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The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Korach: If I Am I And You Are You, Then, I Am Truly I (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 28, 2022 - This shiur provocatively suggests that Korach’s dreams of grandeur were actually a virtue. His mistake was that he did not pur...

   
 

Parshas Korach: Democracy and Religion; Creatures of Rights of Creatures of Duty

Korach was a cynical demagogue who launched a mutiny against Moshe. This was nothing holy about his intentions. The actual claims he lodged however, did carry l...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Korach, Moshe and Aharon; Unity and Division - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2022 - In Parshas Korach, Korach and his people complain that Moshe and Aharon should not have special positions for themselves, they t...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin On Pirkei Avot: What We Need To Survive

רַבָּן שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן גַּמְלִיאֵל אוֹמֵר, עַל שְׁלשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד, עַל ה...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Fish and Chips: From Miami to Carmiel

A reader from Carmiel sent me a notice last week regarding "Kikar Miami." At first glance, it looked like any other restaurant advertisement until I read the fi...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Korach / Malachi's Friends

Boredom leads to sin and too much free time is dangerous. This assertion of our Sages is applicable to summer vacation and to Parashat Korach: The rebellion of ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach: Eretz Yisrael, The Real Deal

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. Of course, the most significant of events ...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Two Dots Next to Each Other (Shelach) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - June 24, 2022 - In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we do not talk about the difference between alligators and crocodiles. ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach: Hatzlacha!

After the nation was informed of the consequence for the sin of the spies, they grieved exceedingly. The next morning, evidently several of them regretted their...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives - Shlach: Lasting Letter

“The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Send out for yourself men who will scout the Land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel. You shall send o...

   
 

Parshas Shelach: Shabbat in the "Fields" or in "Shul"

Things were dire. A death sentence was handed down to an entire population. For the next thirty-eight years, they would aimlessly wander through hot desert sand...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / An Inspiring Story: When Former Addict Meets Judge Who Put Him Behind Bars

The following letter was received last night by Rabbi Eitan Ekstein, Director of Retorno, a center for treatment of addictions:"Shalom Rabbi Ekstein, My name is...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Shelach 5782/2022

Baltimore, MD – June 2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Do Not Feed a False Fire; When to Confront When to "Lay Low"

Of the twelve meraglim dispatched to scout the Promised Land, only Yehoshua and Caleb escaped the unforgivable sin of disparaging the land promised by God ...

   
 

Tzitzis

The Achronim ask a chakira regarding tzitzis. Is the “begged” of the tzitzis considered part of the mitzvah or ...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast -Shelach: Loving Eretz Yisroel as Our Mother (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 21, 2022 - The metaphor of Eretz Yisroel as a mother is rich and multidimensional. As our homeland, Eretz Yisroel provides a sense of ‘...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / No More "After The Elections"

The word "elections" came back into our lives in Israel yesterday and together with it the words "after the elections." These are magic words for "postponement"...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: The Jewish Home

יוֹסֵי בֶן יוֹעֶזֶר אִישׁ צְרֵדָה וְיוֹסֵי בֶן יוֹחָנָן אִישׁ יְרוּשָׁלַיִם קִבְּלוּ ...

   
 

Watch: Sefer Yehoshua Shiurim Bahalacha Vaagada From Horav Michoel Sorotzkin #12: "Crossing The Yarden" (Video)

Sefer Yehoshua Shiurim bahalacha vaagada from Horav Michoel Sorotzkin #12 "Crossing the Yarden". ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Doron Almog: About "Them" And About Us

Here are a few quotes from Doron Almog, a Major General (res.) in the IDF, founder of the Aleh Negev Rehabilitation Village, who was chosen yesterday as the new...

   
 

Parshas Behaaloscha - The Journey of ‘Life’!

Remarks delivered at the Talmudical Academy H.S. and 7th and 8th grade Hadran Alach celebration It is a privilege to speak to such an enthused audience who h...

