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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...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Gold, Silver and Kiyur Lesson

1) Gold and Silver Purpose “Kol hazahav asuy l’melacha.” (38:24). Gra brings down that there’s a Midrash that says that zahav, gold really should have ...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - How Pleasant It is!

Every Motzei Shabbos we begin our week with a prayer that was uttered by Moshe Rabbeinu himself. ויהי נועם ד' אלקינו עלינו ומעשה ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Pikudei 5779 - Crowned in Glory - 3rd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 7, 2019 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Pikudei 5779 - Crowned in Glory - 3rd Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Pekudei - Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

When is “good enough” good enough? There are a series of commercials that have been getting a great deal of play recently.  Presenting several scenari...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Pikudei - The Shamir and The Mishkan- Second Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 6, 2019 - When the Beis Hamikdash was built, Shlomo Hamelech used the shamir worm in order to cut through the stone, just like the shamir w...

   
 

Changing Your Mind

In the end of Sefer Shemos the Torah tells us that the Yidden who were “nediv lev” donated to the mis...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: A Thought on Vayakhel - Unlocking Our Talents (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 1, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: A Thought on Vayakhel - Unlocking Our Talents Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Vayakhel - HaShem's Talent

Parshas Vayakhel begins with Shabbos and continues to discuss the construction of the Mishkan. This connection between the Mishkan and Shabbos has a number of a...

   
 

Parshas Vayakhail - Cupcakes Of Inspiration

When Moshe asked the holy Nesi’im, leaders of the tribes, to donate to the Mishkan, they told Moshe that he should first collect from the rest of the Jewish n...

   
 

Parshas Vayakhail - Hineni!

In stark contrast to the recent and controversial Women’s March in Washington D.C., over three thousand years ago the first historic large gathering of women ...

   
 

Parshas Vaykhail - The Power Of Beauty; Women, Tzniut, Holiness And The Moon

The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: “You shall make a kiyor [washstand] of copper… and you shall put water therein. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands a...

   
 

Women Keeping Shabbos

In Shemos, Perek Lamed Heh, psukim alef and bais, the Torah tells us that Moshe gathered all of the Yidden to tell them ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayakhel-Pikudei - The Eigel & the Crown of Shabbos- First Aliyah(Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 24, 2019 - After the sin of the golden calf, the Jewish nation lost the crowns which they had received by Har Sinai. Throughout the&nb...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sisa - A"SELF'ie

Moshe Rabbeinu, in his defence of B'nei Yisrael, pleads with HaShem (32:13) to "remember Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov to whom You vowed by Your Self..." Ra...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sisa - Happiness is Key

[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 Ki Sisa - Why Hashem Forgives

The sin of the Golden Calf was one of the worst sins in our nation’s history. After being rescued from Egypt with open miracles, sustained in the desert with ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sisa - Chill!

Aharon finds himself between a rock and a hard place. The people are anxious, wondering whether Moshe will ever return. They begin to seek a possible replacemen...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sisa - Today is Tommorow's Yesterday

We are reminded in many places that the Torah does not necessarily record events in precise chronological order.  Sometimes there are specific lessons to b...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Tzvi Goode on Parshas Ki Sisa - The Aigel HaZahav (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 20, 2019 - Rabbi Tzvi Goode on Parshas Ki Sisa - The Aigel HaZahav Click below to listen ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Tisa - This They Shall Give; Raising Others, And Ourselves

The Noam Elimelech explains that money is like fire; it can be used to create, protect and nourish, or it can be used to harm and destroy. How to balance wealt...

   
 

The Power of Prayer on "Purim Katan" ('Little Purim')

An innovative reason for the mitzvah of drinking much wine on Purim.The Chidushei Harim (Rabbi Yitzchak-Meir Alter, the first Rebbe of Gur...

   
 

Sleeping on Shabbos

In Shemos, Perek Lamed Alef, posuk tes zayin, the Torah tells us that we should keep the Shabbos. There is a posuk in&nb...

   
 

Sewing on Shabbos

Question #1: Stuffing a Pillow “My pillow is torn, and some of the filling has fallen out. May I restuff it on Shabbos?” Question #2: Stitches “Does st...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - It Makes Scents!

A famous anomaly related to this week’s portion is the omission of Moshe’s name from the entire reading. We are taught that this is due to Moshe after hear...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - How To Avoid Sin

Engraved in stone on the Kohen Gadol's shoulders (avnei shoham) were the names of the 12 Tribes. Rashi explains that one of the reasons for this was to “...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Ar We What We Wear?

When a celebrity made her entrance at an awards show a few years ago wearing a dress made of raw beef it was disturbing, shocking and confusing.  Some look...

   
 

Relying on Urim VeTumim?

In Shemos, Perek Chof Ches, posuk tes vov, the Torah tells us that the Choshen was made via artisan sewing. In posuk lam...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Moshe’s Absence, Urim V’Tumic Operation Manual & 3 Keys

1) Moshe’s Missing Name There’s a very famous vort from the Gra about why Moshe is missing from the entire Parshas Tetzaveh. Moshe’s name is found in eve...

   
 

Is this the Right Purim?

