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Parshas Va'Eira - Tefilla - On the Edge of Everyone's Tongue

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 Va'Eira - An Optical Illusion

[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 Va'Eira - Holy Amphibians

When G-d first instructs Moshe to confront Pharaoh, he is told to tell him that “the G-d of the עברים/Hebrews, happened upon us. And now please let us go...

   
 

Parshas Va'eira - Denial...Doesn't Mean there Are No Consequences

Denial is not a river in Egypt A small child believes that by closing his eyes, the “monsters” he fears cease to exist. When Moshe foretold of the plague ...

   
 

Responsa of HaRav Yitzchak Berkovits, shlit”a, Regarding Pertinent Shmiras Haloshon Questions

This article is adapted from my newly-released sefer, “What Can I Say... Today?” (It is presently available online at Feldheim.com and is coming to bookstor...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Va'eira - The Covenant of Emunah- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 21, 2020 - In the first aliyah (portion) of Parshas Va'eira, Hashem appears to Moshe and tells him that He will redeem the Jewish peop...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: If At First You Don't Succeed...

A special Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my nephew, Chayim Yaakov Bulka of Yerushalayim on his Bar Mitzvah for which I have made the intercontinental trek. I do be...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: Creating Happiness

A lengthy dialogue between G-d and Moshe ensues subsequent to the encounter at the Burning Bush where G-d reveals his intent to charge Moshe with the task of ta...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: - I Cannot Do It

How many young men play in a pick-up game of basketball and glory in imagining themselves with the ball, time running out on the clock, their team down by one p...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Shemos

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Annulling a Vow

[Ed. Note]: There is a great new resource available for reviewing or learning the daf. Request to join by texting 7185772401 or clicking here or by emailing daf...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: The Decision

The birth of Moshe represents a turning point of the Jewish saga in Egypt. This would-be savior is arrived as the Jewish slaves are being mercilessly crushed by...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Far Afield

Thursday, 12 Teves, was the 12th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Joseph Schechter of Ner Yisrael. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Are You Travelling in the Right Direction?

Yaakov came to Egypt at the end of his life. He wants to give brochos to his sons. First he gives brochos to the sons of Yosef. They were special brochos for th...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Cosmic Arm Wrestling

Yosef eagerly prepares his children Menashe and Efraim to receive a personal blessing from their grandfather Yaakov. As Menashe is his firstborn and thus deser...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - It All Starts Today

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 - The Siyum Hashas, Met-Life and Goshen

Each of the fifty-two sections or parshiyot of the Torah are separated from the previous section by an empty space of at least nine letters. There is only one e...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - May God Make You Like Ephraim And Menashe...Left Is Right. Right Is Left.

Each Shabbat, we bless our sons with the names of Yaakov’s grandsons, may you be like these two, like Ephraim and Menashe.  But what, we may ask, makes t...

   
 

A King’s Forgiveness

In Bereishis 50:17 the shevatim sent Yosef a message that their father had allegedly told them that Yosef should forgive...

   
 

Loshon Hora: Researching a Business Partner

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer, “What Can I Say... Today?” All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framework. The pur...

   
 

The Many Facets Of Asarah B'Teves (Tuesday, Jan. 7, Zmanim)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 6, 2020 - Fast of Asara B’Teves: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020: Fast Begins 6:01 AM - Fast Ends 5:45 PM Although to many the only notable aspect...

   
 

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

Reposted upon request:Baltimore, MD - Dec. 27, 2017 - The Tenth of Teves is the date that commemorates both the siege around Yerushalayim that began the process...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Clothes Make the Man

After revealing his true identity, Yoseph and his brothers, once getting over the initial shock, are able to share a brief reunion.  Yoseph reassures them ...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Do You Relate?

A lot of things come together in this week’s parsha. We’ve already discussed the conflict between Yosef and his brothers and what Yosef was trying to achiev...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayigash

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Playing the Blame Game

[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 Vayigash - Perception is Reality

Today, 5 Teves, was the 42nd yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Israel Frankel, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'ilu...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Home Stadium

Yaakov dispatches Yehuda ahead of him to Goshen, להורות, to direct him. Yehuda was being entrusted with the mission to set up an appropriate abode for Y...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - What Would We Say?

As parents we may struggle with the simple truth that our children can never love and care for us as we do them.  Intellectually, and even spiritually, we ...

   
 

Giving What’s Deserved

Yosef gave each of his brothers one set of clothing, however he gave Binyomin five sets, Bereishis 45:22. The gemara in ...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz - The Twins from Yoseif

I have always found the text detailing the birth of Menasheh and Efryaim (41:50-52) rather intriguing. We are told that two sons were born to Yoseif before the ...

   
 

Vandalism Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Vandalizing Beverly Hills Synagogue

The suspect in the vandalism of the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills pleaded not guilty to charges earlier this week, announced police. Anton Redding, 24, was...

   
 

For Second Time This Month, Tombstones Vandalized In Jewish Cemetery In Slovakia

For the second time this month, tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Slovakia were vandalized. At the one in the northern town of Rajec, 22 gravestones were dese...

   
 

Insights Into Halacha: The Chanuka Candle / Havdalah Hullabaloo".