   
 

Beha’aloscha Bus-Ride Gossip

I heard an amazing Dvar Torah from R’ Ozer Alport: At the conclusion of our parshah, the Torah tells us about Miriam Ha’Navi’ah relating subtle criticism ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives - Behaaloscha - Standing Together

The Torah recounts an interesting event. As Moshe reviews the laws of Pesach and the details of the Paschal lamb offering, a group approaches worried they will ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Mazal Tov, Goldin Family

Hadar Goldin, a Lieutenant in the Givati Brigade of the IDF, was killed and kidnapped in Gaza by Hamas terrorists. To this day his body has not been returned fo...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Behaaloscha 5782/2022

Baltimore, MD – June 2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Ask the Front Desk (Ba'haloscha) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - June 15, 2022 - Welcome back to The Torah Sparks Podcast. In this week's episode, we discuss the imperative difference between viewing othe...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Chasidic Engineer And A.B. Yehoshua

Yesterday the writer A.B. Yehoshua, winner of the Israel Prize, passed away. Michael Alush, former senior engineer for Israel Aerospace Industries and a Chabad ...

   
 

Listen: Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 72 - Beha'aloscha by Daniel Balsam

Baltimore, MD - June 15, 2022 - Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 72  - Beha'aloscha Click on the arrow below to listen: ...

   
 

Bracha On Manna

What Bracha did the Yidden make on the Manna in the Midbar? On bread we make Hamotzielechem min Haaretz. Did they make the same bracha? There are seven opinions...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Behaloscha: The Power of a Mother’s Love Coupled with The Power of Her Own Self-Confidence (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 13, 2022 - When a child kicks and screams, a mother nurtures him with love and patience, but most of all her own equilibrium and self-confi...

   
 

Taking out the Sefer Torah

 Question #1: Confused genealogist asks: Which? Which Keil erech apayim should I say? Question #2: Caring husband/son asks: Who? My wife is due to giv...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: The Foundation(s) of Our World

הוּא (שִׁמְעוֹן הַצַּדִּיק) הָיָה אוֹמֵר, עַל שְׁלשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד, עַל ה...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beha'alotecha / To taste the flavor

What do we do about boredom? The Torah portion of Beha'alotecha is full of the nation's complaints. In places named Taveirah or Conflagration (represe...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Bring it On

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. This week's parsha is indeed the long...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beha'alotecha / The Time Is Short And The Love Is Great

Summer vacation is almost here. Ruhama Vogel, principal of the Amit Ori High School in Ma'ale Adumim, wrote this week to her school community regarding the...

   
 

Listen: Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 71 - Naso by Daniel Balsam

Baltimore, MD - June 10, 2022 - Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 71  - Naso Click on the arrow below to listen: ...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Zei Gebentshed

One of the most powerful blessings we have been gifted with is the Birkas Kohanim — The Priestly Blessing. The very first blessing they are to bestow on us i...

   
 

Parshas Naso: Broke Billionaires Who Lost Everything

This week’s Pasrhah details the Birchas Kohanim of “y’varechecha Hashem v’yishmerecha…” (6:24-26). Interestingly, we all say these pasukim of Birch...

   
 

Parshas Naso: Why Are We Really Doing This?

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...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives - Naso: Death & Determination

It is in this week’s Parsha that we are introduced to an important personality – the Nazir. He is a man who takes a vow to abstain from wine, cutting his ha...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Naso: Who Is Holding Whom? How to Feel Elevated Rather Than Burdened by Our Mitzvah Responsibilities (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 9, 2022 - Mitzvos demand so much of us, and it might seem natural to struggle with a feeling of burdensomeness. However, the meta-motif of ...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Marshmallows Can Hurt (Nasso) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - June 9, 2022 - In this week's version of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss the painful reality of being a bar mitzvah boy and being the ...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Love and Blessing

Faults are thick where love is thin… Love is hard. No, not the travails of romance that are peddled by the entertainment industry – whether film, books or...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Treasure Next Door

"Shalom Sivan, My name is Yotam Mahler. I grew up on a kibbutz in the Galilee. I always knew that I was the grandson of the great-grandson of Rabbi Yaakov Meir,...