Question #1: Four Purims! Could someone observe Purim four times in one year? Question #2: Which Bar Mitzvah Day? “My son, whose thirteenth birthday was on...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - The Effort Counts, Too

[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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Terumah - The Mishkan & the Mizbe'ach- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 7, 2019 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Terumah, Hashem instructs the Jewish people about building the mishk...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Build the Wall!

Among the vessels enumerated in our portion is the Mizbeach, the Altar. נבוב לחת תעשה אותו (שמות כז ח), Hollow, of boards, shall you make...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - It Is Better To 'Take' Than to Receive

Parshas Terumah begins with Hashem commanding Moshe Rabbeinu to collect “Terumah” from Bnei Yisroel in order to build the Mishkan and all of its adornments....

   
 

Watch: The Yom Hashishi Series Parshas Terumah Featuring Rabbi Moshe Hauer (Video)

Parashas Terumah: Rabbi Moshe Hauer from Agudath Israel on Vimeo. ...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - The Message Of The Keruvim

In the holiest room on earth, the Holy of Holies, on top of one of the holiest objects in existence, the holy Ark, stood two figures - the “Keruvim”. The Ke...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Teacher, Open Doors – Your Students Will Walk Through

Ein yeiush ba’olam klal With the right approach, there is hope for every single Jew             ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rosh Chodesh Adar- PTG: Using Challenges for Growth (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 5, 2019 - Pesach is the Yom Tov of distinction between the Jews and their oppressors, while Purim is characterized by a blurring ...

   
 

Who Carried the Aron?

In Shemos, Perek Chof Heh, posuk yud daled, the Torah tells us that one must not take out the “badim” (poles) of the Aron...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - The Place of Family

Parshas Mishpatim teaches us a great deal of the Mitzvos needed for a functioning society.  Included among them are many of the dinei mamanos (laws of mone...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - An Illuminating Light

[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 Mishpatim - Sticks and Stones

וּמַכֵּ֥ה אָבִ֛יו וְאִמּ֖וֹ מ֥וֹת יוּמָֽת "And one who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Shout It Out

If you take your fellow’s garment as security, until sunset shall you return it to him. For it alone is his clothing, it is his garment for his skin - in what...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - The Device Is The Message; Technology And The Dignity Of Creation

We’re all guilty of it. The alarm goes off, and we instinctively reach for the phone. Before our feet hit the floor, we’ve checked the weather, read the new...

   
 

What Is A True Chassid?

In Shemos, Perek chof alef, posuk chof alef, the Torah tells us the law of retaliation; the principle that a person who injured another pers...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim Medical Interventions and Hashem’s Artwork

1) Doctor’s Permission to Heal “Verapoh yerapeh (Shemos 21:19).” If someone causes damage to his friend, he is obligated to pay for the medical bills. &n...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - What's in a Name?

At the beginning of this week's parsha we are once again given the reason behind the naming of Gershom (18:3-4): "Ki ger hayisi b'eretz nochria", beca...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - A Thought on Yisro - One G-d One People (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 25, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - A Thought on Yisro - One G-d One People To listen, click here...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - We're Different

This week’s parsha is Parshas Yisro—obviously one of the central parshiyos of the Torah—the parsha of kabbolas haTorah. The Torah says that three months ...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Seeing the Error in Our Ways

Chazal tell us that the naming of Parshas Yisro, the Sedra which contains the Aseres Hadibros, is a great  honor.  The Torah goes out of its way to te...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Mission Possible

Greetings from Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh! This past week I have experienced Aliyah L’Regel and Mattan Torah all wrapped in one. Over five hundred individuals...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - The Princess And The Pauper

When Hashem offered the Jewish nation the Torah, they ecstatically declared “Na'aseh Venishmah” (“we will do and we will listen”), and were prepare...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Thrice Torah Themes, The Missing Tov, To Talk or Not To

1) Established as a Special Nation “VaAtah shamoah tishmau b’koli” (Shemos 19:5), if you listen to My voice, says Hashem, “usamartem es brisi”, and y...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Who Can Legislate Morality?

If there is no God, everything is permitted. - Fyodor Dostoevsky No one understands better than the Jew that God is the foundation not only for behavior – h...

   
 

Women During Candle Lighting

In Shemos, Perek chof passuk ches the Torah tells us that we must remember the Shabbos. The Yerushalmi in perek tes vov halacha gimel which ...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - Every Word In Every Pasuk

BJL aplogizes for not posting this Dvar Torah on Erev Shabbos As young students in day school, we are often exposed to a basic appreciation for some of the imp...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - HE's Everywhere

A Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece and nephew, Kayla (née Levy) and Yosef Marx of Eretz Yisrael on the birth of their daughter, Tzirel ...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach -Current Events

At the conclusion of last week's Parshah, the Egyptians finally allowed the Jews to leave Egypt. After 10 miraculous plagues, the promise that Hashem made ...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach -Then and Now (Dedicated in honor of Shonnie and Ben Barer )

Dedicated in honor of Shonnie and Ben Barer who have so admirably taught us all how to deal with tragedy with remarkable faith, grace and dignity. May they and ...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach -That's MY Team!

[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...