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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 16, 2018 - As the month of Shevat begins, we approach the new year for the trees. The entire month is also part of the period called S...

   
 

Dealing with Off the Derech Children - A Response to the Kiryas Yoel Publication

It is a publication authored by two Dayanim from the Satmar community, Rav Getzel Berkowitz Shlita of Kiryas Yoel, and Rav Avrohom Tzvi Vosner Shlita of Satmar ...

   
 

Parshas Bo - What A Jew Believes

Introduction Ramban in this Parsha has many classical comments, especially the last Ramban in the parsha which is a foundation of the fundamentals of the Torah...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Staying Inspired

After the plagues of frogs, beasts, and hail, respectively, Pharoah begged Moshe to daven for his salvation in exchange for the emancipation of the Jewish natio...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - G-D Matters

The fifth plague to befall the Egyptian people was דֶבֶר, most often translated as pestilence, a virulent epidemic that would affect their livestock, killi...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Staff Meeting

In order to give Paroah a warning for the plague of blood, (7:15) Moshe is told to meet Paroah at the Nile and hamateh asher nehpach lenachash tikach beyadecha,...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - What You Do Counts!

The Ovos were given a tremendous nisoyon. Hashem promised many things to them and He displayed His ability to deliver on all those promises, but they didn’t s...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - When Do We Try Tefilla?

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...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - A Leader Seeking Power

Today is the yartzeit of my rebbi, Ha Rav Asher Zelig Rubenstein, zt”l; this is L’iluy nishmaso.  ‘’And the almighty spoke to Moshe and Aaron and ...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Enough!

It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews - Chasidic Master Ever been accused of “being your own worst enemy”?  I...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - 20/20 Vision

[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...

   
 

Late Night Weddings – Two Solutions

It is 10:30 PM.  Do you know where your children are? It is not their fault, of course.   You're at a wedding, it's getting late and t...

   
 

Parshas V'eira - Full Faith, Olam Habah and Internal Motivation

1) Keil Shakai – The Avos Didn’t Question Hashem “Vaera el Avraham.”  Hashem is speaking to Moshe and says: I appeared to Avraham.  “el Yit...

   
 

On The Occasion Of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Yahrzeit (27 Teves): Chumash And The Fall Of The Ghetto

With the falling of the ghetto walls that had kept the Jews in central Europe isolated from the world around them, many Jews began to assimilate into the surrou...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Va'eira - Moshe and Aharon: Lineage & Leadership- 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 8, 2018 - In the second aliyah (section) of Parshas Va'eira, the lineage of Moshe and Aharon is discussed in detail, wi...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - What Makes A Leader

L’iluy nishmas my rebbi, Harav Asher Zelig Rubenstein, Zt’’l “And it was in those days and Moshe grew up and he went out to his brothers, and he saw th...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - No One Loves Your Child Like You Do

In introducing us to Klal Yisroel’s greatest prophet and teacher, the Torah also portrays for us a valuable lesson regarding the psychology of human beings.&n...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - The Nobel Prize

When Hashem instructed Moshe to be His emissary to the Jewish people, Moshe was hesitant to accept his role, as he feared that it would hurt the feelings of his...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Wholly Hearts

Moshe is finally summoned by G-d to take the Jewish nation out of Egypt. In what seems related to his characteristic humility Moshe hesitates and asks G-d, מי...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - …For As His Name Is, So Is He

Years ago, in Pittsburgh, I initiated several programs for mentally challenged Jewish youngsters and adults, many living in various state institutions. The insp...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: Where To Get Tickets From 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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Shemos - The Midwives and the Birth of the Jewish Nation- Second Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 2, 2018 - In the second aliyah (portion) of Parshas Shemos, there are two parts that are critical to the process of Yet...

   
 

Why Do Many People Think That It’s Right To Marry Off A Child That Has Mental Illness Without Revealing This Before A Shidduch?: A Halachic Analysis

It is an issue that drew lots of attention in a very recent discussion:.  The question posed by a certain “David111” was:  Why do many people thi...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: Level of Avos, Words that Kill and Prayer Power

Shemos Introduction Whenever you learn anything interesting throughout the entire sefer of Shemos, you always have a great d’var Torah for Pesach. So as we g...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Netziv on the Parshas Vayechi (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - Dec. 29, 2017 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Netziv on Parshas Vayechi Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - How To Survive Exile

Our Sages teach us that there is an intricate correlation between two Parshiyos that are in sequence in the Torah. This also applies to one Sefer (book) of Chum...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - It's never Too Late

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 - Happy Ending

The tale of Yosef and his brothers comes to a happy ending with Yaakov ensconced once again amongst all his beloved children, all of them thriving as a wholesom...

