he becomes aware that his brot...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Tefillah - Parshas Vayishlach - Concern for Others, Concern for Self (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 15, 2016  - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Tefillah - Parshas Vayishlach - Concern for Others, Concern for Self Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshavas Vayishlach - The Secret To Achieving Harmony

The moment that Eisav learned that Yaakov had "stolen" the blessings from him, he decided to take vengeance and to kill his brother. As Yaakov traveled from Lav...

   
 

Parshavas Vayishlach - Right On!

One of the greatest tragedies to befall Yaakov was the death of his beloved wife Rochel in childbirth as she gave birth to Binyamin. With her last breath she n...

   
 

Parshavas Vayishlach - Can We Learn from Laban; Our Galut in the Secular World

Learn from Laban?  The very thought of it seems absurd!  In our tradition, Laban is the antithesis of all we hold up and admire.  To model our li...

   
 

The Shliach Tzibbur and the Eggplant

You may be wondering about the eggplant. We will get to it. It happens occasionally in shuls. Someone approaches the Amud to daven. The problem is that he prof...

   
 

Choosing a Hometown – Insights of our Sages

With Yaakov searching for a new residence, Rabbi Kaganoff thought it appropriate to send this guest shiur. How does one choose where to live? Although there is...

   
 

Parshas Vayetze - The Orchestra and The Rolex

This week’s Parsha, Vayeitzei, teaches us a great lesson in the unity to which we must aspire and achieve for us to accomplish our mission The Parsha beg...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Vayetzei – The Journey To and From

And Jacob left Be’er Sheva and he went to Haran (Bereishis 28:10) Two different conversations – yet, both had the same result – Yaakov would ...

   
 

Parshas Vayetzai - Reaching Space and Heaven

“Vayachalom v’hinei sulam mutzav artzah v’rosho magiah hashmaymah” - “And he (Yaakov) dreamed, and behold there was a ladder stand...