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Parhsas Eikev - Love Thy Neighbour

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Parhsas Eikev - A Woodchuck Chuck's

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Is there anyone who has not heard this question before? But what is the actual answer? Ac...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Shabbat: A break from living twice as fast

What is your opinion of the speedier version of WhatsApp? It's now possible to hear recorded messages twice as fast as before. This saves lots of time and ...

   
 

Parhsas Eikev - Endless Love

Parshas Eikev falls between the two places in the Torah where we are warned of the calamities which would befall Klal Yisroel if they turned away from Hashem.&n...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Being

Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your G-d, by not keeping His commandments... which I command you this day, lest you eat and be sated, and build good hou...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Heeding the Heel (Eikev)

And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep and perform them, that the Lord, your God, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness ...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - What’s So Special About Bentching?

This week’s parshah discusses the mitzvah of bentching birchas hamazone after eating bread (8:10). Interestingly, we learn out the mitzvah of making all brach...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: The Yellow "O" in Google (Ekev) (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 29, 2021 -  How much wood does a woodchuck actually chuck? Find out the actual answer by tuning in to this week's Torah Sparks po...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Eikev / A Torah Guide To Summer Vacation

We read the farewell speech of Moshe Rabbeinu at the height of summer's heat. When millions of children are at home, the Torah portion of Eikev offers a fe...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Aikev Money, The Root of all….

Tzedaka, charity, is one of the foundations of the Jewish people. Our ancestor Avraham was the paragon of doing for others and imbued his descendants with socia...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Eikev 5781/2021

Baltimore, MD – July 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - The Challenge of Wealth

The commonly held view is that wealth is an impediment to a meaningful spiritual life; that wealth is accompanied by necessary hubris that makes humility and go...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Eikev / Summer vacation: Despite everything, a time for love

Love. This is one of the words that appears the most in this week's Torah portion. We speak of love 8 times, as in the following passages: "To walk in His ...

   
 

Brachos

In Devarim 10:12 the posuk tells us, “Now, what (ma) does Hashem want from you? Just to have yiras shomayim.” The&nb...

   
 

Watch: Creative Textual Studies By Rabbi Yonah Sklare - Eikev: A Healthy Relationship With Materialism (Video)

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Watch: Rabbi Shlomo Horwitz Chizuk from Bnei Brak! My rebbie Rav Zuriel, Shlita (Video)

 I interviewed my rebbie in Bnei Brak for TorahAnytimeThe man changed my life decades agoHe's written sixty seforimRav Moshe Zuriel, shlita ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir, The Daily Portion / A Story I heard from Roni Daniel, z"l

On a Zoom session that was held by the Israeli News Network prior to Rosh HaShanah, Roni Daniel told a story. I did not really hear what he was saying while he ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Parshas Eikev and Tu B'Av: Reconstruction (Audio)

Tu B'Av is the beginning of the reconstruction process, rebuilding what we lost with the sin of the meraglim of Tisha B'Av. It is a day of healing, st...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Eikev / "Be Extremely Protective Of Your Lives" (Devarim 4:15)

Here are some shocking numbers: 7 people have drowned in the last 24 hours on beaches or in swimming pools in Israel; from the start of the bathing season, 22 I...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Land of Milk and Ice Cream: Thoughts Upon the Ben and Jerry's Boycott

The recent decision to discontinue selling Ben and Jerry's ice cream in selected areas of Israel has roused the Jewish world, supporters of Israel, and opp...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan - What's all the Celebration About?

Tomorrow, the 15th of Av, is the 12th yahrtzeit of my Opa, Mr. George Jakobovits. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Tovia ...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan - The Tom Brady Interview

Several years ago, a reporter sat down with Tom Brady – legendary NFL quarterback - and asked him the following: “So Tom, you probably are extremely happy, ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Va'etchanan / In Need Of Consolation

This coming Shabbat - which coincides with the 15th of Av - is called Shabbat Nachamu (Shabbat of Consolation).  Every year, we read about consolation on t...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vaeschanan -True Consolation

Each and every Shabbos is a special, meaningful, and holy experience. Yet, some Shabbasos seem to distinguish themselves from the rest. Shabbos Bereishis&n...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan - Singing in the Rain

It is Shabbos Nachamu, when we hear the soothing sentiment of G-d that His people be comforted from all their troubles.  The word נחמה, means consolat...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan - Different Time, Different Place, Different People

Much has been written about the relatively minor differences between the Aseres Hadibros given by Hashem in Parshas Yisro and those repeated in this week’s Pa...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vaeschanan 5781/2021

Baltimore, MD – July 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Va'etchanan / To Do What You Know Is Right

How much are we really influenced by frightening warnings on cigarette packages to stop smoking? How much do films on highway safety actually influence us to st...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: The World's Greatest Prank (Vaeschanan)

Baltimore, MD - July 22, 2021 -  Tune in to find out how the Payless shoe company pranked the world when they set up shop in a fancy California boutique. W...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What is the dream of Ishay Ribo?

Hundreds of girls heard Ishay Ribo speak this week in the Nifgashot workshop. Here are a few of the beautiful thoughts he articulated on this occasion:* "For th...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan - Jealousy's A Hungry Heart

Wanting is not inherently wrong; wanting to love, wanting to be loved, wanting comfort, a nice house, fine clothes.  It’s only when wanting is driven by ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The DailyPortion, Va'etchanan / Seeing more clearly in retrospect

Amidst politics, the coronavirus, and summer vacation, my brother-in-law Yisrael Meir enlightened me with this thought: We are accustomed to examining events as...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Vaeschanan - Tefillah & Courage - First Aliyah (Audio)

When Moshe Rabbeinu davens to come into Eretz Yisroel, he is pleading with Hashem for a matnas chinam, a free gift. He has no claims and does not come with...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What Did Omri Casspi Tell Me?