Chanuka, O Chanuka… Just thinking about the holiday of Chanuka should be enough to warm the cockles of anyone’s heart. With Menorah lighting, dreidel spinn...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz - Would You Recognize Your Brother?

This weeks Parsha gives us a deep insight into the human condition.  As the famine intensified throughout the land, Yaakov sent his sons down to Mitzrayim ...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz - Joy: The Best Medicine

Dedicated to Sarah Naomi Weiskind who personifies the joyous lesson of this week’s Dvar Torah. May she stay well and thrive ad 120. And to my dear brother-in...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Mikeitz

Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz - What's in a Name?

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and what...

   
 

Chanukah Miracles -The Little Dreidel (Photos)

Be realistic; plan for a miracle.                      ...

   
 

Chanukah 5780 - The Faceoff With Ancient Greece

Jewish festivals mark watershed moments in our national history- They celebrate, both events which advanced our historical mission as well as pivotal moments in...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Hishtadlus is our Battle Cry!

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 VaYeshev – What's Your Interpretation?

This week's parsha begins by developing the theme that shapes the next few parshios - Yoseif's dreams. There are two very distinct differences between...

   
 

Parshas VaYeshev – Windows

The only one of the ‘Seven Shepherds’ to achieve the appellation, HaTzadik -‘The’ Righteous One, is Yosef. Only a young lad of seventeen, Yosef heroical...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - A Mile in His Shoes

How beautiful are thy feet in sandals… (Shir Hashirim 7:2)       Is there anything more symbolic of the humility of man than o...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 18, 2019 - On Chanukah, we celebrate and appreciate our definition of life-a life of connection to Hashem and spirituality, and that which ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Vayeshev – The Strength to Resist

“Now it came to pass that since he had appointed him over his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the house of the Egyptian for Joseph's sak...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Who Is The Real Leader?

The final six parshiyot of the book of Breishit are dominated by the intense rivalry between two brothers vying for leadership and ultimately for Jewish monarch...

   
 

Greatness of Rachel Imenu

In the medrash on Eicha (24) it says that when the time came for the churban, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov came be...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Vayeishev - Yosef & Dreams- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 15, 2019 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayeishev, Yosef recounts his dreams to his brothers. These dreams seem to be ordinary dreams, an...

   
 

Eglah Arufah

Question #1: Which Cities? What are the requirements for a city to be obligated in eglah arufah? Question #2: Where? How do we measure to determine the oblig...

   
 

Parshas VaYishlach - Sometimes Vateizei is Good!

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 ...

   
 

Parshas VaYishlach - Truth Be Told

Esav is overwhelmed by Yaakov’s display of brotherly affection. In a sudden turn of heart, Esav genuinely offers to escort Yaakov’s family on their journey....

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas VaYishlach - Developing a Healthy Sense of Self

You can only run for so long. At some point the reality of our circumstances catch up with us. Yaakov knew the day would come when he would have to face his bro...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: VaYishlach

Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas VaYishlach - Do Not Be Jealous Of Riches; Envy Righteousness, And Pursue It

Money, power, position.  The fervent desire for and pursuit of these things has defined much of human history.  Our lust and need of these things, la...

   
 

Lashon Hara: Deflecting the Blame

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer, “What Can I Say... Today?” All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framework. The pur...

   
 

Davening for a Miracle

In Bereishis (32:11) the posuk tells us that Yaakov was worried that he was too small in stature to receive the kindness of H...

   
 

What Could be Wrong with the Steak?

One of my editors suggested that I mention to those who are squeamish that this article will be graphic about aspects of shechitah, so I am fulfilling this requ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei: It’s the Emotion That Counts

Throughout the saga of our forefathers and their families there are many moments depicting powerful emotions. The joyous laughter of Avraham and Sarah. The exp...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei: Tznius and Sensitivity, or Are They the Same Thing

Tucked away in this weeks Parsha, unbeknownst to many, is one of the chief M’koros the Gemara uses for the Mida of Tznius.   The Gemara cites Rochel...

   
 

New Daf Yomi Cycle Initiative Dedicates Day of Learning in Memory of ArtScroll Founder

Extending the chain of learning begun by Rav Meir Shapiro, ZTL, as the 14th Daf Yomi cycle begins anew, Klal Govoah aims to maximize Torah study by rallying Kla...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeitzei

Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Love, Distorter of Time

How often has a friend said, as he gets older, that “time seems to be going faster and faster every day.”  And it is true, as we age, time does seem to...

   
 

Hilchos Lashan Hara: Revealing Student Infractions

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer, “What Can I Say... Today?” All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framework. The pur...

   
 

Giving Ma'aser and a Chomesh

In Bereishis (28:22) the posuk tells us that Yaakov promised Hashem if he will come home peacefully, he will give “aser aas...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - The Value of a Work Ethic

Prior to fleeing his murderous brother, Ya’akov’s life was peaceful and serene. He reveled in the “tents” of study exploring God’s word and pondering ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Vayeitzei - Yaakov's Broader Horizons-First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 1, 2019 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov is on the run from his home. Even though Yaakov was leaving ...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Nurture v. Nature and Bechira

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 - Avoiding Depression

[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...