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Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Stopping tragedy with our words is not lashon hara

More than 150 years before the tragedies from staying silent that all too often make headlines today, Rav Yisrael Isserlein wrote about how to stop such tragedi...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - How Much Do You Weigh?

Of all the numerous laws outlined in Kedoshim, only one concludes with the assertion: I am Hashem, your G-d, Who brought you forth from the land of Egypt. (Vayi...

   
 

Watch RAbbi Yisroel Besser on Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - V'Ahavta L'Rei'acha Kamocha (Video)

This week’s parsha is אחרי מות-קדושים, where we read a plethora of mitzvos, including ואהבת לרעך כמוך. The Gemara teaches that this ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha: Acharei Mos/Kedoshim -Share the Blood (Video)

Blood represents a powerful life-force, a vitality which can be used to facilitate growth and spread it to others. We must refrain from ingesting the blood so t...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos - Eretz and Am Yisroel

At the end of this weeks Parsha, we find one of the first explicit references to the fact that Eretz Yisroel is fundamentally different than any other place on ...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - Nabisco Oreo Cookies

When someone asks me how to pronounce my name, I tell them “Ori, like an Oreo cookie.” I do happen to think that Oreo cookies are mouthwateringly delicious....

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Acharei Mot Kedoshim - Grab the Torah by Its… Foot !

There is a famous story in the Gemara (Masechet Shabbat, 31a). A gentile once came to Shammai the Elder and told him that he would convert to Judaism if Shammai...

   
 

Parshas Kedoshim - Loving Your Neighbor While Standing On One Foot

We know of the man who comes to both Shamai and Hillel, proclaiming his willingness to convert if he could be taught the “whole of Judaism” while standing o...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Rav Lau Speaks To A Bat Mitzvah Girl About Self-confidence

"I have no self-confidence," one of the girls in the Nifgashot workshop said to Rav Yisrael Meir Lau in a special ZOOM meeting that we held recently. Rav Lau, 8...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: Take Responsibility (Video)

Sinas Chinam, baseless hatred, can be defined as conflict that occurs without anyone caring to repair and rebuild a relationship. During these days of Sefiras H...

   
 

Bein Adam Lachaveiro or Bein Adam Lamakom

In Vayikra 19:13 the posuk tells us that one is not allowed to hold back a paycheck from his worker for even a single night. The B...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Kedoshim / Our Great Challenge: To Practice Patience

Delayed gratification. It is one of humanity's greatest challenges. Rav Ayal Vered writes that Adam's primary sin was lack of patience – the inabili...

   
 

Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim - The Declne of Loyalty

It is literally impossible to reduce Judaism to one saying or one quick maxim. The study of G-d's will is too intricate, while mitzvoth are too sweeping to...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora -Bayamim Haheim Bazeman Hazeh

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshas Tazria/Metzora: Simple Hakaras HaTov

Many years ago, while living in the US, I had a wonderful neighbor, a rav, who would be considered “Haredi” even according to Israeli standards. His mode o...

   
 

Sivan Rahva-Meir / The Daily Portion, Tazria-Tzara'at / What Does Tzara'at Have To Do With Us?

At first glance, there does not appear to be any connection between this week's Torah portions (Tazria-Tzara'at) and Independence Day. These Torah por...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - 230,000 Minutes of Gossip

Have you ever wondered how often people gossip? Thanks to a new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, you will no longer ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Tazria/Metzora

“G-d spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying: If a man has on the skin of his body: A white blotch or a bright spot …. The Priest shall pronounce him ritually imp...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora: Swallow Your Words

The root problem of the מצרע — the Metzora is evident in his very name: צָר עַ[יִן] — a stingy eye.   One who possesses an ‘...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - The Treasure Within; Affliction & Grace

Can there be grace in affliction?  It seems odd to even pose the question.  Affliction is, well, affliction.  It is, by definition, unsettling, ...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Believing is Seeing

Question #1: Kiddush Levanah on an Airplane “It was cloudy on motzaei Shabbos, so I was unable to be mekadeish levanah after davening in shul. Later that nig...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Revolutionary Rav Yeshayahu Heber, Z'L

A year ago, at the height of the lockdown, only a few people were allowed to accompany Rav Yeshayahu Heber to his final resting place. Heber was the founder of ...

   
 

Parshas Shmini- The Obligations of a Holy Tzibbur

After Moshe is instructed to appoint Aharon as Kohen Gadol, one of his first acts is to review the first Korbanos to be brought in the Mishkan.  He tells A...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - The Morning After

So Pesach has passed.  Another beautiful YomTov where we stop our regular lives to focus on a particular event in our history and engage in some unique Mit...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - Whispers

On the joyous day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, tragedy strikes. Nadav and Avihu bring an unauthorized offering and are consumed by fire.  One can o...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Shmini - Genuine Joy

Originally published 5779 In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Nadav and Avihu, God appeared to Aharon, the bereaved father, and instructed him: And ...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Why Don't Humans Eat More Bugs?

“They’re Healthy. They’re Sustainable. So Why Don’t Humans Eat More Bugs?” is the name of a recently published news article from Time Magazine. The au...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Shmini - R'baz and The Racham (Video)

In categorizing kosher animals and fish, the Torah delineates the characteristics that make an animal or fish kosher.  Does it chew its cud and have split ...

   
 

Parshas Shmini - The Parsha in Chesed: The Stork Reality

Many years ago I had the privilege to spend some time in the Zilberman school in Jerusalem's Old City. The Zilberman "method" is a unique system of educati...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Shemini - Raising Hands in Prayer - Second Aliyah (Audio)

In the 2nd aliyah of Parshas Shemini, Moshe and Aharon bless Bnei Yisroel that the presence of Hashem should come down into their midst...

