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Parshas Toledos - That Red Stuff

My nephew, Yisroel Meir Shonek, who was celebrating his aufruf exactly five years ago, along with his wife Miriam welcomed a new baby girl into the family this ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Toldos 5778 - The Ambiguous Pact with the Plishtim - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 17, 2017 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Toldos 5778 - The Ambiguous Pact with the Plishtim - 2nd Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Will the Real Esav Please Stand Up

When Rivkah gets wind of Yitzchok’s intention to bless Esav she immediately sets into motion her strategy to preempt Esav by having Yaakov bring the delic...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Chinuch Habanim

Parshas Toldos presents us with one of the most difficult to understand and troubling narratives in the Torah.  Yitzchak, Kadosh Lashem, was bound on a Miz...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Building The Nation and Hashem’s Plan

1) Rivka’s Pain in Pregnancy Rivka was pregnant with twins in her stomach and she was very confused by what was going on as we know from Rashi. There was...

   
 

Rabbi Avraham ibn Ezra, part II

A few weeks ago, we began reading about Rabbi Avraham ibn Ezra. This is a continuation of that article. Question #1: The Right Bensch “What is the corre...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Netziv on the Parsha - Chayei Sarah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 10, 2017 -  Netziv on the Parsha - Chayei Sarah Click here to listen...

   
 

Helping a Chosson the Second Time Around

“Look, for a regular chosson, I understand.  You are helping build up Klal Yisroel.  But this guy has kids already.  I don’t see any ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Trust..When it Counts

We see the advertisements,  selling the trustworthiness of financial advisors and institutions.  These commercials resonate with us because we know ho...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Shalom Bayis

After Yitzchak takes Rivka for a wife, we are informed that Avraham remarried.  (Chayei Sarah 25:1) The Pasuk states that his new wife’s name was &ld...

   
 

The Motzei Shabbos Taxi – A Halachic Analysis

You are a post seminary girl working in Camp Sternberg. You have a date Motzei Shabbos and you hold the position known as a DH (Division Head). You do not want ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah; Simple Reading Rules and Mesorah Transmission

1) Avraham’s Location After Sarah’s death The parsha begins with Sarah’s passing and Avraham coming to eulogize her. “Vayavo Avraham l&...

   
 

Parshas VaYeira - A Father's Sacrifice

This week's shtikle, as per tradition for parshas Vayeria, is dedicated le'ilui nishmas my brother Efrayim Yechezkel ben avi mori Reuven Pinchas, whos...

   
 

Parshas VaYeira - Where Do Morals Come From?

When Avraham goes down to Mitzrayim he attempts to save his life by hiding his true relationship with his wife, Sarah. He instructs her to agree that she his &l...

   
 

Parshas VaYeira - Making A Lasting Impression

Three days after Avraham performed his own Bris Milah, the opportunity to do Hachnasas Archim (caring for guests) came knocking on his door. Despite being in pa...

   
 

A Friend in Need

A friend is a single soul dwelling in two bodies - Aristotle Picture the scene, a man, newly circumcised; just three days out from a painful procedure and st...

   
 

Parshas VaYeira - Rising from the Ashes

After the angels conclude their mission in bringing the good tiding of Yitzchok’s future birth, Avraham escorts them on their way out. Unbeknownst to Avra...

   
 

Rochel Imeinu – Getting More Out of the Yahrtzeit

Let’s not just let a yahrtzeit date pass by without improving ourselves significantly. The 11th of Cheshvan, marks the yahrtzeit of Rochel Imeinu, and it ...

   
 

Praying for a Rainy Day when Traveling to or from Eretz Yisrael in November

Whereas in chutz la’aretz ve’sein tal umatar (the prayer for rain added to the beracha of Boreich Aleinu in the weekday shemoneh esrei) is not recit...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 30, 2017 - There are 2 covenants associated with Avraham Avinu-the bris of chessed, and the bris milah. Although we usually associate the b...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Actual History and Purpose of Nisyonos

1) The Angel's Visit Parshas Vayeira opens (18:1) with the story the three angels that came to visit Avraham. We have always understood like Rashi and rov...