   
 

Dates, Yeshiva Dinners, and Weddings

From a historical perspective, it is unclear how the custom has developed.  But for some reason, first dates in the frum world usually involve taking the g...

   
 

Asarah B’Teives – Halachos and Insights (Dec. 28, 2017)

Baltimore, MD Dec 2017 - Fast of Asara B’Teves: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017: Fast Begins 5:59 AM - Fast Ends 5:37 PMSaddam Hussein claimed that he was the reincar...

   
 

Asarah B’Teives: An Overview

What is Asarah B’Teives all about? On the 10th of Teives, Nevuchadnetzar, the evil king of Bavel began the siege against Yerushalayim during the time of the ...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi:- Rebuke: 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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Asarah B'Teves: Present & Future (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 27, 2017 - The Tenth of Teves is the date that commemorates both the siege around Yerushalayim that began the process of its destruction, a...

   
 

Observing a Colorful Lifestyle

With the several references in the parsha to wine and grapes, I thought an article dealing with some practical grape skin problems might be in order. Questio...

   
 

The Many Facets Of Asarah B'Teves (Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017)

Baltimore, MD Dec 2017 - Fast of Asara B’Teves: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017: Fast Begins 5:59 AM - Fast Ends 5:37 PM Although to many the only notable aspect of ...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - That's Embarrasing

This Shabbos is the yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Israel Frankel, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy ni...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Finding The Good In Hard Times

In his sefer (Chofetz Chayim al hatorah), the Chofetz Chayim comments that from the time the brothers first came to Egypt to get food and Yosef spoke to them ro...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - The Chutzpah to Fight

As Yaakov is about to descend to Egypt to meet up with his long lost and beloved son Yosef, he is suddenly gripped with fear. G-d intervenes by appearing to him...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Things Never Said

A young boy runs his fingers over the leather spine of the story book he receives as a Hanukkah gift.  He loves the feel of the beautiful lettering playing...

   
 

Raisin Juice and Wine

לעילוי נשמת שרה בלומא בת יוסף שניאור זלמן While traveling to Egypt, what could Yaakov and his family have used for kiddush an...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Vayigash - The Meetings of Kings- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 18, 2017 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayigash, Yehuda steps forth to speak with Yosef. This is a meeting of the two mai...

   
 

Parshas Miketz/Chanukah - No, Thanks!

When the brothers return home after their first confrontation with Yoseif, Yaakov refuses to let them bring Binyamin back down with them. Reuvein boldly declare...

   
 

Parshas Miketz/Chanukah - It's Up to Us!

A major part of Sefer Bereishis is involved with the story of Yosef. He is a strong individual. He succeeds beyond all the expectations that people had for him....

   
 

A Lost Midrash, Antiochus IV, and the Historical Context of Chanukah

It is a sad fact that over 90% of our Midrashim have been lost. This is due primarily to the seizure of manuscripts and seforim by the Catholic Church in Europe...

   
 

Parshas Miketz - Finding The Good In Everyone

This past week, I read a beautiful insight from Rabbi Chayim Shmuelevtiz, zt”l, the late Rosh Hayeshiva of Mir. How could pharaoh have trusted Yosef to such a...

   
 

Parshas Miketz/Chanukah - Elephants Can Jump!

The reading of the portion of Mikeitz always coincides with Chanukah. There are many allusions within the portion to this association. One of the first striking...

   
 

Parshas Miketz - The Nile and Dream Interpretation

1) Pharaoh on the Nile We know that Mitzrayim had the Nile river in it, and in Pharaoh's dreams he saw himself standing on top of the Nile, the Ye’or. ...

   
 

Parshas Miketz/Chanukah - A Dose of Inspiration

The Best Gift Buyer When the cupbearer presented Yosef to Pharaoh, he tried to denigrate him by describing him as a “young lad”, a “Hebrew (a foreigner...

   
 

Chanukah: Why 8 Days? (With 18 Answers)

The Famous Question We all know the famous question of the Beis Yosef (Orach Chaim 670) as to why we celebrate Chanukah for 8 days if the miracle of the oil wa...

   
 

Parshas Miketz - In the Midst of Plenty it is Possible to Starve

Man is a child of his environment - Shinichi Suzuki Sometimes, you really can’t see the forest for the trees… Awash in riches, it is not only possible bu...

   
 

Scented Candles and Chanukah – A Halachic Analysis

The answer is no – if that is the intention. The reason is that one may not benefit from the Chanukah candles. But there is a case that is of great interes...

   
 

Chanuka Today

The Gemara in Shabbos (21b) states: “What is the reason of Chanukah? The Rabanan taught: On the twenty-fifth of Kislev, the eight days of Chanukah begin, on w...

