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If a person has the opportunity to do the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana and the mitzvah of sefiras ha’omer, which&nbs...

   
 

Torah from Israel: Parshat Behar: Details, Details, Details!

Parshat Behar effectively concludes the legal section of Vayikra- the sefer with the highest degree of halachik density. The entire book of Vayikra contains onl...

   
 

Parshas Emor - An Eye For An Eye

At the end of Parshas Emor, the Torah conveys the tragic story of the “Ben Ish Mitzri”, the son of a Jewish woman, Shulamis Bas Divri from Shevet Dan and an...

   
 

Parshas Emor & Lag Ba'omer 5779

[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 Emor - It's Not Fair!

Life is filled with disappointment. Inevitably we each face loss of loved ones during our sojourn on this earth. We often must deal with the difficulties of in...

   
 

Parshat Emor: Torah from Israel / Walking out the Door of Religion

Parshat Emor portrays the scathing blasphemy of an unnamed Jew whose pedigree was questioned. This desecration of G-d’s name threatens communal sanctity and t...

   
 

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

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 Emor -: The Eternal Challenge of the Everyday

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

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Emor - Received & Earned - First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 14, 2019 - In this shiur we speak about the difference between the hebrew words amirah and dibur. Maamaros&nbs...

   
 

Shortened Eating Time

The Torah tells us in Vayika, Perek Chof Gimmel, posuk chof zayin that the tenth day of Tishrei is Yom Kippur and one has to practice the five ...

   
 

Parshas Kedoshim - A 'Friend'ly Rebuke

This week's parsha may be short but it also contains the highest mitzvah density (or mitzvos-per-pasuk, 0.8 if you're counting) of any parsha. Perhaps...

   
 

Parshas Kedoshim - Healthy Self-Esteem

[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’: Kedoshim

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 Kedoshim - I'm Ready When You Are!

קדושים תהיו כי קדוש אני ד' אלקיכם - ויקרא יט ב, You shall be holy, for holy am I, Hashem, your Lord G-d seems to be...

   
 

Parshas Kedoshim - How Do We Get to Love

But which is the stone that supports the bridge?   - Kublai Khan A famous Talmudic episode tells of a prospective convert coming to both Shammai and Hill...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer Kedoshim - The Great Principle of the Torah- 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - May 7, 2019 - In the 2nd aliyah of Parshas Kedoshim, we learn the mitzva of V'ahavta L'reiacha Kamocha, lovin...

   
 

Torah from Israel: Redemption Under Construction

BJL welcomes Rabbi Moshe Taragin and his weekly parsha themed Torah essays Repeatedly, Dovid Hamelech employs the metaphor of a tower or a fortress to portray...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos - Perspective

At the end of this weeks Parsha, we find one of the first explicit references to the fact that Eretz Yisroel is fundamentally different than any other place on ...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos - Holy Schmattes!

As if echoing the first sentence in this week’s reading, where the tragic death of the two holy sons’ of Aharon is recalled, two blazing souls departed o...

   
 

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

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...

   
 

Stealing a Mitzvah

We learn about the mitzvah of “Kissui Hadam” (covering of the blood) in Vayikra, Perek Yud Zayin, posuk yud gimmel. When a per...

   
 

Pesach 5779 - Basking in the Afterglow

As we bask in the afterglow of our Sedarim, where we retold the story of Yitzias Mitzrayim and we prepare for the last days of Pesach, when we mark Kriyas Yam S...

   
 

Pesach 5779 -The Seder "What's It All About?"

Nirtzah: Not Just the closing Ceremonies There are two major concepts which form the driving force of the Hagaddah and the Seder in general.  First, is th...

   
 

Karpas

Everyone is familiar with the practice of eating a small piece of vegetable at the beginning of Seder Pesach.  Some eat celery.  Some eat parsley.&nbs...

   
 

Star-K : Concise Review Of The Halacha L'maaseh Of Shiluach HaKan

The past few days, Daf Yomi has been learning the last perek in Chulin, Shiluach Hakan.  STAR-K would like to draw the attention of Daf Yomi learners to an...

   
 

Pesach 5779 (5 Brief Divrei Torah)

[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...

   
 

Pesach 5779 - Shkoyach!

Once again, we will reenact the Seder as our ancestors have for generations. Some families repeat long standing interpretations on the Haggadah that were expre...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Tzvi Goode - Pesach 5779: The Birth of a Nation (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 16, 2019 - Rabbi Tzvi Goode - Pesach 5779: The Birth of a Nation Click below to listen ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos/Yom Tov Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Pesach 5779

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

   
 

Vehigadita Levincha

The most important part of the Seder is the mitzvah of Vehigadita Levincha. What would be in a case where the father has the&...

