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Sinning to help Others

The Rishonim discuss whether or not a person may do an aveira so the public can benefit. Tosfos in Shabbos, daf daled amud al...

   
 

PArshas Noach - rem'ARK'able!

The first pasuk of this week's parsha declares Noach an ish tzaddik tamim, a man of complete righteousness. Later on, ho...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Nevermore

G-d remembered Noach and all the beasts and all the animals, that were with him in the Ark, and G-d caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsi...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Ideas On Raising Children in a Crazy World

The Torah’s account of the most prominent siblings in early civilization is not a pretty picture.  Kayin kills Hevel and Noach’s sons differences spawn...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Setting Limits; Good Judgement and Living in the World

Noach, the man of the earth, debased himself and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became a drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent.  &...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Noach - Building & Destroying, Inside & Out- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 10, 2018 - When the physical world was destroyed in the mabul, it was because the people had corrupted the world internally. Noach was...

   
 

Helping a Non-Believer

The posuk in Vayikra, Perek Yud Tes, posuk yud daled says that one may not place a stumbling block in front of an “iveir,” a&n...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Exactly!

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 ...

   
 

Listen: Five Minutes with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Parshas Bereishis

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 5, 2018  - Five Minutes with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger -- Parshas Bereishis To listen click here...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Hashem Rests on the Seventh Day

Bereishis contains many firsts.  For that matter it really contains all firsts.  Central however to all the firsts is the existence of Shabbos.  ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Light in the Clouds

The very first mention of ‘Man’ in the Torah is when it describes how G-d did not yet send the necessary rain to generate the growth of plant life since the...

   
 

Who Drinks The Kiddush Wine In Shul?

Drinking in shul Why is the Kiddush wine in shul given to a child?  If an adult is not permitted to drink before he has personally fulfilled Kiddush, can ...

   
 

Loshon Hora That Is Not About Jewish People

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer,“Shmiras Haloshon in Today’s World”. All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framewo...

   
 

Quickly or Personally?

The Gemara in Kiddushin, daf mem alef, amud alef says there is a mitzvah to be mekadesh a woman in person rather than vi...

   
 

Shemini Atzeres - Supreme Court Justice

The hoshanos ritual which is performed daily on Sukkos ends with a passage from Shelomoh HaMelech's prayer upon the completion of the beis hamikdash: (Mela...

   
 

Parshas V'Zos HaBracha - Moshe Rabbeinu's Guide To Parenting/Teaching

Vezos Habracha, the final parsha of the Torah, consists of Moshe Rabbeinu's blessing of each individual tribe in our nation. One may wonder why he specific...

   
 

Succos/Simchas Torah "Remember To Look Ahead"

The YomTov of Succos represents multiple ideas within the Torah and the Mepharshim.     The Torah tells us that the Chag recalls how we lived in ...

   
 

Simchat Torah 5779 - The Knock Upon the Door

How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss Siyum, the Hebrew word for “termination” means so much more than that.  It is a celebration observed when ...

   
 

Succos 5779 - Seeing Eye to Eye

Have you ever wondered where the expression ‘to see eye to eye’ stems from? We are about to celebrate Sukkos by sitting in a Sukkah which is to reminiscent...

   
 

Sukkos 5779 - Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Unfortunately, the forecast is indicating a very wet beginning to Sukkos in this part of the world, making the following shtikle most apropos: As we make the m...

   
 

Succos 5779 - Welcome Ushpizin

[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 memor...

   
 

Rebellion Against King

In Sefer Yehoshua, Perek Alef, posuk yud ches, the posuk teaches us that anyone who will not listen to Yehoshua and rebel against ...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azenu -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” (31:19, 32:44). Why did Hashem ordain th...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azenu -Teshuva, Within Our Grasp

HaAzinu marks the final time in the Torah where Hashem foretells the future generations of Klal Yisroel after they enter Eretz Yisroel.  Indeed, some M’p...

   
 

Parshas HaAzinu and V’Zos Habracha - Praise and Inviting Hashem In

Note: It is not a double parsha this week, we are just publishing early due to the busy nature of this time of the year 1) Praising Hashem “HaAzinu Hashamay...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azenu - Birchas HaTorah

In Devarim, Perek Lamed Bais, posuk gimmel, the posuk teaches us that when we call out Hashem’s name we must bring greatness to ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer's Succos Shiurim (6 Audios)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2018 - The Torah of SuccosSuccos is a special holiday of simcha, as it is the completion of the cycle of the shalosh regalim and the Y...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rediscovering Yom Kippur - The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 18, 2018 - Rediscovering Yom Kippur - The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy To listen click here...