   
 

Miracles: They Spin and Spin All Around (Dreidel Photos)

For me, dreidels are personal. In years gone by, I have been a rabbi, a teacher, a principal, a rebbi, I have been a lecturer, a communicator.  I have bee...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Mikeitz - Machlokes and the Ambiguity of Dreams- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 11, 2017 - The dreams that we learn about in the first aliyah of Parshas Mikeitz are the last in the series of 3 dreams that Yosef deals wi...

   
 

Chanukah, A Time for Growth

I have heard a beautiful Dvar Torah from Rav Shimshon Pinkus. Rav Pinkus explains that one can compare the lifecycle of a human to the Jewish Holidays throughou...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Chanukah - Building for the Future (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 10, 2017 - On Chanukah, we celebrate with parties, although there is no mitzvah obligation to do so. The source for the feasts co...

   
 

Parshas VaYeishev -Yoseif, the Ultimate Refusenik

Earlier this month, in my haste, I skipped my usual dedication for the yahrtzeit of my rebbe, HaRav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, zt"l, 3 Kisleiv. I will try to compen...

   
 

Chanukah Explained Like Never Before by the Nesivos Shalom

Nesivos Shalom on Chanukah – First Maamar The Gemorah (Shabbos 21b) asks, “What is Chanukah?” It cites the passage in Megilas Taanis that the Greek...

   
 

Lighting Outside on Chanukah – Israel and the USA – A Halachic Analysis

Go to Eretz Yisroel for Chanukah, and you will see Lucite and or glass boxes containing Menorahs for outside lightings. There is, however, a major halachic hurd...

   
 

Parshas VaYeishev - Strength in Numbers

At the end of Parshas Vayeishev, Yoseph is languishing in jail when a ray of hope seems to come his way.  Yoseph has proven to be an effective, even prophe...

   
 

Parshas VaYeishev - Dancing Shoes

The prophet Amos proclaims that G-d could overlook the three cardinal sins of idolatry, adultery and murder but he cannot forgive having sold a tzaddik, a right...

   
 

Parshas VaYeishev - What Are The Odds?!

Many confusing things happen in this week’s Parshah: Yaakov’s favorite son Yosef was sent down to Egypt. Instead of Hashem revealing to Yaakov that Yosef wa...

   
 

Parshas VaYeishev - What Really Counts?

This week's Parshah opens וַיֵּ֣שֶׁב יַעֲקֹ֔ב בְּאֶ֖רֶץ מְגוּרֵ֣י אָבִ֑יו בְּאֶ֖רֶץ כְּנָֽעַן...

   
 

Baby Names and Halacha

Americans name their babies all sorts of names. Indeed, Parents Magazine has just published the top most popular names for babies that are – food related. Her...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Chanukah and the Definition of Life (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 4, 2017 - On Chanukah, we celebrate and appreciate our definition of life-a life of connection to Hashem and spirituality, and that which t...

   
 

What Makes Bread Jewish?

Since the end of our parsha discusses Pharaoh’s non-Jewish baker, I thought it appropriate to discuss some of the laws of pas akum, pas Yisroel and pas paltar...

   
 

Parshas VaYeishev - Yosef’s Lessons and Jewish Name Significance

1) Who Was Yosef Telling On? Yosef brought bad reports to his father about his brothers. Ramban starts off by quoting Rashi who says that any bad Yosef would s...

   
 

Shabbos Candles and the Psukim Behind Them – A Halachic Analysis

They are called, “asmachtas” – Biblical allusions to future Jewish practices or Rabbinic enactments in the form of verses from Tanach. And in regard to li...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Antithesis

A special Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my nephew, Shlomo Yitzchok Shonek of Far Rockaway, who is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah this Shabbos. When Yaakov learns th...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Back Me Up

When Yaakov strategizes how to most effectively present his tribute to Esav, he implements two important protocols. The first code of etiquette he instructs hi...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Hearts Reflect Like Water

[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 Vayishlach - "In Out, Right Wrong, Oy Vey"

Vateizei Dina.  And Dina went out.  Today, the mere words conjure up thoughts of negativity and of the recklessness of Dina in venturing out of the pr...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Modesty in the Age of Abuse

Rescue me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esav (Bereishit 32:12).  Mi’yad – from the hand.  Why does Yaakov repeat mi...

   
 

Office Holiday Parties and Halacha

It is the question most asked by observant Jews when they enter the workforce:“Is it halachically permitted to attend the office holiday party?” Before we ...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Taking on Eisav and Life’s Challenges

1) Yaakov Gives Eisav Respect Eisav was coming after Yaakov with four-hundred men, and was ready to kill him. Yaakov sent a message to Esav, “Ko somar ladoni...