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Yom Kippur 5781: Why is This Year Different Than All Other Years?

Every year on Yom Kippur we are given an incredible opportunity for Teshuva.  Indeed, the commentaries teach us that on Yom Kippur the special “zman“ c...

   
 

Bais Yaakov To Have Distance-Learning Only for the Few Days Before Sukkos

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 27, 2020 - The following was just sent by Bais Yaakov to its parent body: Dear Bais Yaakov Parents and Staff, Due to an uptick in positi...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5781 - Teshuva

After learning in Yeshiva full time for five years after High School, I was fortunate to be able to learn half days, several days a week when I was first marrie...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu/Shuva - Judgement

In the beginning of this week's parsha in the song of Ha'azinu, HaShem is praised (32:4) as "Keil emunah v'ein avel," a God of trust with whom th...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Ha'azinu -The Greatest Song of All

האזינו השמים ואדברה ותשמע הארץ אמרי פי “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! And let the earth hear the words of my mouth!”...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

[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 Ha'azinu - Return Again, Return Again

From the moment Rosh Hashana is done we hit the ground running, initiating the Ten Days of Repentance by fasting, commemorating the tragic death of Gedaliah ben...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Role Models for the Goyim

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...

   
 

Rabbi Binyamin Marwick: Yom Kippur Halachos and Guide for Davening Alone

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 24, 2020: The following was sent this morning to members of Shomrei Emunah: Halachic Guidance from Rabbi Marwick for Yom Kippur ...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Parshas Haazinu - The Threesome Chain

The Gemara (Shabbos 88a) quotes “a certain Galilean” as having said “Blessed is the Merciful One, Who gave a three-fold Torah [in the broad sense, Torah, ...

   
 

Rosh Hashanah 5781 - Musings from a Bee's Sting

[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...

   
 

Rosh Hashanah - A Breathtaking Year

Someone approached me to suggest an appropriate verse to imprint on a protective face mask he was interested in marketing. My instinctive response was a passage...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Sings and Speaks Erev Rosh HaShannah (Video)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 17, 2020 -  Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Sings and Speaks Erev Rosh HaShannah Click here to watch      ...

   
 

Watch: Creative Textual Studies by Rabbi Yonah Sklare: How to Live Tekias Shofar as a Deep Personal Experience (Video)

Baltimore, Md - Sept. 16, 2020 - BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) is pleased to welcome Rabbi Yonah Sklare to its growing list of Torah contributors. Rabbi Yonah ...

   
 

Watch: Inside ArtScroll Episode 7 - Interview with Rabbi Binyomin Pruzansky, Author of Chizuk for Your Heart (Video)

The newest episode of Inside ArtScroll features a full-length interview with Rabbi Binyomin Pruzansky, author of the new book, Chizuk for Your Heart. Rabbi Pruz...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Rosh Hashanah 5781

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

   
 

Davening For Mitzvos

In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 583 we learn that one should eat various simanim on the night of Rosh Hashana. Upon eating black-eye...

   
 

Loshon Hora in Regard to Shidduchim

This article is adapted from Rabbi Dovid Jaffee’s newly released sefer, “What Can I Say… Today?” on the laws of Loshon Hora in contemporary times. All h...

   
 

Halachos of Selichos - Reviewed by Rav Moshe Heinemann

Reviewed by Rav Moshe Heinemann שליט"א Written by Shalom Aryeh GreenfieldClick on the graphics below for a larger, printable copy*************************...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech: It's Right Here!

This week's parsha speaks much about teshuvah and the study of Torah. The pasuk proclaims "For this mitzvah (the w...

   
 

Corona Diary #14: Coping With a Rosh Hashanah Without

The term “without“ best captures this year’s challenging Rosh Hashanah.  Due to health guidelines so many classic features of Rosh Hashanah will be m...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech - You're Cutout For This

Nitzovim and Vayelech are usually a unit. They discuss the bris we made with Hashem. But Chazal ask: Klal Yisroel already made a bris with Hashem at Har Sinai. ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Nitzavim/Vayelech - It Is Closer than You Think

“For this commandment which I command you this day, is not concealed from you, it is not far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will ...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Pro-Choice?

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 Netzavim/Vayeilech - Fight to the Finish

To the one who says in the face of calamity, “I will have peace, even if I do as I see fit”, G-d responds that he will not forgive him. (דברים כט י...