"I hope it was an easy fast for all who fasted." This was the first sentence spoken by Omri Casspi, among the greatest Israeli basketball players, at his press ...

   
 

Ori Strum: A Tisha Be'av Message

One of the permitted areas of Torah study on Tisha Be’av is the Gemara in Gittin (55-56) which discusses the famous story of Kamtza Bar Kamtza. During the tim...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Never Break

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Parshas Devarim: NO!

In this week's parshah, Moshe Rabbeinu recounts our nation’s encounter with Sichone, as we came to enter Eretz Yisroel after sojourning for 40 years in t...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Championship Merch

So, there you are, watching the NFL Super Bowl, the MLB World Series, the NHL Stanley Cup, or the NBA Finals, and as soon as the clock turns to 0:00, the game i...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Devarim / 5 Thoughts Prior To Shabbat Hazon And Tisha B'Av

1. This Shabbat is the last Shabbat before Tisha B'Av and is called Shabbat Hazon (Sabbath of Vision). We read the Torah portion of Devarim and the haftara...

   
 

TorahAnytime Global Tisha B’Av LIVE STREAM Programs

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Tisha B'Av 5781 - Frustrated Joy - Dedicated In Honor Of All The Inspired Members Of Daf Yomi At Ohel Moshe

Tisha b'Av is once again upon us. Although we each heartily and with utter faith express daily, 'I await each day that he will come…', neverthe...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Shabbos Chazon - The Greatest Mitzvah

The Torah is filled with many beautiful and meaningful mitzvos (commandments). These mitzvos teach us to how to create and sustain a relatio...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Moshe Rabbeinu, Parenting 101

Sefer Devarim encapsulates many of the events which transpired earlier in Sefer’s Shemos, Vayikra and Bamidbar.  Parshas Devarim in particular chronicles...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Bench

Shani Avigal, mother of six-year-old Ido Avigal from Sderot who was killed in the recent "Guardian of the Walls" conflict, is still healing from her painful los...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Devarim - Championship Merch and Associating with Greatness (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 14, 2021 - Have you ever wondered where all the merchandise from the losing championship team goes? Tune in to Torah Sparks to find out the...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Walk a Mile...

Do not judge your fellow until you have reached his place      -  Hillel, Pirkei Avot Once, while Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch was rece...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Devarim 5781/2021

Baltimore, MD – July 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Women at a Siyum

The Rema in 451:10 says that if a person makes a siyum during the nine days he may eat meat. There are a number of reasons for someone to make a siyum during th...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Deuteronomy / It's Possible

A mother wrote me that her son received a bad report card. Now, during summer vacation, she was already feeling pressure about the coming school year. But then ...

   
 

My Vows I Shall Fulfill (Parts I & II)

Question #1: Quiz question Can performing a mitzvah become a liability? Question #2: Is this a “klutz question?” What does it mean that I am doing someth...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Matot-Massei / Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another!

Why are there commentators who claim that the book of Numbers is the most important among the five books of Moses? In the book of Genesis, the world is created;...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Masei - Novach No More

As many of you may know, I was unable to send out a shtikle last week as I was sitting shivah following the passing of my dear father, a"h. In lieu of writing u...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Masei - The Harvard of All Countries

Bob and Tom were best of friends. They did everything together. Whether it was elementary school, middle school, or high school, Bob and Tom always made sure th...

   
 

Parshas Mattos/Massei - The Journey

Parshas Massei begins by stating every single journey that the yidden took since they left Mitzrayim. We all know that the Torah is not a “history book”. As...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Massei - The Harvard of All Countries (Matos/Masei)

Baltimore, MD - July 8, 2021 - Do you know how many times Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said the words "I have a dream" in his famous speech in August of 1963? In ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Rosh Chodesh Av

Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new Hebrew month, brings with it promise, potential and joy. There is nothing more beautiful than a new beginning, an opportuni...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Massei -“Yeah... And Then What?”

The forty-two excursions the Children of Israel traveled during their sojourn in the desert, from the time they left Egypt until they set off on the final journ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Matos/Massei 5781/2021

Baltimore, MD – July 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Matot-Massei / With prayer and hope that our journey will have a happy ending

Earlier this week I wrote here about the couple from France that met in an ulpan for new immigrants and got married. They connected what happened to them with t...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Mattot-Masai: The Legend of Billy the Neder

Parshat Mattot-Masai: The Legend of Billy the Neder A person, who had recently become more interested in his Judaism, approached me with an interesting questio...

   
 

Can Modern Jews “Grieve”

In a well-documented tale, Napolean once observed French Jews sitting on the floor of a synagogue, mourning their lost Temple. He was amazed at this historical ...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Massei - Lives Taken Unintentionally; We All Atone

“I never saw the stop sign…” “The baby was crying…” “I only had a couple of glasses of wine…” We are often distracted – by phones, by mus...

   
 

Watch Live: Thursday, July 8 @ 8:15PM: Worldwide Live Broadcast of Siyum on Meseches Yuma

The Daf Yomi Commission of Agudas Yisroel is pleased to present a worldwide broadcast of the siyum on meseches Yuma from Camp Agudah Midwest. Rabbi Shmuel Yehu...