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 Watch Live Stream of Rabbi Moshe Hauer's Tisha B'Av Kinos Program Sunday Morning Aug. 1 @ 9:30 AM
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Every year, hundreds of people gather at Ohel Wosk on Moshav Matityahu to hear HaRav Zev Leff, Morah D'Asra of the Moshav, expound on various aspects of the kinnos on a relevant theme. This year the topic is "Topic: Yearning for Moshiach - What will the world be like in that glorious time."
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Event Details Date: July 22, 2018 9:45 am – 1:00 pm Venue: Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim
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Baltimore, MD - July 20, 2018 - You can sit on the floor hungry this Tisha B'av wondering when the fast is over, or you can transform your entire experience by listening to these shiurim brought to you by Torah Anytime. CHAZAQ Ohr Yitzchak  Cong. Bnei Yitzchak (R. Dovid Goldwasser)  Kehillas Ahavas Yisrael (Rabbi Daniel Glatstein)  Torah Connection  More shiurim available at
It is with great sadness we report the tragic petirah of Mindel Rivka Gross A”H, the young girl who drowned last month in Jackson. The three-year-old (daughter of R’ Naftuli) was pulled unconscious from the family pool, and was hospitalized since. She was Niftar approximately 1:30AM on Shabbos. The Levaya will be taking place tomorrow, Tisha B’av, at the Viznitz Bais Olam in Monsey.
Jerusalem - Calm returned to southern Israel Saturday, after a violent Friday in which Israel bombarded Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the death earlier in the day of an IDF soldier by Palestinian sniper fire along the border. The fallen soldier was identified as 20-year-old St.-Sgt. Aviv Levi, Z'L, H'yd, from Petah Tikva. His family, which was abroad in Italy at the time of his death, was notified by the IDF, and Levi’s name was released to the media on Saturday night. He was killed two weeks before his 21st birthday and three months before the end of his military service. Levi will be buried Sunday at noon at the Petah Tikva-Segula military cemetery. The Givati Brigade soldier, who had been wearing a protective vest, was said to have been hit in the chest by the...
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It was a two day event filled with inspiration and edification as a group of over 70 community leaders flocked to Schaumburg, Illinois for the 9th annual conference of the Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim. A project of Agudath Israel of Illinois, the Midwest Council has over 80 members serving communities in 17 cities throughout Middle America.  In addition to providing rabbonim and rebbetzins the ability to hone their skills in areas including halacha, medicine and mental health and running initiatives to benefit member communities, the Midwest Council also hosts a yearly conference in the Chicago area, a golden opportunity to unify rabbonim serving communities that stretch from Atlanta to Pittsburgh to Minneapolis to Phoenix and to Houston.  Several rab...
Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier died after being shot by Palestinian militants on the Gaza border on Friday, the Israeli military said. The Israel Defence Forces soldier was shot near the southern Gaza Strip and later succumbed of his wounds, the military said in a statement.
Sefer Devarim encapsulates many of the events which transpired earlier in Sefer’s Shemos, Vayikra and Bamidbar.  Parshas Devarim in particular chronicles much of the travels, wars and mistakes made by Klal Yisroel in the Midbar.  Moshe Rabbeinu singles out the M’raglim for particular criticism in this weeks Parsha.   He similarly brought up the M’raglim with Shevet Reuven and Gad at the end of Parshas Mattos.  At that time, the leaders of Shevet Reuven and Gad had approached Moshe Rabbeinu to request that their Chelek be granted on the “other” side of the Yarden.  Moshe Rabbeinu responded with a blistering criticism of the request, (Mattos 31:1-15) comparing them to the M’raglim who also did not want to go into Eretz Yisroel...
Baltimore, MD - July 20, 2018 - Five Minutes with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger:  Tisha B'Av; Holy Sadness To listen, Click below
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Parshas Devarim - Healthy Musar vs. Destructive Criticism

Sefer Devarim encapsulates many of the events which transpired earlier in Sefer’s Shemos, Vayikra and Bamidbar.  Parshas Devarim in particular chronicles much of the travels, wars and mistakes made by Klal Yisroel in the Midbar.  Moshe Rabbeinu singles out the M’raglim for particular criticism in this weeks Parsha.   He similarly brought up the M’raglim with Shevet Reuven and Gad at the end of Parshas Mattos.  At that time, the leaders of Shevet Reuven and Gad had approached Moshe Rabbeinu to request that their Chelek be granted on the “other” side of the Yarden.  Moshe Rabbeinu responded with a blistering criticism of the request, (Mattos 31:1-15) comparing them to the M’raglim who also did not want to go into Eretz Yisroel. 

