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Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Bshalach 5781

Baltimore, MD – Jan 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - Mann: A Recipe for Faith

Whoever has enough to eat today and says, ‘What shall I eat tomorrow?’ is a person of little faith.          &...

   
 

The Inauguration of a New President

To the believer, there are no coincidences and, so I believe it is no coincidence that we read last week, the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration as our 46th pre...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rosh Chodesh Shevat - Shovavim - Man, Trees and Freedom (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 26, 2021 - As the month of Shevat begins, we approach the new year for the trees. The entire month is also part of the period cal...

   
 

Today, Tuesday of Parshas B'Shalach, a Segulah for Parnasa to Recite Parshas Hamon

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 26, 2021- Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach, is a special day. Seforim tell us that it is extremely prudent to utilize this day to pray for parn...

   
 

Parshas Bishalach — Arms Race

The fundamental struggle of humanity, stripped of all of history’s dross, is between two views: The recognition of a Creator (and the resultant meaningfulness...

   
 

Carrying Medicines On Shabbos

This week’s parsha includes one of the main sources for the prohibition of carrying on Shabbos (Shemos 16:29). I therefore decided to send the following artic...

   
 

Parshas Bo - The Final Showdown

We are certainly living through unusual times. The political turmoil the country has faced and is currently dealing with, leaves many worried and wondering how ...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Not Like Any Other Book

Every word, every letter in the Torah is used for a specific reason and purpose.  We are reminded of this concept often through the teachings of Chazal whe...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Bo: Cathartic Clothng

It was so close; freedom was in the air. After 210 years of slavery and servitude, the Jewish people stood on the threshold of emancipation, ready to embrace th...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Bo 5781

Baltimore, MD – Jan 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Time and Meaning; Each Second, Each Moment

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.               &n...

   
 

Pashas Bo - Our Story

Redemption was well under way as the entire country of Egypt had been ravaged by interminable calamities. Once a superpower capable of supporting the entire pla...

   
 

Who Is First, What is Second, So We Know Third?

The Posuk in Shmos 12:17 says one should guard their matzos. Rashi quotes a Mechilta that says don’t read the wor...

   
 

Parshas Bo – Letter from Egypt

Chazal describe the Jewish people as a miracle. Our foremothers, for instance, were physically incapable, the Midrash informs us, of bearing children. Yet, desp...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Bo - Hardening Pharaoh's Heart- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 17, 2021 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Bo, Hashem tells Moshe that He hardened Pharaoh's heart. The S...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Will We Ever Learn?

With a jam packed Parsha, sometimes it’s easy to overlook some seemingly strange narrative.  Take this one exchange between Moshe and Pahroh.  ...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Aw Hail!

This week's shtikle is dedicated for a refuah sheleimah for my father. Please include Reuven Pinchas ben Yehudis in your tefillos...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

The Torah seems to arbitrarily inform us that Moshe and Aharon were eighty, and eighty-three years old, respectively, when they first spoke to Pharaoh. What is...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Turning To Hashem is Instinctive

As the Maccos commence, there is a fascinating juxtaposition of words and phrases, relating to Paaroh’s state of mind during the process. Much discussion is d...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yaacov Haber -Parshat Vaera - Who is G-D? (Video)

Who is G-D? Did Pharaoh think he was G-D? Do we sometimes see ourselves as a sort of G-D?...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vaera - Mending the Torn Fabric

We had all hoped that 2021 would be different. We hoped that the violence and discord which was so prominent last year would not follow us into this new one. Bu...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Parshas VaEra- Making it our Geula Also (Video)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 13, 2021 - As we relive Geulas Mitzraim in these sedras, our thoughts and feelings migrate to the Geula Shlaima b'mhayra b'yamain...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Strangers in a Strange Land

Much of our discontent derives from our struggle with the temporary nature of our existence.  The world is indeed “a narrow bridge”.  We sojourn h...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vaera 5781/2021

Baltimore, MD – Jan 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Corona Diary #20: Blurring the Lines Between Humans and Animals

A little over a year ago a person consumed a bat and that meal changed the way we view our world. Watching the corona virus crossing over to the human realm fro...

