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Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayera 5782/2021

Baltimore, MD – Oct. 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 – Parshat Vayera: They are Watching You

The kindergarten teacher arranged the table for the weekly Shabbos party in her class. Little “Moshe” was the Shabbos Abba that week and stood at the end of...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Hineini: Abraham's Test and Our Future

And Abraham raised his eyes and saw - behold a ram! - afterwards, caught in the thicket by its horns, so Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as an offe...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayeira / How to make a sandwich

A friend of mine, a mother of several children, wrote me as follows:"When it comes to making sandwiches, washing dishes, and helping our kids with their homewor...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Power Of Tefillin

As his Bar Mitzvah approaches, our son Natanel began putting on tefillin yesterday amidst great excitement.My father-in-law, Rabbi Eliav Meir, told us that he h...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Why Is She Called "Our Mother Rachel?"

Today, the 11th of Cheshvan is the day that our mother Rachel passed away. The following is what Naomi Levenstein wrote about her - and about us:"There is somet...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Lech-Lecha / Why is Avraham our father?

If they make a list of the most influential figures in human history, Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu will appear at the top. It's difficult to exaggerate t...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - The Largest Domino Effect

On August 6th, 2019 the human race achieved a feat never completed by mankind. I think part of the reason it was never achieved is because no one ever even thou...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Presents of Mind

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Yiddel and The Band [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 15, 2021  - Quite often, you will listen to a song and have a hard time actually hearing and understanding the lyrics. In this week�...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - A Split Decision

One can only imagine the sheer frustration Avraham must have sensed upon discovering the contention that developed between his shepherds and those of his nephew...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Lech Lecha - Always Careful

And the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (Bereishis ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha on Lech Lecha - True Impact (Video)

Every action has a reaction. What I do has a real impact, not just for myself, but on those around me and on future generations. ...

   
 

Parshas Lech Licha: The Jewelry Heist

This week’s parshah begins with Hashem telling Avraham Avinu to leave his home and that he would be greatly rewarded for doing so. Avaraham obeyed and, by doi...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Lech L’cha The All Star Cast

I was once meeting with a group of community activists prior to the holiday season. We were discussing the needs of individuals and how to best appropriate reso...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Lech-Lecha / The first aliyah

Actually, Avraham Avinu was the first oleh chadash (new immigrant) to the Land of Israel. This week, we recognize this fact officially - Avraham's "aliyah ...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha: I Want it Now!

Who is the wise person? He who sees the future. - Talmud “Hashem said to Avram, ‘Go for yourself from your land...to the land that I will show you...’...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Lech Lecha 5782/2021

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Bless For Us This Year (V'Tain Tal U'Matar L'vracha)

Today, in Eretz Yisrael, it begins. On the seventh of Cheshvan, we begin to pray for rain. In the Amidah prayer, the focal point of the prayer service. Ashkenaz...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha: Avraham’s Dilemma

You could not have scripted a better scenario. Avraham was missioned to preach a new religion to a confused world. He spoke of a "one G-d" who alone, created di...

   
 

Nedarim and Kibbud Av

In Bereishis 12:1 the posuk tells us that Hashem commanded Avraham to leave his land,  his birthplace, and the hou...

   
 

The Talis Exchange and Other Lost Stories

Question #1: THE TALIS EXCHANGE Dovid asked me the following shaylah: “I put down my talis in shul and, upon returning, discovered that it had been replaced ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Praying For Recovery Is One Thing, Sharing When It Happens Is Another

Several days ago, during a large women's event, a teenage girl approached me. I did not recognize her, but then she said her name: "Naama Har Kesef."Wow. N...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What Real Education Is All About

Today, 350,000 higher education students begin the school year. During the coming days, millions more who started school before the holidays will resume kinderg...