Interestingly, at the end of Parshas Devarim, Moshe revisits the request of Reuven and Gad in a somewhat more measured tone.  He simply states factually what was the resolution of the earlier confrontation. – that the men of those two Shevatim would first cross over into battle with their brothers, and only after securing the Chalakim of the other Shevatim, would they return to the other side and rejoin their wives, children and livestock.  (Devarim 3:18) In restating this agreement, Moshe uses some very strange language.  In essence, he repeats himself.  He states that “only your wives, small children and livestock – I know you have plenty of livestock, shall dwell in the cities that I have given you.” (3:19) Why the emphasis on Moshe’s knowledge of their abundant livestock?

A review of the exchange in Parshas Mattos allows us to again appreciate some of Moshe Rabbeinu’s gifts for leadership.  Aside from the offensive nature of the request to remain outside of Eretz Yisroel, Moshe was quick to correct their request from “Pens we will build for the livestock and cities for our small children” to “build for yourselves cities for your small children and pens for your flock”.  Essentially, he pointed out that they should first attend to their children and only then to the livestock.   An important point for sure but what caused these two Shevatim to use an improper emphasis in the first place?  Any reading of the Pesukim reveals that they were clearly preoccupied by their “abundant livestock”.  The narrative begins with their discussing their “Mikne Rav” – their abundant livestock. (Mattos 31:1) They then point out that the land of Yaazer is a place for “livestock”. (31:1) Finally, they say “it is a land for livestock and your servants have livestock” (31:4) We get it, so did Moshe.

Rather than criticize them again for such an error, Moshe subtly reminds them of the cause of their mistake in this weeks Parsha.  In restating the “deal”, Moshe says “I KNOW you have plenty of livestock”.  Delicately reminding them of the earlier misstep without unnecessarily beating them down and berating them.  This is not only a hallmark of great leadership but equally applies to parenting and teaching. There are certainly times for constructive criticism and redirection of our children and students.  Nevertheless, after the point is made and the behavior corrected, the ultimate Chinuch is to reinforce the principal without belittling the recipient.[1]  True love is conveyed through concern for proper conduct without associating past mistakes with inherent defects to one’s character.                                

[1]              This point is driven home by the Rambam in his commentary on the Shemoneh Perakim where he advocates a balanced, middle of the road approach to practically all aspects of life.

