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Rosh HaShanah 5778 - Happy, Healthy Sweet New Year

One of the practices that seems to get considerable attention on Rosh HaShanah is the eating of the simanim on Rosh HaShanah. There are, of course, varying cust...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu: A Dose of Inspiration - 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:...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer's Special Shiur on Rosh Hashana and Teshuvah: Mission Statement (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 19, 2017 - Although Rosh Hashana is the first of the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, we don't ask for forgiveness in the tefillos of the day. W...

   
 

Hashem's Special People

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 &ldqu...

   
 

Keeping my Feet Together

Question #1: Proper posture “The Shemoneh Esrei on Rosh Hashanah is very long. Is it sufficient that I stand with my heels touching, or must my feet be s...

   
 

A Day of Battle

During the Mussaf service on Rosh Hashana we recite three sections consisting of verses from the Torah that commemorate respectively, G-d’s Kingship; Reme...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim/Vayeilech - Being Zoche to Geula

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 Nitzavim/Vayeilech - Listen Up, Kids!

As the Torah wraps up the last of the 613 mitzvos, we are taught of the mitzvah of hakheil, which was performed on the Sukkos following a shemitah year. One of ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Ramban on the Parsha - Nitzavim Vayelech (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 15, 2017 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Ramban on the Parsha - Nitzavim Vayelech Click here to listen...

   
 

The Gift Of Teshuva and Rosh Hashanah

With Rosh Hashana right around the corner, it comes as no surprise that this week’s parshah discusses the mitzvah of Teshuva (repentance). Why does Teshu...

   
 

Parhsas Nitzavim/VaYeilech - Where Do You Stand

We begin the reciting of Selichos on Motzei Shabbos prior to Rosh Hashana, the anniversary of Man coming into existence, to acknowledge that all of Creation, wh...

   
 

With Many Still in Darkness and Rosh Hashanah Fast Approaching We Have the Power

As the days have gone by, I have the occasion to repeat this message to myself:        “You have the power.” Whe...

   
 

Watch: Rosh Hashana Inspiration From Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi (Video)

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech - Rosh Hashana & Shema IV - Teshuva of the Heart (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 13, 2017 - We continue our discussion about Shema and accepting Hashem as our King on Rosh Hashana with the possu...

   
 

Do You Hate Those Annoying Robocalls? Are They Against Halacha?

They are called robocalls, and in the Jewish community, they have somehow figured out a way to circumvent the Do Not Call Registry. Often, the caller ID will i...

   
 

Responsible Jews

Since parshas Netzavim alludes to the agreed covenant of one Jew being responsible for others, it is an appropriate time to discuss the laws and rules of what w...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 8, 2017 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Ki Savo - Ramban on the Parsha Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Recognizing the Good in Our Lives

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 Hamikd...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Enjoying This World

In this week’s Parshah, the Torah warns of a series of dire consequences that will befall the Jewish nation even if they are performing all of the mitzvos...

   
 

Can Chumros Be Bad For Your Neshamah?

In his recent post on the “disappearing woman”, Rabbi Adlerstein highlighted two important points in the discussion that have ramifications well bey...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Holy Leftovers

As we approach the Day of Judgment, we frantically seek to improve our stance before G-d so that we may merit a favorable verdict. Of course full repentance is ...

   
 

Parhsas Ki Tavo - What Does It Take?

Humility is only for the strong; Teshuva only for the humble Lilui nishmat – in memory of: Esther bat Julia – Esther Balassiano AH In speaking to ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Man of the World

There are certain flaws that are chronic and can’t be cured. The male members of the nation of Ammon and Moav, the products of the incestuous act of despe...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - The Coach

Our Sages teach that the Torah portion of each week has a correlation with the events occurring in the Jewish calendar at that time. If so, there must be a conn...

   
 

Parshas Ki TzeiTzei

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 - What's Love Got To Do With It?

Is Marriage Just Another Transactional Relationship? “I’m getting married!” “Mazal tov!” Our young people are getting married!&...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Ki Seitzei - Yefas To'ar - Finding or Searching- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 29, 2017 - Although a soldier is permitted to take an eishes yifas toar, it is not presented as an ideal situation. This relationship is on...

   
 

Making Things Better - Introducing the Yamim Noraim Theme for 5778

This week's eclipse can help us set the theme for the High Holiday season ahead. The Talmud (TB Succah 29a) attributes the incidence of a solar eclipse to...

   
 

Parshas Shofetim - The Path to Totality

So, what is the connection between this past Monday's solar eclipse and this week's parsha? As we were reading from the beginning of parshas Shofetim...

   
 

Parshas Shof'tim - Our Connection to Eretz Yisroel

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...

   
 

Parshas Shof'tim - Is Everybody Happy?

שפטים ושטרים תתן לך בכל שעריך אשר ד' אלקיך נתן לך לשבטיך ושפטו את העם משפט צדק - דברים ט...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Shoftim - The King & The King of Kings - Second Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 23, 2017 -  In the second aliyah of Parshas Shoftim, Bnei Yisrael are instructed regarding the specifics of appointing a melech. As we...

   
 

Parshas Shof'tim - 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 charac...

   
 

Eclipses in Halacha and Machashavah

In light of (no pun intended) the upcoming solar eclipse here in the USA, I thought I'd post a piece I wrote about eclipses a couple of years ago. B&rsquo...

   
 

What Berachos Will We Recite When Mashiach Comes?

Since Parshas Shoftim discusses the laws of the Jewish king, I thought it appropriate to discuss this topic, since we hope that the next Jewish king will come s...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - Curiously Intellectual

A Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece and nephew, Fraidy and Shmuel Clinton of Lakewood on the birth of their daughter, Malka Bracha. An additional Weekly Sht...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - Seasons of the Soul

In three places the Torah instructs us to celebrate the festivals by making a pilgrimage to the Temple on each of the three festivals; Pesach, Shavuos and Sukko...