   
 

Parshas Naso: A Brave New World

The drama of a nazir illustrates our delicate interface with the physical world which surrounds us. God crafted us as spiritual creatures- more angel than anima...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Naso 5782/2022

Baltimore, MD – June 2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: The Significance of Three

The Significance of Three הוּא (שִׁמְעוֹן הַצַּדִּיק) הָיָה אוֹמֵר, עַל שְׁלשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Move Closer to Home (Bamidbar/Shavuos) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - June 3, 2022 - Besides for the price, there is a major difference between those who sit in the bleachers at a baseball game and those who sit cl...

   
 

Halachos Relevant to One Who Stayed Up All Night & Nairos, Kiddush and Havdalah on Yom Tov

Baltimore, MD - June 3, 2022 -These halachos were written up by Rabbi Shalom Aryeh Greenfield and reviewed by HaRav Moshe Heinemann, shlita.Click on the graphic...

   
 

Rabbi Zvi Teichman - Never Turn Back - Shavuos 5782

Every day we are commanded to remember the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Some recite at the end of Shacharis the daily six different remembrances we ar...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Erev Shavuot: Separation from Rabbi Uri Zohar, zt"l (Video)

Rabbi Uri Zohar was a famous Israeli actor and movie director who became religiously observant 40 years ago. On Erev Shavuot, the festival of Matan Torah, he pa...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives - Bamidbar: Making the Honor Roll

The Lord spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert, in the Tent of Meeting on the first day of the second month, in the second year after the exodus from the land of E...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha - Find Your Inner Levi: Inspiration for Bamidbar and Shavuos (Video)

WhatsApp Video 2022-06-02 at 4.36.53 PM.mp4 from BaltimoreJewishLife.com on Vimeo....

   
 

Listen: Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 70 - Shavuos 3 by Daniel Balsam

Baltimore, MD - June 1, 2022 - Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 70  - Shavuos by Daniel Balsam  Click on the arrow below to listen: ...

   
 

Shavuot: Why Did G-d Speak With Us

About twenty years ago, I arrived in Chicago's O'Hare airport for my turnaround flight back to NYC. Entering the airport, I discovered that my flight ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Last Night on ZOOM in a Pre-Shavuot Shiur 10,000 Women Heard Three Pieces Of Advice From Dr. Michael Abulafia

Some 10,000 women registered for a Mitchadshot (women's renewal) workshop held last night as a Zoom presentation in preparation for the festival of Shavuot...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Shavuos: The Role of Humanism in Matan Torah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2022 - Humanism, culture, and character development. All these attributes are valuable, and even indispensable, but only as means to Mat...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Reliving Matan Torah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 30, 2022 - We are instructed to remember the event of Maamad Har Sinai, when we received the Torah. It used to be that people relived this e...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / 5 Facts Regarding The Liberation Of Jerusalem

In recent conversations with our youth concerning Jerusalem Day, I have come to understand that it is necessary to review some basic historical facts. Here are ...

   
 

How We Rise Up — The Greatness of Torah Learning

רַבִּי מֵאִיר אוֹמֵר כָּל הָעוֹסֵק בַּתּוֹרָה לִשְׁמָהּ, זוֹכֶה לִדְבָרִים הַרְבֵּה. ...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Growth Mindset

One of the few players to go straight from college baseball to the MLB was left-handed pitcher, Jim Abbot. Through the 1990s, Abbot played for the Angels, Yanke...

   
 

Rabbi Yisrael Motzen: It's Time to Whisper

Baltimore, MD - May 27, 2022 - I was once walking through the streets of Yerushalayim with a chassid on a Friday night. A car passed by, and he whispered, “Sh...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Lighten Up!

We are promised that if we follow G-d’s decrees and observe all His commandments G-d will grant us prosperity, peace, children, and the Temple. Yet, in contra...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai: Miracle On Ice - When the USA Olympic Hockey Team Stunned the World

This week we conclude sefer Vayikra with parshas Bechukosai, which is commonly referred to as the parsha of “tochacha” – rebuke. Why? Because it is full o...