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Parshas Balak - Looks Can Kill

This past Thursday, 15 Tammuz, was the 16th yahrzeit of my wife's grandmother, Mrs. Shirley Yeres, Chaya Sheindel bas Alexander HaLevi. The previous ...

   
 

Torah Lishma

The gemara in Nazir, daf chof gimmel, amud bais and Sanhedrin, daf kuf heh, amud bais and in Horiyus, daf yud gimel...

   
 

Shaving And Haircuts During The Three Weeks

 Question #1: Bushy presenter “My company sent me out of town to meet a new client, and I forgot to have my hair cut before Shiva Asar BeTamuz. May I ha...

   
 

Parshas Balak - The Value of Bechira

In Parshas Balak, the Torah describes for us in graphic detail, one of the most colorful stories in the Chamishei Chumshei Torah, that of Bilham and his donkey ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Dust Yourself Off

Bilaam tells Balak the Jews are impervious to his curses, for “Who has counted the dust of Yaakov, or who can number the seed of Israel”.    Rash...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Hashem Loves and Protects Us

1) “Vayeilchu ziknei Moav v’ziknei Midyan u’kesamim b’yadam” We are looking at the Vilna Gaon’s comments and he has a couple of very interesting on...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Balak 5777 - The Prophet of the Nations - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2019 - Bilaam's prophecy is compared to Moshe Rabbeinu's. In this shiur we analyze the difference between Moshe Rabbeinu, the...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - The Cost of Accepting Evil

As Bnei Yisroel continue through the midbar on their way to Eretz Yisroel, we are shown in vivid clarity, the face of evil.  Moshe requests permission from...

   
 

Parsha Perspectives: Chukas-Appreciation And Actualization

“The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh. Miriam died there and wa...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Hauer: From the Ashes - A Reflection for Parshas Chukas

Torah thoughts should be grounded in a clear reading of sources, from the verses themselves to Midrash and primary commentaries.  The following does not me...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - The Empty Mida

This weeks Parsha relates one of the most difficult stories which took place in the Midbar.  With Bnei Yisroel complaining about the lack of water after th...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Charmah X 2

Today, 9 Tammuz, is the 4th yahrtzeit of my sister-in-law, Batsheva Yeres. The shtikle is dedicated le’iluy nishmasah, Batsheva Blima, a...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Parah-Aduma.Com

The purification process of the Parah Adumah (red heifer) is considered the quintessential “chok” – a mitzvah which seems to defy human logic and which we...

   
 

Our Three Sons...In Memory of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel

It has been five years since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near the Gush. Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped and murdered ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Not a Time for Humility

An attempt is made by Moshe to take a shortcut on the Children of Israel’s journey to the promised land through the territory of Edom. In what appears to be ...

   
 

Thursday Afternoon Update (as of 4:19) On The Search For Rabbi Reuven Bauman, Reuven Tzvi Ben Esther Baila, from Rabbi Sender Haber

Baltimore, MD - July 11, 2019 - BJL just received this update via e-mail: Thursday afternoon update: Search continues with helicopter, boats, and people w...

   
 

Parshat Chukat - Angry Humans

The Rambam authored a well-known principle known as the “golden mean” or the middle road. Every trait embedded within the human heart can ultimately prove b...

   
 

Parshas Chukat - Our Independence. Our Community. Our Song

You can cage the singer but not the song. Harry Belafonte No “one-hit wonder”, the Torah presents us with two great songs.  The first, and most fa...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Sleeping On Top Of Food

In Bamidbar, Perek Yud Tes, posuk Yud Daled, the posuk tells us what the rules of tumah are after a person dies including the rule...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Chukas - Kibbud Av & Parah Adumah- First Aliyah(Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 8, 2019 - Parah Adumah is the quintessential chok, a law which is impossible for us to understand. It is atonement for the c...

   
 

Parshas Korach - The Big Kahunah

One of the more intriguing challenges in understanding the uprising led by Korach is putting a finger on exactly what Korach's main complaint was. What was...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Think Before You Speak

In Moshe Rabeinu’s handling of the conflict with Korach, we see many of his greatest talents on display.  Many of the P’sukim cry out for explanation a...

   
 

Parshas Korach - OOF!