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Gaza - Israel targeted militant sites in Gaza, after Palestinians shot at its forces near the border, the military said Friday, with airstrikes and tank fire that Palestinian officials said killed at least three people. Israel’s military said Palestinians in Gaza had fired shots at soldiers near the border. It says it responded with airstrikes and tank fire at militant targets in Gaza. Gaza’s Health Ministry said at least three people were killed. In a statement Friday, Hamas confirmed all three killed were members of its group. Earlier Friday, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Sderot, an Israeli town near Gaza that has been hard hit by Palestinian rockets over the years. Lieberman said “the heads of Hamas are forcibly leading us to a no choice...
So many walls these days. The Israeli security one. The one President Trump wants to build along the Mexican border. The “Wall of Steel” erected around London’s Winfield House, where the president spent a night last week. And that older, conceptual wall, the one separating “church” and state — or, put more precisely, religion and government. Interestingly, the U.S. Constitution nowhere refers to such a construct. It was erected, piecemeal, over the years, its popularization beginning with its use by Thomas Jefferson, in an 1802 letter. When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last month that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court, while Chicken Little was apparently unavailable, there was no lack of squawking in some circles over the imminent fallin...
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In a shiur on the haggadah earlier this year I heard an interesting perspective on vehi she'amdah. Part of the retribution meted out upon those who seek to destroy us is that they endure a legacy of association with evil more so than others who might be guilty of equally nefarious deeds. This is not a concrete rule but consider, as an example, the liberal use of the word Nazi in association with anything evil. Conversely, how much of the general population are even aware of more recent perpetrators of similar heinous crimes such as Pol Pot or Slobodan Milošević. However, earlier on in our history, before many of our brutal persecutors came to be, there was a single paradigm of evil – Sedom and its neighbouring cities. Moshe Rabbeinu first references Sedom in the rebuke ...
Baltimore, MD - July 20, 2018 - Since July 2004, STAR-K Kosher Certification has provided a premier training ground for Kashrus professionals, administrators, and field representatives, Rabbonim, Rebbeim, Kollel fellows, and others serving in klei kodesh, from around the world. The comprehensive analysis of pertinent Kashrus and halachic issues is presented by STAR-K’s Rabbinic staff members, including Rabbinic Administrator Rabbi Moshe Heinemann and President Dr. Avrom Pollak. The lectures are supplemented by a visit to a glatt kosher slaughter house, a hands-on vegetable checking practicum and behind-the-scenes tours of various STAR-K certified establishments and manufacturing plants. From Australia to Zürich Just some of the illustrious alumni of the Annual STAR-K Kashrus ...
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Parshas Devarim/Chazon / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP!  (Zmanim & Halachos for Tisha B’Av) Baltimore, MD – July 20 2018 Parshas: Devarim/Chazon Today:    8 Menachem Av   Chatzos: 1:13 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 8:11 PM Shkiah:                   8:29:35 PM Tzais HaKochavim:  9:20 PM Tisha B’Av: Fast Begins: Shabbos 8:28 PM Fast Ends: Sunday 9:15 PM Click here for the Halachos of Tisha B'Av on Shabbos
Moshe reviews how previously he was overwhelmed with his judicial duties and had requested men of stature, good character and wisdom to assist him in administering justice among the nation. He instructed the populace to select men who are ‘well known to the tribes’ for these qualities. Why did Moshe need the people’s input, couldn’t he have determined those qualities himself? Rashi enlightens: Men whom you recognize, for if one were to come before me wrapped in his tallis, I would not know who he is and of what tribe he is, and whether he is suitable. But you know him, for you have raised him. Therefore, it says, well-known among your tribes.(דברים א יג) Is it feasible that Moshe, the greatest prophet who ever lived, was unable to dis...
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Baltimore, MD - July 20, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Devarim - Netziv on the Parsha To listen, click here
San Francisco - Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not. Mark Zuckerberg’s awkward and eyebrow-raising attempt this week to explain where Facebook draws the line illustrates the complexities social media platforms face as they take on the unwanted role of referee in this age of online misinformation, manipulation and hate speech. Facebook, with 2.2 billion users, disallows such things as nudity, the selling of guns, credible threats of violence, and direct attacks on people because of their race, sex or sexual orientation. Hours after the Facebook founder’s comments about Holocaust deniers aired on Wednesday, the company announced it will also start removing misinformation that could lead to bloodshed. The policy wil...
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Jerusalem - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, accompanied by his wife, visited the Western Wall on Friday morning, ending his two-day trip to Israel. He followed in the footsteps of US President Donald Trump, US Vice President Mike Pence and Prince William, who did the exact same thing before him. Upon his arrival to the holy site, Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation Mordechai Eliav talked to the Hungarian prime minister about the historical longing of the Jews for Jerusalem throughout generations and the history of the ancient stones. The Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinowitz then recited Psalm 21 with Orban and blessed him that all his prayers might be accepted willingly. Orban, impressed by the last two days, noted that his visit to Israel was too short and t...
Jerusalem -  A landmark half-billion-dollar Israeli plan to develop Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem and hoist residents out of poverty is getting a cool reception from the very people who are supposed to benefit. Israel says it hopes the program will improve living conditions in impoverished Palestinian neighborhoods and grant residents access to Israel’s robust economy. But the city’s long-neglected Palestinian community views the project with deep skepticism and mistrust, fearing it is a way of cementing Israel’s control over the eastern sector after more than 50 years of occupation. “All these projects have nothing to do with improving our lives,” said Ziad Hammoury, who heads the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, an advocacy group...
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