   
 

The Seder: How Fast Must I Eat?

For those wanting to read up on the many topics germane to Pesach, the website RabbiKaganoff.com contains a variety of articles, which can be found by using the...

   
 

Parshas Metzora / Shabbos HaGadol - A Celebration of Shabbos

There is a long-standing tradition that the Shabbos before Pesach is referred to as Shabbos Hagodol – The Great Shabbos.  Virtually every commentary rela...

   
 

Listen To Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Haggadah Shel Pesach - The 4 Sons (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 11, 2019 - Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Haggadah Shel Pesach - The 4 Sons ...

   
 

Parshas Metzora / Shabbos HaGadol - Journey Towards Eternity

Pesach more than any other Yom Tov merges our communal, familial and personal histories into the greater context of a mission that began with our Patriarchs and...

   
 

Watch Harav Yitzchok Zilberstein Answer Fascinating Kashrus Shailos (Video)

The  נודע ביהודה, The Lion on the Streets of Berlin And many more... Rabbi Zilberstein will discuss some of the most fascinating kashrus שאל...

   
 

Parshat Metzora - The Treasure Within Affliction And Grace

Rabbi Safran’s recently published volume on all parshiyot ha’Torah available on Amazon Can there be grace in affliction?  It seems odd to even p...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer 5-Part Haggadah Series (5 Audios)

Haggadah Series - Part I - Teaching the Foundations of Faith We have constant reminders in our daily tefillos and throughout the To...

   
 

Teshuva on Lashon Hora

 In Vayikra, Perek Yud daled, posuk alef the Torah tells us the proceedings that happen when one becomes healed from his tzoraas. ...

   
 

Parshas Tazriya – Nichum Aveilim

In the laws dealing with the time of impurity after giving birth, the Torah instructs us that there is an initial seven day period of Tuma.  The Baal Hatur...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 5, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer Ohr Hachaim on the Parsha - Tazria Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Tazria - From Womb the Bell Tolls

Who knows seven? I know seven! Seven are the days of the week. Who knows eight? I know eight! Eight are the days of Milah/Circumcision. In exactly two weeks f...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Tazria/Rosh Chodesh/HaChodesh

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

   
 

Parshat Tazria - In the Eye of the Beholder

Rabbi Safran’s recently published volume on all parshiyot ha’Torah available on AmazonWhat makes a photograph museum worthy?  What is it about the pho...

   
 

Selling Assur Be’Hanaah

In Vayikra, Perek Yud gimmel, posuk nun bais the Torah tells us that one needs to burn clothing that was afflicted with tzoraas.  ...

   
 

Parshas Shemini/Parah - Havdalah

This past Sunday, the 17th of Adar II, marked the yahrtzeit of R' Moshe Fuller, z"l, of Ner Yisroel. This week's shtikle is dedicated&n...

   
 

Parshas Shemini/Parah - Torah Lessons of Machalos Asuros

 1) Four Non-Kosher Animals Lesson We know the famous simanim of beheimah tehorah versus beheimah temei’ah.  An animal that we’re allowed to eat ...

   
 

Parshas Shemini/Parah - A Light Unto the Nations

After Moshe is instructed to appoint Aharon as Kohen Gadol, one of his first acts is to review the first Korbanos to be brought in the Mishkan.  He tells A...

   
 

Parshas Shemini/Parah - True Kindness

This week’s parsha details which animals and fowl may or may not be eaten according to Torah Law. The Ramban explains that the reason why certain birds and an...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of 'TableTalk': Parshas Shmini/Parah

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

   
 

Parshas Shemini/Parah - Keeping the Faith

In the face of the sudden and tragic death of his children, Aharon remains silent. When Moshe wrathfully confronts Elazar and Isamar, taking them to task for n...

   
 

Is it a Red Heifer?

Although this week is not Parshas Parah, since I have a very exciting and germane article for next week that fits Parshas Shemini, I am sending out this article...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - The Power of Humility

“Rav, we beseech you,” the townspeople of Simonia called out, approached Rav Yehuda HaNasi.  “Rav, send us someone to lead us, to teach us Torah, and...

   
 

Chanukas Bayis Shlishi

In Vayikra, Perek Yud, posuk tes the Torah tells the Kohanim that they are not allowed to drink wine or alcoholic beverages upon e...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer Shemini - Raising Hands in Prayer- Second Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 24, 2019 - In the 2nd aliyah of Parshas Shemini, Moshe and Aharon bless Bnei Yisroel that the presence of Hashem s...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Todah Rabbah!