   
 

Rabbi Baruch Leff in Mishpacha Magazine: Can We Teach Our Kids (and Ourselves) How to Daven?

I have heard many fast chazzanim in my life, but this one set the record. A nine-minute Minchah, with a full recitation of chazaras hashatz, including the Mour...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Three's a Crowd

In the beginning of the parsha we are taught of Avram and Sarai's sojourn to Egypt due to the famine in Cana'an. It is evident that Lot accompanied th...

   
 

The Shalom Zachar – And the Shabbos Kiddush for Girls

Written in honor of the shalom zachar of our sixth grandchild to take place b’ezras Hashem tonight. It is a minhag in Ashkenazic Jewish circles to ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Netziv on the Parsha - Lech Lecha (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 27, 2017 - Netziv on the Parsha - Lech Lecha Click here to listen...

   
 

Wrap Wars: A Halachic Analysis

“My Rabbi says its Hamotzi!” “Well, mine says you can make a mezonos!”  “What are you guys talking about?? It’s mefur...

   
 

Parshas Lech Licha - The Secret Behind Every Billionaire

Contrary to popular belief, the very first World War in recorded history did not occur in 1914. Rather, it occurred in this week’s Parshah, where 4 of the...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Doing Mitzvas for the Right Reasons

[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 m...

   
 

Parshas Lech Licha - Take It on the Chin

The saga of Avraham begins in earnest as he and his family set out on their fateful trek to the Promised Land. After finally settling in the land, a famine stri...

   
 

Parshas Lech Licha

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 ...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD  - Oct. 24, 2017  - mBefore Avraham's time, the world needed to be destroyed because of its corruptness. Avraham saved the world in...

   
 

May I Pass Up This Mitzvah?

Question #1: Inexperienced Father Abba Chodosh asks me the following question: “Before we relocated for a particular job, I had trained as a mohel. Since...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Arkeology

This past Wednesday, 28th of Tishrei, was the yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated leil...

   
 

Parshas Noach - The Purpose Of My Soul

Noach was a remarkable individual, a wunderkind from the outset. His arrival in the world was announced as a transformative event in history. The inability of t...

   
 

Parshas Noach - A True Jewish Princess

After the debacle of the deluge, G-d sought to rebuild mankind through Noach and his descendants. However, after the misguided united effort to build the Tower ...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Death-Defying

In this week’s Parshah, Noach is forced to live in the Ark in order to survive The Great Flood. Rashi (6:16) quotes a dispute regarding what Noach used as...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Efforts Rewarded

1) Miracles Versus Hishtadlus Ramban asks a very obvious question opening about the Flood in Parshas Noach: If you have sulfur and acid that’s pouring do...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Noach: A Human faith

A priest and a pastor from the nearby parishes stood along the side of the roadway, holding up a sign that reads, “The end is near!  Turn around befo...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Noach - Building & Destroying, Inside & Out- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct.. 17, 2017 - When the physical world was destroyed in the mabul, it was because the people had corrupted the world internally. Noach wa...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Being our Best

 In the first Pasuk of Parshas Noach, there is a Rashi which calls out for deeper analysis and explanation.  The famous Rashi, “B’Dorosav&...

   
 

Rabbi Avraham ibn Ezra and Parshas Noach

Among the rishonim in this week’s parsha, we find a dispute as to when the rainbow was created. The pesukim imply that the rainbow was created after the m...

   
 

Succos - The Thirteen Attributes

The Thirteen Attributes    Many of the thoughts presented in this dvar Torah have been written by R’ Yirmiyahu Kaganoff; I have liberally adde...

   
 

Simchas Torah/Bereishis - Earning A Living

The Torah states that vegetation was created on the third day of creation. Yet, the Torah also states that the vegetation did not actually sprout and bloom unti...

   
 

Parshas Bereishis: An Approach to Torah and Science

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 day.  Pa...

   
 

Sukkos 5778 - Breaking Bad Habits

[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 m...

   
 

Succos and Pesach: Looking Back and Lokking Forward

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

   
 

Aliyah Laregel

Question #1: Yizkor on Simchas Torah? “Is there a reason why Yizkor is recited in Eretz Yisroel in the middle of the Simchas Torah davening?” Ques...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5778

[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 m...