   
 

What Spiritual Meaning Can We Learn From a Solar Eclipse

By now, you probably have learned more than you thought possible about the upcoming total solar eclipse. You have probably learned where, when and how to see it...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - Data Plan? Who Decides - You or Your iPhone?

A father is obligated to do the following for his son: to circumcise him, to redeem him if he is a first born, to teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to te...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Re'eh - Clear & Mysterious Mountains- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 14, 2017 - Parshas Re'eh contains the explicit locations of Har Grizim and Har Evel, where Bnei Yisroel ...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Mitzvos: Lest You Forget!

In this week's parsha, we find the second paragraph of keriyas shema. Once again, (11:18) the mitzvos of tefillin and mezuzah are mentioned. Rashi, on the ...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Wealth

In this week's parshah, the Torah warns us not to forget Hashem in our pursuit of wealth, nor when we achieve it. After describing a future where the Jewis...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - The Palace is Aflame

Twice daily we recite the Jewish ‘Pledge of Allegiance’, The Shma. After reciting the opening verse we continue to say two full paragraphs, one appe...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Tefillah - Parshas Eikev - The Shema: Sacrificing Ourselves for the Sake of Hashem (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 7, 2017 - The second paragraph of Shema is found in Parshas Eikev. In the first paragraph, we talk about complete mesiras nefesh, giving ov...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - Hope Rebounds

This Monday, the 15th of Av, marks the yahrtzeit of my Opa, Mr. George Jakobovits. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Tovia Yehudah be...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - True Consolation

Each and every Shabbos is a special, meaningful and holy experience. But some Shabbasos seem to distinguish themselves from the rest. Shabbos Bereishis fills us...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - Nachamu

In many circles Shabbos Nachamu spells vacation. The great summer breather. The three weeks and the nine days are behind us and the High Holidays are not yet he...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Ramban on Parshas Va'eschanan (Audio)

Baltimore, MD  - Aug. 4, 2017 - Ramban on Parshas Va'eschanan Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - Judaism - Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt

When describing the monumental event of the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai, this week’s Parshah makes a point to repeatedly state, after every detail, t...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - Is G-D Still Alive?

After the Children of Israel receive the Luchos, the Two Tablets, after having heard the Ten Commandments at the powerful revelation at Mount Sinai, they approa...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - Refuge

It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either – - Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2...

   
 

Watch: HaRav Zev Leff, Morah D'Asra of Moshav Matityahu on Tisah B'Av (Video)

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 th...

   
 

Changing Direction on Tisha B'av

He who believes he is close to God is really far, while he who believes he is far is really close.”  -Baal Shem Tov This enigmatic statement of the...

   
 

Respecting Everyone & Dealing with Tragedies

[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 Devarim / Shabbos Chazon - Reflection to Change

Late breaking news: Mazal Tov to my brother and sister-in-law, Binyomin and Shira Bulka and family on the birth of a baby boy this morning in Eretz Yisrael. Maz...

   
 

Parshas Devarim / Shabbos Chazon - Relating To The Sin Of The Spies

As the Jewish nation stood at the threshold of entering Eretz Yisroel, Moshe Rabbeinu took the opportunity to remind the Jewish nation of the sin of the Spies, ...

   
 

Parshas Devarim / Shabbos Chazon - The Eyes Have It

Once again Tisha B’Av looms ahead reminding us of our continued failure to restore the Temple and the Divine Presence to our midst. It all began on that f...

   
 

Why People are Attracted to Alternative Medicine

Picture a loving grandmother who raised her child and grandchildren. Unfortunately, the grandmother is diagnosed with stage four cancer. The chances of a medica...

   
 

Parshas Devarim 5777 - A Selfless Leader

[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 Devarim: Parallel Lives; Three Weeks To Recreate A Bond Of Love, Respect And Passion

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person  - Mignon McLaughlin We are decidedly troubling beings.  We a...

   
 

Watch: 'Akiva Nichamtonu' by HaRav Michoel Sorotzkin, Shlita (Video)

'Akiva Nichamtonu' -another spectacular and inspiring Shiur delivered by HaRav Michoel Sorotzkin, shlita, on the topic of Churban and Nechama. Given a...

   
 

The Temple Mount, the Metal Detectors, and Halacha

It reads like a page out of Chelm. Terrorists murder Israel police officers. Israel puts up metal detectors to ensure that people do not go up there with guns ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Devarim - The Three Weeks Part III (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 24, 2017 - Moshe, Yeshayahu, and Yirmiyahu all prophesized with the term eicha, and all three are read around this time of year. Moshe...

   
 

The Prequel to Tisha b’Av

As we begin the Nine Days, knowing the historical background of the churban help us mourn its destruction. Tisha B’Av is the culmination, of course, of tw...

   
 

Rulings of Rav Elyashiv on v’Ahavta l’rayacha Kamocha

It is now the Nine days and recently, there has been an uptick in violent stabbings by resha’im bent upon murdering the innocent. Perhaps one way in whic...

   
 

Poetic Controversies

Ashkenazim and Sefardim recite very different kinos on Tisha B’Av and different piyutim on most other occasions. This provides an opportunity to discuss: ...

   
 

Parshas Matos-Massei - Naming Rights

The end of parshas Matos details the conquering and settling of the east side of the Jordan River by the tribes of Reuvein, Gad and half of Menasheh. The very l...

   
 

Real Rabbinic Ordination

Since the Daf Yomi has started the tractate of Sanhedrin, a fascinating incident in Jewish Halachic history might be a good way – to help appreciate the f...