   
 

Lessons of Parshas Shemini

Lessons of Parshas Shemini By Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff Question #1: Tanner Training “I work as a leather tanner. Should I train for a different parnasah,...

   
 

Take a Stand

In Vayikra 9:22 the posuk tells us that Aharon lifted his hands and bentched Klal Yisroel. The Gemara in Sotah...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: Don’t Wait (Video)

In life, we are often presented with opportunities to do good, yet we often delay, thinking we will just revisit the opportunity at a more convenient time. Be s...

   
 

Pesach 5781(Second Days) – A Lesson from Nordstrom Rack

A few years ago, I was shopping at Nordstrom Rack in Towson, MD, minding my own business, when all of a sudden, a random guy asked me the following, “Does thi...

   
 

Shvii Shel Pesach 5781

On the 7th day of Pesach, we commemorate the Greatest Nes done in the presence of man. 600,000 people witnessed the Splitting of the Sea and all of the other as...

   
 

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

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

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Shvi’i Shel Pesach: How Kind is Your Kindness?

Rav Aryeh Levin, the famed Tzadik of Yerushalayim, like many other great men, was reputed to carry only small coins with him. This practice was not only due to ...

   
 

Leil Seder

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated...

   
 

Nirtzah: Not Just The Closing Ceremonies

 There are two major concepts which form the driving force of the Hagaddah and the Seder in general.  First, is the Chiyuv Sipur Yitzias Mitraim, ...

   
 

Parshas Tzav/Pesach – Tinted Windows

Driving a car on Shabbos is not recommended, to say the least. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that cars have been very helpful for us – t...

   
 

Halachos Of Erev Pesach On Shabbos

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 25, 2021 - Halachos Of Erev Pesach On Shabbos For a larger, printable copy click on the graphics below ...

   
 

Pesach 578i - Open Him Up!

We have collectively celebrated many Pesach Seders. Personally, this is likely my sixty-third seder since having been old enough to participate with some level ...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Mar. 25, 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yi...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Pesach: Around the Table and Under Your Nose

The Kopishnitzer Rebbe once phoned a wealthy businessman to make an appointment to meet. The man told the rebbe that there was no need not to travel to Midtown ...

   
 

Parshas Tzav: A Simple Task, A Mental Task? A Mitzvah

A simple, even mundane task – a chore!  We take care of such a task often begrudgingly, sometimes unconsciously, occasionally with annoyance.  Such ...

   
 

Shabbos Hagadol: That's Right It Wasn't This Past Shabbos

There is a long-standing tradition that the Shabbos before Pesach is referred to as Shabbos Hagodol – The Great Shabbos.  Virtually every commentary rela...

   
 

Hallel on the Night of Pesach

The Shulchan Aruch in siman taf peh zayin, seif daled writes that we recite the complete Hallel with a bracha at the beg...

   
 

OU & RCA Release Pesach Guidance to Shuls in Light Of COVID-19 and Vax Efforts

The OU and the Rabbinical Council of America have released their guidance for shuls and communities on the celebration of Pesach in light of where the nation st...

   
 

Today, Sunday, Mar, 21 @ 2:45 PM on ZOOM - Rabbi Yirmiyahu Kaganoff Reviews the Laws of Erev Pesach on Shabbos

Tonight's Zoom shiur is at 8:45pm Israel time= 2:45pm EDT. The topic is a halachic review of all the unique details that occur this year because erev Pesac...

   
 

Pesach: Corona Diary #27 - We Belong

The Pesach tale is a story of many stories. It is a story about theology and religion: G-d introducing monotheism into an ancient pagan world. It is a story of ...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Yirmayahu Kaganoff's Shabbos HaGadol Drasha - Corona & Mashiach (Video)

Jerusalem, Israel - Mar. 19, 2021 - Rabbi Yirmayahu Kaganoff's Shabbos HaGadol Drasha - Corona & Mashiach may be viewed by clicking here. ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Core Commandments

For many people, the commencement of Sefer Vayikra marks a distinct departure in the Torah from the telling of the history of the world and our becoming an Am, ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - If-

A belated Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my nephew Yaakov Yosef Shonek and his wife Miriam (née Mandelbaum) on their recent marriage. Mazal tov to the extended Sh...

   
 

Parshat Vayikra - The Parsha in Chesed: The Pulse on the Finger

The finger has a very important place in Judaism in general, and in this parsha, in particular. A key step in the process of bringing korbonot (sacrifices) was...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayikra - Finding Forgiveness

Our own setbacks and shortcomings can be used as tools to help us be more sensitive and accepting of the faults of others. Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is h...

   
 

Safa Berurah: The Halachos of Kashering for Pesach by Rabbi Yaakov Robinson

The Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim is pleased to present a new sefer with instructions for the halachos of kashering&n...

   
 

Out-Marrored! In Honor Of Rabbi Yechiel Shaffer And My Esteemed Yedidim Who Joined Together To Inspire The Community For Pesach! [Watch Here]

There are four basic tastes in the foods we consume — sweet, bitter, sour, and salty.  In the offerings that are placed on the Mizbeach, the Altar, two ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - I Am Not a Robot

One of my biggest pet-peeves is when websites force me to reveal my human identity by proving that I am not a robot. After all, maybe I am a robot! Not only tha...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Bring down the Temperature

While the opening parashiyot of Vayikra speak of the laws and specifics of the korbanot (sacrifices), the opening pesukim of the book focus on the details of th...

   
 

Rabbi Dovid Heber: A Guide to Erev Pesach That Occurs on Shabbos

Note: This article was originally written for Kashrus Kurrents 2001 and revised for the 2021 Passover Guide. The halachos apply whenev...

   
 

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

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