Dasan and Aviram lace into Moshe, cynically accusing him of having brought them out of Egypt, a ‘land flowing with milk and honey’, to die in the wilderness...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Hashem, Absolutely!

The story of Korach has many aspects to it. We need to explore what was motivating Korach and how he was able to convince himself and a large number of people t...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Gehenom and Machlokes Insights

1) Gehenom for Korach We have the story that Moshe says (Bamidbar 16:30) to Hashem, “im briah yivra Hashem patzah ha’adamah es pi’ha”.  The land w...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Korach - No Man Is An Island

…Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend? - Carole King Passion.  Hubris.  Foolishness.  When is a man’s charge to war a ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Korach 5778 - Selfless Leadership - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 2, 2019 - Parshas Korach is a parsha of dispute and rebellion. Korach and his followers want leadership positions for honor for themselves,...

   
 

Money in Der Erd

In Bamidbar, Perek Tes Zayin, posuk lamed bais, the posuk tells us that the earth opened its mouth and swallowed Korach and his pe...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Getting Stoned

In the end of the parsha we have the episode of the mekosheish eitzim, the one who gathered wood on Shabbos who was given the death penalty for t...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - A Divine Track Record

The drama unfolded quickly. The Spies came back from their expedition and reported that our enemies within Eretz Yisrael were giants and much too powerful to ov...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - We Can Do Better

After the negative report from the Miraglim, one of the less discussed quandaries was the vacuum in leadership left behind.  The entire generation would ha...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Taragin: Democracy and Its Demons

This weekend-as the USA celebrates Independence Day- we inevitably reflect upon the dramatic introduction of democracy into the human theater. Democracy and its...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Unfinished Business

Although we know much about the two heroes, Yehoshua and Calev, in the episode of the spies, about all we know about the rest of the cast of spies is just their...

   
 

Parshas Shlach - Gratitude and Attitude

  1) Why is the Season Significant? In Parshas Shlach the Meraglim are sent, and in perek 13, pasuk 20, they are told, “V’hischazaktem.”  Be st...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - When It Comes To Israel G-D Tells It Like It Is

I get all the news I need from the weather report… Paul Simon Minhag has always been foundational to our Jewish experience.  One of the great benefits ...

   
 

Parshat Shelach -The Panic Button

Moshe launches a reconnaissance mission and expects honest reporting. We can't possibly conquer this hotly contested country without accurate intel and wi...

   
 

Fruit Of Eretz Yisroel

In Bamidbar, Perek Yud Gimmel, posuk chof the posuk tells us that Moshe told the Meraglim to strengthen themselves and take from the fruits of Eretz Y...

   
 

Parshas Beha’aloshcha - Shining Torah Wisdom

1) Menorah is “Pesach Divarecha Ya’ir” We start off with talking about the menorah which is what the Torah begins the parsha about, and there’s a very ...

   
 

Parshas Behaalosecha - Individuality

[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 Behaalosecha - What Will I Be Like In The Next World?

Over the course of their 40 years traveling through the desert, the Jewish nation complained to Moshe Rabbeinu on multiple occasions. Additionally, some partici...

   
 

Parshas Behaalosecha - Wait! I'm Coming!

Each time we remove the Sefer Torah from the Ark/Aron in preparation to read from it, we recite the verse: ויהי בנסע הארון ויאמר ד' ק...

   
 

Mealtime

In Meseches Shabbos, daf kuf yud zayin, amud bais it says that a person may save food for three meals on Shabbos from an active fire. One is...

   
 

Parshas Behaalotecha -Too Much or Too Little ?

The mighty fall fast and fall hard! Parshat Behaalotecha begins by showcasing a a confident nation, primed to enter to land of destiny and to usher in historica...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Behaalotecha -Which Voice is Your True Voice

 Rabbi Safran’s recently published volume: ”Something Old, Something New – Pearls from the Torah” available on Amazon: Something Old, Something New...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Ohr Hachaim on the Parsha - Naso (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Ohr Hachaim on the Parsha - Naso Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Why Did Hashem Create Me?

Hashem wrote the Torah in order to be our “instruction manual” to life, and wrote it in such a precise manner and with such infinite wisdom that within each...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Grab for the Crown

In an odd structuring of the weekly reading, tradition has it that we record at the end of last week’s reading of Bamidar, the responsibilities that were plac...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Naso - Emunah & Individuality (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - June 13, 2019 - At the end of Parshas Naso, the korban of each Nasi is described in great detail, although they each br...