   
 

A Last Message From My Rebbi

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 8, 2020 - Dear Friends, several years ago I wrote a D'var Torah a week before Rosh Hashana and as usual, I sent a copy to my long tim...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim: Can We Change?

In the 1978 documentary, Scared Straight! a group of juvenile delinquents are confronted by real convicts who shout at, berate and generally seek to terrify the...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Nitzavim/Vayelech

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

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim: G-D's Part in Teshuva

Teshuva is G-d's ultimate gift to all of humanity. The ability to invert our past, transmute our personality and rehabilitate our broken relationship with ...

   
 

Calming Effect

The Torah tells us in Devarim 29:9 “All Yidden are standing here before Hashem…” The Medrash says the re...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - The Pleasure Principle

...Man was created solely, להתענג על ד', to delight in G-d and to derive pleasure in the radiance of the Shechina (divine presence). For this is t...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - The Responsibilty of Being Great

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 “Am Seg...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - So Much Good

After entering the land and harvesting its produce, Bnei Yisroel are given the Mitzvah of Bikurim –bringing the first fruits to the Mishkan or Beis Hamikdash ...

   
 

Parshat Ki Tavo - What Does It Take? Humility Is Only For The Strong, Teshuva Only For The Humble

In speaking to potential ba’alei teshuvah we often say, just do the mitzvah, just light the candles; the action will begin to suffuse the goodness into your s...

   
 

Parshat Ki Tavo - Do We Uphold Torah?

Finally, the long-awaited moment has arrived. The book of Devarim forecasts the settlement of Israel, and the ensuing cultural challenges which this younger gen...

   
 

Bikurim During Shmittah

The Torah  tells us in Devarim 26:1,2 that when you enter Eretz Yisroel you should bring the first ripened fruit as a gift to...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - More Than Mere Gratitude

The very first Rashi in the Torah, quoting a Midrash, indicates the importance of Bikkurim, the first fruits offering that opens parshas Ki Savo.  Bikkurim...

   
 

Elul: A Simple Phone Call Will Do

I’m not ashamed of the fact that I love talking to my parents every night There is an image of the Jewish mother, calling from her Florida apartment and leav...

   
 

KI Seitzei - Keep Plowing

In this week's parsha we are taught of the prohibition against plowing with an ox and a donkey together (22:10). Rashi writes that this prohibiti...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Ki Seitzei - The Sublime Subconscious

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to take it; it shall be [left] for the stranger, the orphan, ...

   
 

KI Seitzei - Finding Integrity

There is a perplexing statement recorded in the middle of this week’s Parsha. “ לאֹ־תִרְאֶה אֶת־שׁוֹראָחִיךָ אוֹ אֶת־שׂ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - The Uncut Version of Life

Be cautious regarding the lesion of tzara’as...  that you do not remove any of the signs of uncleanness, and that you do not cut off a baheres. (דברי...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Mark the Spot

 Bnei Yisroel were given specific instructions on who is eligible and who may serve as a soldier in the conquest of Eretz Yisroel.  Exemptions were gi...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Still Waiting?

[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...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - What We Remember, What We Forget

There is a movie in which the main character suffers from severe short-term memory loss.  To cope, he develops a system that allows him to negotiate the wo...

   
 

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Hard to Hear

When recounting in this week’s parsha, Ki Seitzei (23:6) how Balak hired Bilaam to curse Klal Yisrael, the Torah states how Hashem “refused to hear” what ...

   
 

What Must A Community Know?

Every now and then, I am bowled over by some piece of Torah that I read. Even if I wrote the words myself. Such was the case after I finished writing my weekl...

   
 

Maakeh In The Bais Hamikdosh

The Torah  tells us in Devarim 22:8 that when you build a new home you should make a “maakeh,” a special gate, for your roof so that you shou...

   
 

Semicha and Sanhedrin Controversies of the 16th and 21st Centuries

Last week, we learned what are the roles and responsibilities of the Sanhedrin, what exactly is semicha, and why is it such a central factor in the creation of ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - Battle Ready

R' Sadia Gaon lists 10 symbolic approaches to why we blow the shofar on Rosh HaShanah. However, he makes only a remote, if any, reference to the connection...