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Parshas Chukas - Blind to the Blessings

Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein, the revered mashgiach and Ba’al Mussar was once riding in a cab and the Israeli driver related the following story: “Rebbi, wh...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Chukas - Kibbud Av & Parah Adumah- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 19, 2018 - Parah Adumah is the quintessential chok, a law which is impossible for us to understand. It is atonement for the ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Korach 5778 - Selfless Leadership - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 15, 2018 - Korach 5778 - Selfless Leadership - 2nd Aliyah To listen, click here...

   
 

Parshas Korach - To Speak or Not To Speak

In Moshe Rabeinu’s handling of the conflict with Korach, we see many of his greatest talents on display.  Many of the P’sukim cry out for explanation a...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Who Says MY Prayers Are Powerful?

Our parsha begins with the tragic revolt led by Korach against Moshe and Aharon, in an attempt to question their claims of being Divinely-chosen and ultimately ...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Blind by Choice

Korach had an insatiable desire for the position of High Priest which was given to Aharon. Moshe, the one who appointed Aharon to this position, did so in the n...

   
 

Parshas Korach - The Entertainer

The entire nation is emotionally swept up by Korach and his cohorts ‘altruistic’ attempt to stand up for their honor, unifying them in rebellion against the...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Any Dispute For The Sake Of Heaven

Two couples, both new parents, enjoyed a rare evening out.  They naturally spoke about parenthood, with its many joys and challenges.  When one of the...

   
 

Listen To Rabbi Moshe Hauer- WIT Parsha - Korach - Korach & Moshe: The Arrogant Versus The Humble (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 12, 2018 -  Korach argued against Moshe Rabbeinu, saying that the entire community heard Hashem at Har Sinai, and Moshe should not be ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach -Delayed

Clearly, the most significant part of this week's parsha is the episode of the spies who were sent to Eretz Yisrael. As a result of their negative report, ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Hishtadlus, Personal Agenda, Yehoshua’s Reward and Tzitzis

1) Moshe’s Approval of Mission? Ramban’s question (Bamidbar 12:2) is the classic question of all the Rishonim: How could Moshe the miraglim’s mission as,...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - For Our Children's Sake

After the negative report from the Miraglim, one of the less discussed quandaries was the vacuum in leadership left behind.  The entire generation would ha...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Salachti! Forgiven!

Once again the Jewish nation finds itself at the brink of extinction after their participation in the misguided counsel of the spies. Hashem is ready to do away...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - A Divine Track Record

The drama unfolded quickly. The Spies came back from their expedition and reported that our enemies within Eretz Yisrael were giants and much too powerful to ov...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - “Fake News” - Propaganda By Any Other Name …

I have faith in the people.  They will not consent to disunion.  Let them know the truth, and the country is safe.      &nbs...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Slow and Steady Wins the Race

[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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Shelach - Relying on Hashem- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 5, 2018 - The sin of the meraglim is rooted in asking to send spies, not the lashon hara that they said about Eretz Yis...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - United Nation?

This past Wednesday, 16 Sivan, was the yahrtzeit of R' Ephraim Eisenberg, zt"l of Ner Yisroel. The shtikle is dedicated l'ilu...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - What Will I Be Like In The Next World?

Over the course of their 40 years traveling through the desert, the Jewish nation complained to Moshe Rabbeinu on multiple occasions. Additionally, some partici...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - Where To?

In this week’s Parsha, Behaloscha, the Torah records the manner in which our people traveled through the desert until they finally arrived at the Land of Isra...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - Halachic Dupe-licity

Thirty years ago, as I walked the streets of Yerushalayim as a young yeshiva student, there were, as there often are, protests about the issues of the day. ...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - The Good Old Days?

Nearly a year after the nation arrived at Sinai to receive the Torah they finally embark on their journey to the holy land. Facing the big unknown they begin to...

   
 

Parshat Beha'alotecha - Which Voice Is Your True Voice?

Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, ...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - Ongoing Gift, Importance of Rebbe and Shalom

1) Aharon’s Ongoing Gift “Behaaloscha es haneiros” (Bamidbar 8:2). Ramban talks about why parshas Behaaloscha is put next to the parsha of the chanukas h...

   
 

Symphony of the Soul

Question #1: Trumpets “Can there be a mitzvah in the Torah of blowing trumpets if this instrument was not invented until relatively recently?” Question #2...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Keeping the Peace

There are a number of interesting correlations between this week's parsha and this week's haftarah. The obvious connection is that the&...

   
 

Parhsas Naso - Consistency is a Better Teacher Than Chumras

The beginning of Sefer Bamidbar is truly a magical time.  Klal Yisroel has received the Torah.  They have been given instructions for and built the Mi...

   
 

Parhsas Naso - It’s All Yours!

One of the greatest gifts we received as a nation is teshuva, the ability to repent for our sins. Requisite to repentance is the need to admit with utter honest...

   
 

Parhsas Naso - Proper Actions and Elevated Intentions

1) Oil and Frankincense The pasuk (Bamidbar 5:15) talks about the Sotah who was brought to the Beis Hamikdash in order to determine whether she was guilty or ...

   
 

Parhsas Naso - Each, Like the Whole of Creation

 “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re us...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Every person Matters

Parshas Bamidbar commences with the tziva from Hashem to once again take a census of Bnei Yisroel.  (Bamidbar 1:2) Hashem is very explicit that the census ...

   
 

Bamidbar / Shavuos - What's In It For Us??

Although I am only covering Shavous in the shtikle, please explore the many intriguing blog posts on Bemidbar below: The midrash (Mechilta Yisro 5, Sifrei V’...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Back to the Womb

The angels sought to prevent the giving of the Torah to Moshe by exclaiming to Hashem, מה לילוד אשה בינינו, “what is one born from a woman amo...

   
 

Shavuos: 10 Reasons for Greenery

Let’s gain an understanding about the custom of putting out greenery for Shavuos in a way that impacts our kabalas hatorah. Much of the material I drew from w...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Every Grain of Sand

…anyone who kills one soul of Israel is considered as if he has killed an entire world; And anyone who sustains one soul of Israel is considered as if he has ...

   
 

Sefiras Haomer

One can look in the Torah and find the exact dates on which Rosh Hashana (Vayikra 23:24), Yom Kippur (23:27), Succos (23:34), Shmini Atzeres (23:36) and Pesach ...

   
 

Shavuos 5778 - What makes Us Unique?

We know that when Klal Yisroel accepted the Torah they said Na’aseh V`nishma and only afterwards Hashem lifted the mountain over their heads and forced them...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - Utopia!

The gemara in Megillah states that the tzibbur is required to read the tochocho of Sefer Vayikroh before Shavuos. Before Rosh Hashono we read the brochos and kl...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Netziv on Parshas Behar/Bechukosai (Audio)

Baltimore, MD -May 11, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Netziv on Parshas Behar/Bechukosai  Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - The Big Picture

This past Tuesday was the yahrtzeit of my great aunt, Lady Amélie Jakobovits, a"h. The shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmasah, Mayla bas El...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - R.I.P.

Hashem assures us that if we ‘follow in My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them’, we will merit: rain in its time, bountiful crops, securit...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - Loyalty & Consistency (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 9, 2018 -  In Parshas Behar we learn about the mitzvah of yovel, when land and slaves that were sold return to their original owners. T...

   
 

Parshas Bechukotai - Once is Not Enough

We no sooner read the last pesukim of Devarim on Simchat Torah, concluding the public reading of Torah, that we turn our attention to the very first pesukim of ...