   
 

Yonah and Yom Kippur

Every Yom Kippur for the haftarah at minchah, we read sefer Yonah. As is the case with any haftarah, there are specific reasons why this haftarah is chosen. The...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5779 - Vision of Greatness

On Yom Kippur we magically transform into angels. We recite aloud that expression that is otherwise the exclusive domain of angels, ‘Blessed is the Name of Hi...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech-Shuva - I Can't Come With You

At the beginning of parshas Vayeilech, Moshe proclaims to the people (31:2) "I am 120 years old on this day. I can no longer go out and come in, and H...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz on Pas Yisroel During The Aseres Yemei Teshuva (Video)

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Parshas Vayeilech-Shuva - Teshuva

After learning in Yeshiva full time for five years after High School, I was fortunate to be able to learn half days, several days a week when I was first marrie...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech/Shabbos Shuva - Even During Our Darkest Hours

In this week’s Parshah, Hashem informs us that during exile we will ultimately sin and serve idols. As punishment, Hashem promises that “I will conceal My f...

   
 

Women Writing A Sefer Torah

We learn from the posuk in Devarim, Perek Lamed Aleph, posuk yud tes that one has a requirement to write a Sefer Torah. The posuk tells...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech/Shabbos Shuva - How We Teach. How We Learn

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.              &n...

   
 

Rosh HaShanah - Avinu Malkeinu...Forever!

The main component of the Rosh HaShanah davening is comprised of the sections in mussaf known as malchios, zichronos and shofaros. Each section c...

   
 

Rosh Hashanah 5779 - The Power of Tefilla

In Parshas Toldos, we are told of Yitzchak and Rivka’s pleas to have a child.  The Pasuk says Vaye’etar Yitzchak (Toldos 25:21) Rashi explains this unu...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Teshuva

Towards the end of Parshas Nitzavim, there are twenty Psukim within which the Torah refers to the Brachos and Klalos, which were just delivered on Har Grizim an...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Teshuva

With Rosh Hashana right around the corner, many of us are feeling anxious as to whether or not Hashem will really accept our teshuva and our promises to change....

   
 

What an Angel!

You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your G-d; the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers - all the men of Israel: your small childr...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Three Little Words

The ability to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features - Leon Uris Consider the very first children born to a woman; the first to ever to ...

   
 

Yom HaDin 5779: What is Hashem Judging?

Rosh HaShanah is all but upon us, and we feel the approaching Din in our hearts and minds. Divine Judgment will provide for each of us and those we love the ans...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Nitzavim - Teshuva - Uncovering Reality (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 4, 2018 - We continue our discussion about derishah, seeking and searching for connection to Hashem the truth. Although it seems like ther...

   
 

Watch: Legal Holiday Morning of Learning at Kollel Nachlas HaTorah of Khal Machzikei Torah, Baltimore with Shiur From Hagaon Harav Aaron Feldman, shlit"a (Video & Photo Essay)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 3, 2018 - Kollel Nachlas Hatorah of Khal Machzikei Torah held a special Morning of Learning on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 in Bal...

   
 

Arvus for Women and Children

In Devarim, Perek Chof Tes, posuk chof ches it says that the hidden belongs to Hashem whereas the open and what is public belongs to us and ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - The Kohein's Merit

This week's parsha begins with the process of the bringing of bikurim, the first fruits, and the passages that are to be recited at the time...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Netziv on the Parsha - Ki Savo (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 31, 2018 -  Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Netziv on the Parsha - Ki Savo To listen, click here...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Imitation is Connection

Click here for printable version Click here to download the audio Click here to w...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - What It Means To Be The Am Segulah

In Sefer Dvarim, we are treated to one of several places where Hashem uses a particular term of endearment for B’nei Yisroel, referring to us as the “Am Seg...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - We Are Here! (Video)

Check out a video version of this essay here The portion of Ki Savo and its recording of the Tochacha, the ninety eight curses that will befall our people as a...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Celebrating and Appreciating Normality

After entering the land and harvesting its produce, Bnei Yisroel are given the Mitzvah of Bikurim –bringing the first fruits to the Mishkan or Beis Hamikdash ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Giving Our Heart and Soul To Hashem

1) Dedicate the First The Torah starts off telling us that when you come into the land you are going to conquer Eretz Yisrael and you should take from the firs...

