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Question #1: Davening in Public “I am traveling, and the only place to daven is in a crowded terminal. Are there any special laws that I need to know?” Qu...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Multi-Tasking

“Now the Lord appeared to him in the plains of Mamre, and he was sitting at the entrance of the tent when the day was hot. And he lifted his eyes and saw, and...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Sing a Song of Shabbos

On Friday night our prayers focus on that very first Shabbos, the seventh day of creation, reflecting on the benevolence of G-d who gifted us this world, avowin...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rabbeinu Bachye on the Parsha - Vayeira (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 14, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rabbeinu Bachye on the Parsha - Vayeira Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - A Beautiful Symphony

[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...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - The Stuff of Legends

Klal Yisroel is identified for its Mida of Chesed.  We have numerous Mitzvos instructing us as to the high regard Hashem places on the Mida of Chesed. ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - The Sacred In The Details; No Shortcuts In Service To God

Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had split enough wood for the burn...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Wearing "Judaism" in Public

Unlike other religions, Judaism is founded upon moments of direct Divine revelation. Despite the infinite and non-physical nature of G-d, He reveals himself and...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayera

Baltimore, MD – Nov. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayeira - The Bris of Chessed- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 12, 2019 - There are 2 covenants associated with Avraham Avinu-the bris of chessed, and the bris milah. Although we usual...

   
 

War and Teshuva

In Bereishis (18:23) the posuk tells us that Avraham asked Hashem, “Will you kill a tzaddik with a Rash...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Win-win

In the first Pasuk of this week’s Parsha, we have an unusual pair of Rashi’s.  First, on the words “Lech Licha”, Rashi immediately tells us that th...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Silent Heroes

Upon discovering how quickly she became pregnant in contrast to Sarah having been childless all these many years, Hagar diminishes her reverence for her mistres...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Lot, "With Him” Or Not? The Danger Of Getting In “With” The Wrong Crowd

When God calls to Avram and tells him to, “…go, leave the place of your birth; go, leave your father’s house; go to the land that I will show you…” Av...

   
 

Pidyon Shvuyim

In Bereishis (14:14) the posuk tells us that Avraham went and mobilized his army to rescue his nephew Lot from captivity...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Lech Lecha - Avraham's Life's Work- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 3, 2019 - Before Avraham's time, the world needed to be destroyed because of its corruptness. Avraham saved the world in his time thro...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Believe!

The world was created with Adam HaRishon as its first inhabitant. Thus, the generic Hebrew term for a person is ben Adam, son of Adam. However, the world w...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Noach 5780 - The Korbanos of Noach and Kayin - 4th Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 1, 2019 - Noach 5780 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Noach 5780 - The Korbanos of Noach and Kayin - 4th Aliyah Click here to liste...

   
 

Parshas Noach - 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 living memor...

   
 

Parshas Noach (x2) - Parenting Insights - Learned and Shared / Strive to be the Best

Noach (1) The Torah’s account of the most prominent siblings in early civilization is not a pretty picture.  Kayin kills Hevel and Noach’s sons’ dif...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Climate Change

Noach was directed to construct the Ark over a period of one hundred and twenty years. Despite its enormous dimensions it certainly could have been built in a m...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Don’t Slam the Door

“When Noach left the ark, he fell to his knees and began to sob upon seeing the complete destruction of the world. He turned to God and said, ‘Master of the...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Creativity And Menuchas Hanefesh

It’s logical that parsha Noach, symbolic of a passive and restful state (menuchas hanefesh), should follow Breishis, a parsha of...

   
 

Parshat Noach: Cyber-Towers of Modern Bavel

Sadly, an entire planet had suffered total moral collapse and was tragically annihilated by the violent waters of the flood. Noach’s world disappears and huma...

   
 

Parshas Noach - What Goes Up...

Rabbi Safran’s “Something Old, Something New – Pearls from the Torah” now available on Amazon We were created perfect and placed in a perfect paradise....

   
 

Seeing The Rainbow

In Bereishis (9:13) the posuk tells us that Hashem put a rainbow in the clouds after the Mabul and when a rainbow will b...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - It's Not "What" You Say...

This coming Sunday, 28 Tishrei, is the 18th yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, z"l. This week's shtikle is dedicated ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - And Hashem Created the Science / Bereishis - Every Moment

Breishis #1 Occasionally, when learning Torah, we come face to face with historical facts which may be at odds with the scientific perception or agenda of the ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Breishis

Baltimore, MD – Oct. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - One Trait That Can Save or Destroy A Planet

At the end of our parshah, a relatively short amount of time after Hashem had just created the world, He utterly regretted His decision and decided to wipe out ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - A Key to Success is...

[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...

   
 

Welcome Back from Galus!

A little over a week ago many of us uttered a poignant prayer as we entered the Sukkah. In it we request that G-d bring His Presence to reside among us. We add ...

   
 

Geshem or Gashem?

As Sukkos drew to a close, Klal Yisroel geared up for the yearly minhag mêlée that is currently taking place as we speak in...

   
 

Bnei Noach

In Bereishis (2:15) the posuk tells us that Hashem commanded Adam not to eat from the Eitz Hadaas. The gemara in Sanhedrin (57b) learns from this posuk that goy...