   
 

Aliyah Laregel for Shavuos

Since we all hope to be in a rebuilt Yerushalayim in time for Shavuos, we need to start planning… Question #1: No Aliyah Laregel “Someone once told me tha...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Somebody to Lean On

This week's parsha ends off with the tragic episode of the megadeif, the blasphemer who cursed HaShem out of anger. When Moshe is taught how to proceed, he...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Don’t Strike Out

Towards the end of this week’s reading the episode of the the blasphemer is recorded. The son of Shlomis bas Divri, (the woman who was violated by the Egyptia...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Emor 5778 - G-d and Kedusha - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 4, 2018 - Emor 5778 - G-d and Kedusha - 2nd Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Lag BaOmer 5778

This week will be Lag Ba’omer. It has a number of different aspects to it. One aspect is an interruption of the aveilus of sefiroh and it has nothing to do w...

   
 

Parshas Emor - One Size Does Fit All

At the end of Parshas Emor, the Torah conveys the tragic story of the “Ben Ish Mitzri”, the son of a Jewish woman, Shulamis Bas Divri from Shevet Dan and an...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Be Very Careful, It Is Not Ours

There are numerous places in last week's double Parsha and in this week's Parsha, Emor, in which HaShem instructs us to sanctify His Name. In many of ...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Yom Tov All Year Long

1) Emor Yom Tov Lainings We’re going to share a number of thoughts that we find in Parshas Emor, and at first it may feel like they’re out of place or not ...

   
 

Lag BaOmer 5778 - Counting Up, Counting Down Siyum. Sefira.

Physicists teach us that the movement of time is constant through space.  It moves on and on with the precision and consistency of the finest timepiece.&nb...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Emor - Lag B'Omer - Emunah of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 1, 2018 - A Kohen is prohibited from coming in contact with a corpse, which is the strongest kind of tumah (impurity). A Kohen is ...

   
 

A Glossary for a Future Shemittah Year

In Eretz Yisroel, this week’s parsha is Behar, whereas in chutz la’aretz it is Emor. Next week, those in Eretz Yisroel will be reading one parsha, Bechukosa...

   
 

Listen: Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on "V'Ahavta L'Rei'acha Kamocha" (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 27, 2018  - Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on  "V'Ahavta L'Rei'acha Kamocha" ...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - How To Change The World

This week’s parsha discusses the mitzvah to rebuke your fellow Jew when you see him sin, in order that he will improve his ways (19:17). Now, one can find thi...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - Lessons of Eretz 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 - Disconnect!

There is a common misconception that is oft quoted. Knowledge is power. If we possess just the right data we can attain financial success. If we access accurate...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - How Do We Get to Love?

But which is the stone that supports the bridge?   - Kublai Khan A famous Talmudic episode tells of a prospective convert coming to both Shammai and ...

   
 

Parshas Tazria-Metzora - GIGO!

Since the hour is late, just a quick thought: We often strive to find connections between different episodes within the same parsha. It is perhaps less common t...

   
 

Parshas Tazria-Metzora: Tzaraas: Spiritual Malady With Medical Roots

 1) Tzaraas: A Spiritual Malady Ramban’s famous opinion, which is agreed upon by the Rambam and the Kuzari, is that tzaraas is not a physical malady. Tz...

   
 

Listen: Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Sefiras HaOmer - Tikkun HaMiddos (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2018 - Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Sefiras HaOmer - Tikkun HaMiddos (Audio) ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on the Netziv on the Parsha - Tazria Metzora (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2018 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on the Netziv on the Parsha - Tazria Metzora Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Tazria-Metzora 5778 (Chutz Laaretz) Acharei Mos-Kedoshim 5778 (Israel) - With All Due Respect

In Parshas Shemini, we read about the deaths of Nadav and Avihu. But immediately following, we have a long detour where the Torah discusses the laws of kashrus,...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - Moment of Silence

We read this week the laws that pertain to tzaraas as it affects the body, garments and houses, as well as the laws regarding discharges from the human body, bo...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - Nichum Aveilim

In the laws dealing with the time of impurity after giving birth, the Torah instructs us that there is an initial seven day period of Tuma.  The Baal Hatur...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - A Fresh Perspective On Loshon Hara

This week’s parsha discusses tzaraas, a spiritually-caused physical affliction that was primarily the result of Loshon Hara, gossiping or speaking negatively ...