   
 

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

Before Avraham's time, the world needed to be destroyed because of its corruptness. Avraham saved the world in his time through an internal transformation,...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Birds of a Feather

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h (who is also quoted below.) The Weekly...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Head Start

10 generations after the דור המבול, a new wicked generation arose, namely, the דור הפלגה – the generation of the dispersed. Besides for a hand...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me

This past Sukkos, because of its early arrival, we were not only blessed with warm weather, but we were also inundated by hundreds of pesky flies.   Follo...

   
 

Slow Down (Noach)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 8, 2021  - In a world that was running from pleasure to pleasure, Noach found the fortitude to walk with G-d. In this week's pod...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / A Thought For The New Month

Chodesh tov! Have a good month! Today is the 1st of the month of Cheshvan. With the conclusion of Tishrei, the routine starts all over again. Rabbi Zalmen Wishe...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Raising Children

The Torah’s account of the most prominent siblings in early civilization is not a pretty picture.  Kayin kills Hevel and Noach’s sons’ differences sp...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Noach: The Straw That Broke

Parshat Noach relates the incident of the mabul, the flood that destroyed the world. Only Noach, his wife Naama, their family and a representation of 2 or 7 of ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Stop Circling (Noach)

“And he sent forth the raven, and it went out, back and forth until the waters dried up off the earth” (Genesis 8:7) The floodwaters had receded, and Noach...

   
 

Parshas Noach - The Tower Of Peace

In this week’s parsha, we learn in detail about the mabul that Hashem brought to destroy the entire planet, other than those saved on the teivah, due to manki...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Say Thanks To The Orchestra

Thousands of students and their families came last night to the Binyanei HaUmah auditorium to salute Rabbi Baruch Chait, head of the Maarava Machon Rubin yeshiv...

   
 

Parshas Naoch - Say What You Mean. Words Matter

Vayomer Elokim… And God said… With the power and majesty of His words, God brings into being all of Creation.  With ten Divine utterances, all that i...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Noach 5782/2021

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

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: Keep It Together (Video)

If we are able to see Hashem in everything, we will experience an inner tranquility. The same G-d who created the world also created my circumstances. I can acc...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Breakdown Is Not Only In The Social Networks

Starting from yesterday evening, with the worldwide breakdown of the social networks, we experienced Noah's Ark and the Tower of Babel up close. These are ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bereishit / A grandfather's wish for his Bat Mitzvah girl

The following words have not left me for several days. The Farkash family came from the United States to Jerusalem to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of their daughte...

   
 

Kibbud Av of Terach

In Bereishis 11:32 the posuk tells us that Terach died in Charan. Rashi explains that the Torah first dis...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bereishit / Refueling after the holidays

After the holidays, everything is new again . . . we are all full of exciting plans and ideas for the new year and yet, on the other hand, we are weary and appr...

   
 

What Are They Choosing

"The serpent's words come in a vast array of forms, but its goal is always the same" In Nurture Their Nature, Rabbis Yosef Lynn and Jack Cohen present a f...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - May You Be Blessed, Part II

This coming Monday, 28 Tishrei, is the 20th yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, z"l. This week's shtikle is dedicated l...

   
 

Parshas Bereishis - Shabbos on Mt. Everest

Climbing Mt. Everest is no small feat. According to the National Geographic, “at 29,035 feet, the summit of Mt. Everest has approximately one-third the air pr...

   
 

Food Coloring and Shabbos

Question #1: Mixing drinks “May I mix red and white wines on Shabbos?” Question #2: Cake decorating “May I decorate a cake on Shabbos?” Answer: One...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Instant Gratification (Breishis)

“In the beginning God created heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) From the time we are children, we are taught the awesome and inspiring story of creation...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bereishit / What Is Written About You In Parashat Bereishit?

It is written in the book "Netivot Shalom" that every person needs to read the Torah as if it was written about him. In other words, we do not read parashat Ber...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - The Amazon Seller

At the end of our parshah, a relatively short amount of time after Hashem had just created the world, He utterly regretted His decision and decided to wipe out ...