   
 

Knife at Bentching

In Devarim, Perek Chof Zayin, posuk heh it says that one is prohibited from lifting metal over a mizbeach. The Shulchan Aruch, in siman...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Ki Savo - Deep Gratitude- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 27, 2018 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Ki Savo, the mitzvah of bringing bikkurim is described. When we thank Hashem for the first fruits...

   
 

Who Knows Thirteen?

Question: What is the basis for the Selichos we recite before Rosh Hashanah and during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah? Answer: From the beginning of Selichos, con...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Wiping Out Evil

This week's parsha deals with the proceedings with regards to a case of illicit relations with a betrothed girl or married woman. The betrothed g...

   
 

Parshas Ki TzeiTzei - Boundaries Have Values

Bnei Yisroel were given specific instructions on who is eligible and who may serve as a soldier in the conquest of Eretz Yisroel.  Exemptions were given fo...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Fiddler on the Roof

Among the plethora of mitzvos that appear in this week’s portion there is one that the holy Arizal avers will bring the world back to its original ‘emptines...

   
 

Parshas Ki Tetze - A Time to Remember...A Time to Forget

“Memory, the warder of the brain.”         - William Shakespeare We are wondrous creatures in that we embody so many se...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Lessons of Yifas Toar, Ben Sorer, Taamei Hamitzvos and Dignity

1) “Vechashakta bah” – Yetzer’s Grip Parshas Ki Seitzei starts off with the Jewish people at war, and a Jewish soldier sees an eishes yifas toar. The p...

   
 

Minyan for Amalek

Posuk yud zayin in Perek chof heh in Chumash Devarim tells us that we should remember what Amalek did to Bnei Yisroel. T...

   
 

Blessings and Guardrails

Mitzvas maakeh is mentioned in this week’s parsha. Question #1: Who makes the brocha? “If someone performs a mitzvah as my agent, can I still recite a bro...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Ki Seitzei- Yifas Toar- Finding or Searching- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 19, 2018 -  Although a soldier is permitted to take an eishes yifas toar, it is not presented as an ideal situation. This relatio...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - Brother from Another Mother

This week's parsha discusses a wide range of topics. Among them are the unique laws of eidim zomemim, the false, plotting witnesses who are given the exact...

   
 

Listen: 3 1/2 minutes with Rabbi Godberger, yahrzeit of Rabbi Daniel Goldberger, Z'L (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 17, 2018  - 3 1/2 minutes with Rabbi Godberger, yahrzeit of Rabbi Daniel Goldberger, Z'L ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - A Fish Out of Water

There are numerous places in the Torah where Chazal derive significant lessons from the placement of one Mitvzah or historical event directly opposite or next t...

   
 

Parashas Shoftim and My Search for Hashem

Parashas Shoftim contains a passage which was important in my religious development.  My parents had maintained conservative synagogue affiliation.  ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - We Are EASILY Influenced

In this week's parshah, the Torah tells us that someone who serves an idol is punished by public stoning. Interestingly, the pasuk states that the witnesse...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - Life Is Not Fair!

After the Torah details the obligation to appoint judges and officers to administrate justice in all the cities throughout the land, exhorting these officials t...

   
 

Definite Signs that Moshiach is Very Close

The sha’ilos I’ve received  are hair-raising, shocking and sad. The Yetzer Hara is out of control.  Yidden from every ba...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - A Man Alone, and in Community

“Repent, Harlequin!” said the Ticktockman… So, begins a short story by science fiction writer Harlan Ellison.   In it, the character of the Har...

   
 

Parshas Shofitm - Look Into the Crystal Ball, or Not

 Black Cats:   We all know them. Black cats, broken mirrors, stepping on the cracks in sidewalks, rabbit’s feet and four leaf clovers. I’m ta...

   
 

Sukkos in The Bais HaMikdosh

Posuk chof aleph in Perek Tes Zayin in Chumash Devarim tells us that one may not plant a tree next to the Mizbeach of Ha...

   
 

Updated - Can a Sheitel be Prohibited Because of Avodah Zarah?

A Background Discussion of the Halachic Issues Involved in the Use of Indian Hair By Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff I wrote this article originally several years a...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - A Friend In Need? Be A Friend In Deed

This week's parsha presents the contradiction of the following two pesukim. First we are told (15:4) that with the proper fulfillment of the laws of shemit...