   
 

The Mitzvah of Eating on the Day Before Yom Kippur

THE MITZVAH The Shulchan Aruch (OC 604:1) rules that there is a Torah Mitzvah on Erev Yom Kippur to do the following three things: eat, drink, and have a...

   
 

The Great Haddasim Scam – A Halachic Analysis And Warning

“Psst..  Hey Buddy, wanna buy some Arba Minim? I got Lulavs, Esrogs, and some good Hadassim for you..” Watchout, however, you may be purchasin...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5778 - Believe It or Not!

In the days when the Temple stood, the selection of two he-goats on the Day of Atonement, with one being served up as a ‘Goat to G-d’ while the othe...

   
 

Water Recipes and Eating on Yom Kippur – A Halachic Analaysis

It is one of those things that no one really learns, almost like that invisible elephant in the room that we don’t want to talk about. Perhaps it is becau...

   
 

Washing on Yom Kippur

Question #1: Comfort “How do I wash my hands when I finish using the comfort facilities on Yom Kippur?”   Question #2: Knuckle down “...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Rediscovering Yom Kippur - The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 25, 2017 - Rediscovering Yom Kippur - The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu: A Dose of Inspiration - Why Jews Sing So Much

Parshas Ha’azinu is described in the Torah as a “Shira” - “Song”, and is known as “Shira’as Ha’azinu” (31:...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer's Special Shiur on Rosh Hashana and Teshuvah: Mission Statement (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 19, 2017 - Although Rosh Hashana is the first of the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, we don't ask for forgiveness in the tefillos of the day. W...

   
 

Hashem's Special People

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 &ldqu...

   
 

Keeping my Feet Together

Question #1: Proper posture “The Shemoneh Esrei on Rosh Hashanah is very long. Is it sufficient that I stand with my heels touching, or must my feet be s...

   
 

A Day of Battle

During the Mussaf service on Rosh Hashana we recite three sections consisting of verses from the Torah that commemorate respectively, G-d’s Kingship; Reme...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim/Vayeilech - Being Zoche to Geula

Towards the end of Parshas Nitzavim, there are twenty Psukim within which the Torah refers to the Brachos and Klalos, which were just delivered on Har Grizim an...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim/Vayeilech - Listen Up, Kids!

As the Torah wraps up the last of the 613 mitzvos, we are taught of the mitzvah of hakheil, which was performed on the Sukkos following a shemitah year. One of ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Ramban on the Parsha - Nitzavim Vayelech (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 15, 2017 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Ramban on the Parsha - Nitzavim Vayelech Click here to listen...

   
 

The Gift Of Teshuva and Rosh Hashanah

With Rosh Hashana right around the corner, it comes as no surprise that this week’s parshah discusses the mitzvah of Teshuva (repentance). Why does Teshu...

   
 

Parhsas Nitzavim/VaYeilech - Where Do You Stand

We begin the reciting of Selichos on Motzei Shabbos prior to Rosh Hashana, the anniversary of Man coming into existence, to acknowledge that all of Creation, wh...

   
 

With Many Still in Darkness and Rosh Hashanah Fast Approaching We Have the Power

As the days have gone by, I have the occasion to repeat this message to myself:        “You have the power.” Whe...

   
 

Watch: Rosh Hashana Inspiration From Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi (Video)

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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech - Rosh Hashana & Shema IV - Teshuva of the Heart (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 13, 2017 - We continue our discussion about Shema and accepting Hashem as our King on Rosh Hashana with the possu...

   
 

Do You Hate Those Annoying Robocalls? Are They Against Halacha?

They are called robocalls, and in the Jewish community, they have somehow figured out a way to circumvent the Do Not Call Registry. Often, the caller ID will i...

   
 

Responsible Jews

Since parshas Netzavim alludes to the agreed covenant of one Jew being responsible for others, it is an appropriate time to discuss the laws and rules of what w...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Ki Savo - Ramban on the Parsha (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 8, 2017 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Ki Savo - Ramban on the Parsha Click here to listen...