   
 

Listen: Shabbos on Mt. Everest -Bereishis (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 1, 2021  - How do people trek up 29,035 feet to the summit of Mt. Everest? Simple. They need to acclimatize to the changes in air pres...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Shabbos: Together With Hashem

Bereishis contains many firsts.  For that matter it really contains all firsts.  Central however to all the firsts is the existence of Shabbos.  ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Who Knows Eleven?

One of the great marvels of creation are the vast volume of stars that comprise the innumerable galaxies in space. But were stars actually created? The ve...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Breishis 5782/2021

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / A Post-holiday Prayer

Rabbi Zavik Harel wrote the following post-holiday prayer:"Our Father our King, gather all the sparks.Take all the exhaustion that was tossed aside by young and...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bereishit / We begin from the beginning!

Welcome back from the holidays to the special moments of our daily routine! Where do we go from here? To the first Torah potion, parashat Bereishit. This week w...

   
 

Simchas Torah/V’zos Habracha: The South-Indian Monkey Trap

In the final pasukim in the Torah, the pasuk that we read on Simchas Torah, Hashem Himself provides the ultimate eulogy for the greatest Navi of all time - Mosh...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / There Is A Part Of The Torah For Everyone

Elad Atias from Ma'ale Adumim just turned 13. He suffers from epilepsy, a learning disability, and autism. The following was written to me by his mother, G...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: The Dirty Welcome Mat (Vzos Habracha/Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2021  - In this episode, we tip our hats to all of the Welcome Mats of the world, who despite getting dirty time and time again,...

   
 

Simchat Torah - To Kiss, To Dance, To Be One

To kiss is to express intimacy; to dance is to fill space with movement, with passion and joy.  In small and large ways, to kiss and to dance are ways to e...

   
 

Shemini Atzeres / Simchas Torah - May You be Blessed

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Succos/Simchas Torah 5782

The YomTov of Succos represents multiple ideas within the Torah and the Mepharshim.  The Torah tells us that the Chag recalls how we lived in these makeshi...

   
 

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 5782 - A Duet between Hashem and Man

The chag of Sukkot isn’t anchored to a particular historical period, or geographical location. It doesn’t commemorate a miraculous event which occurred on a...

   
 

Sukkos 5782 - Flood, Sweat & Tears

[Sent from the sukkah] The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / You Are A Wonder

Today, 211 years ago, Rebbe Nachman of Breslav passed away. Here is one of his most powerful thoughts: "I am a wonder, my soul is a great wonder; there never wa...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Sukkos 5782/2021

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Two Sukkot Messages

Hadar Goldin once painted a wonderful picture of a boy sitting under a tree. The boy looks out at nature and changes the living world he sees into music. This p...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / We Are Like A Sukkah

Here are a few words from Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks about the sukkah and about us:"The festival of Sukkot takes us back to the most elemental roots of our ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / A week of liberation

Tonight it happens. We enter the sukkah. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz once wrote about this moment as follows:"In a life that is too settled and fixed, there is a dang...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Thoughts On The Arba'at Haminim Market

Last night we visited the arba'at haminim market in Kfar Chabad. With what did I leave besides a set of arba'at haminim for our family?I saw intensive...

   
 

Watch Horav Michoel Sorotzkin, shlit"a: Sukkot in the Midbar? Did B'nai Yisroel sit in a Sukkah? Daled Minim? (Ivrit)

Sukkot in the Midbar? Did B'nai Yisroel sit in a Sukkah during the 40 years in the Midbar? Were they mekayem the mitzvah of Daled Minim? A unique shiur by ...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Our Mission

HaAzinu marks the final time in the Torah where Hashem foretells the future generations of Klal Yisroel after they enter Eretz Yisroel.  Indeed, some M’p...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - A Reckless 8 MPH

Did you know that the first person ever convicted of speeding was driving a whopping 8 mph?! According to the Guinness World Records, on January 28, 1896, an En...