   
 

Parshat Naso - Conformity & Specialization in Religion

At 176 pesukim, Parshat Naso “tops the charts” as the longest parsha in the entire Torah. Its heft is a product of the protracted final section of Naso whic...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Love & 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 ...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Birchas Kohanim in Birchas Hatorah

Why do we say Birchas Kohanim in Birchas Hatorah? There is a distinct difference between the chochma of the Torah and other chochm...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar/ Shavuos - Countdown

Although I am only covering Shavous in the shtikle, please explore the many intriguing blog posts on Bemidbar below: The holiday of Shavuos has a uni...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Count on Me!

Parshas Bamidbar commences with the tziva from Hashem to once again take a census of Bnei Yisroel.  (Bamidbar 1:2) Hashem is very explicit that the census ...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - A View from the Mountaintop

Several midrashim depict how when G-d sought an appropriate mountain upon which to give the Torah, two mountains, Mounts Tavor and Carmel, vied for that opportu...

   
 

A Fascinating Shtikel: Why We Read Rus On Shavuous

There is a prevalent although not universal minhag to read Rus on Shavuous. Many have suggestions reasons behind the minhag connecting the story ...

   
 

Shavuos: The Need For A Chosen Nation

When Hashem gave us the Torah, He thereby set us aside as His chosen nation. Before this point in time there was no concept of a Jew. Adam and Chava were not Je...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - June 6, 2019 - We are instructed to remember the event of Maamad Har Sinai, when we received the Torah. It used to be that people relived ...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Every Grain of Sand...

…anyone who kills one soul of Israel is considered as if he has killed an entire world; And anyone who sustains one soul of Israel is considered as if he has ...

   
 

Watch: Rav Elimelch Biderman Offers an Amazing Mashal on the Hachana For Shavuos (Video)

WhatsApp Video 2019-06-04 at 5.39.41 PM from BaltimoreJewishLife.com on Vimeo. ...

   
 

Shavuot 5779 -Torah of G-d or Torah of Man

The gemara in Kiddushin (32a) cites a debate about whether a teacher/Rav can waive the honor due him from a student- to be mochel al kevodo. Rav Yosef allowed t...

   
 

Same Count

The Torah tells us that the Yidden were counted in Parshas Ki Sisa, Posuk tes zayin. Rashi says the number of Yidden&nbs...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Enjoy This Peace

A very special Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to our dear daughter, Shaindy, who will be celebrating her Bas Mitzvah this Sunday. This past Tuesday was the 9th yahrt...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Rain & Sleep

[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 Bechukosai - Friendship

How valuable is it to have peace among friends and family? Priceless. In fact, the climax of all of the many material blessings mentioned in this week's pa...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai -It's Nothing

We are told of the terrible consequences that will befall our nation in the event we begin to loath and reject G-d’s will. We are assured that the ensuing tra...

   
 

Parshas Bechukosai - Purpose of Life - Torah Toil

1) Living the Torah We know the famous, “Im b’chukosai teileichu”, which there are many beautiful p’shatim regarding Rashi’s comment that it means th...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Bechukosei: Arachin - Value and Worth in the Balance

Rabbi Safran’s recently published volume on all parshiyot ha’Torah available on Amazon: Something Old, Something New: Pearls from the Torah: Rabbi Eliyahu S...

   
 

Neviim and Mitzvos

The Torah tells us in Vayikra, Perek Chof Zayin, posuk lamed daled that these are the mitzvos that Moshe commanded ...

   
 

Parshas Behar - Tea in China

A Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece and nephew, Fraidy and Shmuel Clinton of Lakewood on the birth of a baby boy Wednesday night. Mazal T...

   
 

Parshas Behar - Sefiras Ha’Omer: Counting vs Building

One can look in the Torah and find the exact dates on which Rosh Hashana (Vayikra 23:24), Yom Kippur (23:27), Succos (23:34), Shmini Atzeres (23:36) and Pesach ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Behar 5779 - Quality Over Quantity - 3rd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 24, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer -  Behar 5779 - Quality Over Quantity - 3rd Aliyah Click here to listen...