In this week's parsha, the korban todah is discussed. The todah is brought as a thanks to HaShem for one of four reasons discussed by C...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Thanks for the Pain & Post-Purim

[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 Tzav - We Must Lead The Way

Much of the early parts of Sefer Vayikra emphasize the ability of every person to bring a Korbon according to his means.  The meal offering brought by the ...

   
 

Watch: Shiur from Rav Eytan Feiner – Taking Purim 5779 With Us (Video)

Rabbi Eytan Feiner currently serves as the full-time Rav of Congregation Kneseth Israel, more popularly known as The White Shul, in Far Rockaway, New York. He a...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Thoughts, Words and Gra Stories

1) Olah Atones for Hirhurei Aveirah We’re going to focus on some ideas of the Vilna Gaon regarding the concept of korbanos. We mentioned last week that the...

   
 

Purim 5779: It's a Privilege!

The mitzvah that preoccupies us more than any other during the course of the days preceding, as well as on the day of Purim, is that of Mishloach Manos, the obl...

   
 

Purim 5779: Bayamim Ha’heim, Bazeman Hazeh

On a previous occasion, we have discussed that the story of Purim mirrors the story of yetzias Mitzrayim in many significant ways. However, it re...

   
 

Purim 5779: Introspection & Drinking

[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...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Purim and Yom Kippur: A Concept and a Suggestion

The conflict of the Jewish people and Amalek – central to the story of Purim – is a continuation of the ongoing struggle between their forebears, Yaakov and...

   
 

The Incredibly Relatable Message Of Purim

A couple of fundamental questions regarding Purim: 1) The era of Purim was one of our lowest spiritual points in history (see Sanhedrin 105a). We had sinned so...

   
 

The Hidden Meaning in Mordechai’s Hebrew Name

The Megilla, which was written by both Mordechai and Esther, does not tell us Mordechai’s real name, his Hebrew name.  Neither the name Mordechai (arguab...

   
 

Purim: The Truth Behind the Mask

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid Rav Nachman of Breslav That the Ba’alei HaKabalah find mystical connections and mea...

   
 

Corrected - Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of 'TableTalk': Tzav/Purim

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 19, 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for...

   
 

Megillah Mysteries: The Eitz Chaim Enigma

Can you feel Purim just around the corner? Who isn’t eagerly anticipating this annual Yom Tov extravaganza, featuring joyous dancing, Mishloach Manos, co...

   
 

Purim: Don’t Forget!

The Mishna Berurah in the beginning of Hilchos Megillah tells us of the four parshiyos we read during the weeks leading up to Purim and Pesach. The week before ...

   
 

Megillas Mordechai

Why is Megillas Esther named after Esther and not named after Mordechai? It would seem like it should have been called Megillas Mo...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Finding Your Self in The Miracle of Purim (Audio)

חזיל ask, “Where is אסתר hinted to in the תורה? The answer is to be found in פרשת וילך in the posuk, הסתר אסתיר פני, on that d...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer Taanis Esther, Prayer and Purim (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 17, 2019 - Taanis Esther is a day of tefillah. The power of the Jewish People comes from the bracha (blessing) of Yitzchok, Hakol Kol Yaako...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra/Zachor - Yichus!

In the special haftarah that is read for Shabbas Zachor, Sha'ul wages war against Amaleik and, in contradiction of his specific instructions from Shemuel H...

   
 

Parshas Zachor/Purim - Ohr Lagoyim

The Shabbos before Purim we leyn the infamous story of Amalek and their brazen attack on Klal Yisroel, immediately after Kriyas Yam Suf.  In so doing, we f...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - It's All from HIM!

I’d like to finish off a topic mentioned last week which is very significant in people’s lives. Moshe Rabbeinu is an individual who was on an unbelievably ...

   
 

Purim: Clear and Forward Providence

1) Straight Reading We know the famous gemara in Megillah, “Hakoreih hamegillah l’mafrei’ah lo yatzah”.  If you read Megillas Esther backwards...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of 'TableTalk': Vayikra

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

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - A Lesson from Pi

[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 Vayikra - The King and I

The saintly Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai reveals that the reason the Torah directs that a חטאת, a Sin-offering be slaughtered in the same exact spot as a עול...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Nothing But the Truth

For many people, the commencement of Sefer Vayikra marks a distinct departure in the Torah from the telling of the history of the world and our becoming an Am, ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - OOPS is No Excuse

 “As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance. They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of lif...

   
 

Keep the Whole Torah

In the beginning of Sefer Vayikra the Torah tells us that a person must return anything he stole. In connection to this I would li...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Vayikra - The Korban of Closeness- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 11, 2019 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Vayikra, Hashem calls Moshe to come to speak with Him. It is not possibl...