   
 

Parshas Vaera – A Partnership of Opposites

Only one of the Ten Plagues visited upon Par’oh and Mitzrayim elicits a declaration of guilt and admission of Hashem’s righteousness from the Egyptian leade...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Va'eira - The Covenant of Emunah- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 10, 2021 - In the first aliyah (portion) of Parshas Va'eira, Hashem appears to Moshe and tells him that He will redeem ...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - He Knows Our Pain

After G-d reveals Himself to Moshe His very first statement attests to the fact that, ראה ראיתי — I have indeed seen the suffering of My people in Egy...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - When Things Look Bleak

[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 Shemos - The Greatest Challenge of Galus

Parshas Shemos details the first time in our history where we are faced, as an Am, with perhaps our greatest challenge.  Galus.  The Parsha begins wit...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Shemos: Extend Your Reach

Republished from 5780 Servitude had begun. Our Egyptian hosts turned into our oppressors. Bondage and slavery had replaced civility and coexistence. Pharaoh de...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - I Cannot Do It

How many young men play in a pick-up game of basketball and glory in imagining themselves with the ball, time running out on the clock, their team down by one p...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Shemos 5781/2021

Baltimore, MD – Jan 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

Why the Boat?

In Shmos 2:3 the posuk tells us that Yocheved was not able to hide Moshe any longer so she made a box and placed the chi...

   
 

Rabbi Avi Shafran - Parshas Shemos: Pathetic Persecutors

As the Jewish population in ancient Egypt swelled, the Torah tells us that vayakutzu — The Egyptians “were disgusted” (Shemos 1:12).  Rashi...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - One and Dan

This past Sunday, 12 Teves, was the 13th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Joseph Schechter of Ner Yisrael. This week's shtikle is dedicated le&#...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - In a Single Moment

Parshas Vayechi represents the culmination of creation, the end of Sefer Breishis.  The world and its teva are in place, Avraham Avienu forms his Bris with...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - The Greatest Blessing

[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 Vayechi - Slight of Hand

When Yosef observes his father crisscrossing his hands over his children’s heads the Torah describes how, וירע בעיניו  — it was ‘displeasin...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayechi: An Everlasting Ending

This week is an end. This Shabbos marks the end of Sefer Bereishis, and this past Thursday marked the end of 2020. It has been a most turbulent year. ...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi: To Be Chosen is to Always Choose; Blessing Ephraim and Menashe

As the sun gently sets, ushering each Shabbat, we pause to bless our sons with the names of Yaakov’s grandsons, “May you be like these two, like Ephraim and...

   
 

Yaakov Living in Chutz Le’aretz

In Bereishis 47:28 the posuk tells us how long Yaakov lived in Mitzrayim. It tells us he lived for 17 years in Mitzrayim...

   
 

Parshat Vayechi:- Corona Diary #19 - Rediscovering Grandparents

Covid-19 has changed everything. The past year has produced a seismic shift in almost every aspect of our lives and will continue to shape our identity for year...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi – The Real Man in the Moon

In a good example of Talmudic humor, Rav Nachman reacted to Rav Yitzḥak’s recounting of what Rabi Yochanan said, that “Our patriarch Yaakov did not die,...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayechi - Yosef, Yaakov, and Rachel - First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 27, 2020 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayechi, Yaakov asks Yosef to bury him in Eretz Canaan. Although Yosef's...

   
 

Loshon Hora: Parameters of the Prohibition

This article is adapted from my sefer “What Can I Say… Today?” on the laws of Loshon Hora in contemporary times. All halachos mentioned herein are complex...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - What Would We Say?

As parents we may struggle with the simple truth that our children can never love and care for us as we do them.  Intellectually, and even spiritually, we ...