   
 

Parashat Breishit: Repairing Humpty Dumpty

Around twenty five years ago, on Shabbat Breishit, I attended a Friday night talk of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l prior to Ma’ariv prayers. These extensive ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeilechzos HaBracha

Baltimore, MD – Oct. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

The Evolution of Shmini Atzeret

The festival of Sukkot isn’t anchored to a particular historical period, or geographical location. It doesn’t commemorate a particular event which occurred ...

   
 

Upsherin / Siyum / Sukkos

Today, Erev Yom Tov, we celebrated the upherin of our dear son, Yitzchak. In conjunction, my son Efrayim and I made a siyum on mishnayos seder Nezikin. Here are...

   
 

The Staying Power of the Torah

The YomTov of Succos represents multiple ideas within the Torah and the Mepharshim.             &nbs...

   
 

Parshas Haazinu & - Vzos Haberacha [Plus! Announcing My New Podcast Encouraging The Learning Of Daf Yomi With Haaros On The Daf]

1) “Am navel” – What’s the Insult? We start off with perek 34, pasuk 6.  “Hal’Hashem tigmilu zos.  Am navel v’lo chacham.”  And,...

   
 

Parshas Haazinu - To Laugh Amidst the Chaos

We are taught that in the merit of Avraham Avinu welcoming the three weary travelers to ‘set a spell’ under the shade of his tree, his descendants were bles...

   
 

Parshas Haazinu - It Is Not Israeli Tanks Or Fighter Planes... It Is Not Netanyahu Or Donald Trump

Haazinu is usually read before Yom Kippur, except when there is a Shabbos between Yom Kippur and Succos, we read it then. There is a halacha of r...

   
 

Parshas Haazinu - Not In Front of the Goyim

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 - To Remember. To Forget.

Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. - Kahlil Gibran Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no futu...

   
 

Succot 5780/2019 - Spare Parts

The holiday of Sukkot is flavored by two distinctly different mitzvoth. The experience of four minim is the most aesthetically pleasing mitzvah and the arrangem...

   
 

Hilchos Uminhagei Yom Kippur

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Rosh Yom-Kippur. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulch...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5780 - We Are Relying On You!

Before the Kohen Gadol proceeded to do the Yom Kippur service, the elders of the Sanhedrin would make him swear to do the service exactly as instructed, to burn...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5780

[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...

   
 

How to Live in the Sukkah

On the website RabbiKaganoff.com, there are many articles on the different mitzvos  we observe on Sukkos. They can be located under the search words: Chol ...

   
 

Yom Kippur - The Physical; The Spiritual; The Balance

At our core is a seemingly contradictory duality, a duality that poses challenges and creates tensions in nearly every waking moment.  We possess a physica...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech - Shabbos Shuva

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...

   
 

Yom Kippur – Start Dreaming

If there is one prayer that resonates in the heart of every Jew it is Kol Nidrei. The very tune is haunting yet enchanting, saddening yet uplifting. Yet, when o...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeilech

Baltimore, MD – Oct. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Considering Teshuva

I recently had the privilege of serving on a panel of rabbonim, dear friends, in a public forum entitled 'Considering Teshuva'. Two of the questions ...

   
 

Yom Kippur: Yonah's Flight

The dramatic story of Yonah being swallowed by a whale exhibits classic teshuva themes. An entire metropolis of Ninveh, condemned to death, ultimately rallies, ...

   
 

Writing a Sefer Torah

On the website RabbiKaganoff.com, you can find articles on topics germane to the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah and to Yom Kippur. Look under the search words Aseres, Se...

   
 

Parshas Vayeileich: The Song & Power

1) Avodah zara is often described using the word that connotes immorality Peek 31, pasuk 16.  “V’kam ha’am hazeh v’zan acharei elokei neichar ha...

   
 

Women Having a Mitzvah of Eating on Erev Yom Kippur

Chazal in Rosh Hashana (10;1) say that a person who eats on the ninth of Tishrei is counted as if he fasted on both the ninth and tenth...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim 5779: Reflecting on the Past Year

[Editor’s note: As a memory of my beloved brother Shaya, I would like to continue sending out his pearls of wisdom that he has shared with all of you in the p...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim: “Small” Actions Make (or Break) Great People

This week’s Parshah warns us to not serve idols made of “wood, stone, silver and gold” (29:16). Why would the Torah go out of its way to list these materi...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim/Rosh Hashana: Start Living!

After the Torah records the glorious prophecy of our eventual full repentance in the end of days, it presents a summation of what is incumbent upon us to bring ...

   
 

Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah - Breaking Through the Shell

In one of his final addresses to the Jewish people, Moshe says,“For this commandment which I command you this day, is not concealed from you, nor is it far aw...

   
 

Nitzavim: 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...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim: Baalei Teshuva Stance And Talmidei Chachamim Qualities

Baalei Teshuva Stance and Talmidei Chachamim Qualities  1) Baalei teshuva vs Tzaddikim Gemurim Perek 30, pasuk 10 in parshas Nitzavim starts off, “Ki s...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo: What To Do With All These Gifts!

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 5779

Parshas Ki Savo, Nitzovim and Vayelech are all read before Rosh Hashono. We are supposed to take the yom hadin very seriously. The Torah is not just...

   
 

PARSHA PERSPECTIVES: KI TAVO – GOING AND COMING

“And it will be if you obey the Lord, your God, to observe and fulfill all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord, your God, will place you s...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo: Just Take a Look Around

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: Think Big!

At the conclusion of the ritual of bringing Bikkurim, one’s first fruits, and presenting it to the kohen in the Temple before the Altar, the la...