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Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Sukkos 5782/2021

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Two Sukkot Messages

Hadar Goldin once painted a wonderful picture of a boy sitting under a tree. The boy looks out at nature and changes the living world he sees into music. This p...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / We Are Like A Sukkah

Here are a few words from Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks about the sukkah and about us:"The festival of Sukkot takes us back to the most elemental roots of our ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / A week of liberation

Tonight it happens. We enter the sukkah. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz once wrote about this moment as follows:"In a life that is too settled and fixed, there is a dang...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Thoughts On The Arba'at Haminim Market

Last night we visited the arba'at haminim market in Kfar Chabad. With what did I leave besides a set of arba'at haminim for our family?I saw intensive...

   
 

Watch Horav Michoel Sorotzkin, shlit"a: Sukkot in the Midbar? Did B'nai Yisroel sit in a Sukkah? Daled Minim? (Ivrit)

Sukkot in the Midbar? Did B'nai Yisroel sit in a Sukkah during the 40 years in the Midbar? Were they mekayem the mitzvah of Daled Minim? A unique shiur by ...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Our Mission

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...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - A Reckless 8 MPH

Did you know that the first person ever convicted of speeding was driving a whopping 8 mph?! According to the Guinness World Records, on January 28, 1896, an En...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Getting Caught in the Weeds

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

   
 

Parshas Ha'azinu - Rebuke Through Song

Moshe gave Klal Yisroel rebuke many times in Sefer Devarim. He does so again in Parshas Ha’azinu. However, this time, the rebuke that he gives is unique, as i...

   
 

Chol Hamo’eid – Weekday or Yom Tov?

Question #1: My shoes tore on Yom Tov. May I have them repaired on Chol Hamo’eid? Question #2: The supermarket has something on sale on Chol Hamo’eid that ...

   
 

Succot 5782: Divine Providence During a "Random" Epidemic

Jewish holidays celebrate framing moments of national destiny. Pesach recalls our liberation from Egypt while Shavuot re-dramatizes our selection at Sinai. By c...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Haazinu 5782/2021

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

   
 

Yom Kippur 5782 - The Power of Tefilla

In Parshas Toldos, we are told of Yitzchak and Rivka’s pleas to have a child.  The Pasuk says Vaye’etar Yitzchak (Toldos 25:21) Rashi explains this unu...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Why Weren't You... You?

The holiest day of the year begins in a few hours and what is its ultimate purpose? To stop comparing ourselves to others and to begin comparing ourselves to ou...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Knock Knock I'm Here (Yom Kippur/Haazinu) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 15, 2021  - What are we doing when we knock on our chests, the seat of our hearts, literally hundreds of times during Yom Kippur...

   
 

Yom Kippur During Corona – Chapter II

On the holiest day of the year-on Yom Kippur- we step back. Suppressing our routine, discarding food, and diminishing our sleep, we liberate our imagination to ...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5782 - A Hand to Sinners

One of the most moving tunes we sing in these Days of Awe, is set to the words we recite daily in Selichos. מכניסי רחמים הכניסו רחמינו ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Now!

Our hearts are open. From the amphitheatre in Caesarea to the Western Wall, selichot events, singing of niggunim (Chasidic melodies), and other preparations for...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / To Widen Our Embrace

Yesterday, participants in the Nifgashot workshop for pre-teen and teenage girls asked Racheli Frankel if it's more difficult for her to pray on Yom Kippur...

   
 

Simchas Bais Hashoeva and Simchas Torah

The Gemara in Sukka 51b discusses the goings on of the Simchas Bais Hashoeva. Originally, the location for the women was inside and the...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What do we do when we fail to change or improve ourselves?

This coming Shabbat, the Shabbat before Yom Kippur, has a special name - Shabbat Teshuvah. We are in the midst of an annual period of soul-searching, of a desir...

   
 

Parshas Vayelech/Shabbos Shuva - The Greatest City in America

Next to one of the bus stops in Baltimore City, there is a public bench that says, “The Greatest City in America.” Between you, me, and that bench, Baltimor...

   
 

Shabbos Shuva

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 Vayelech - To Be Heard

Before Moshe takes leave from this world, he conveys a prophesy of a time when G-d will conceal ‘His face’ from his people. And My fury will rage against...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Five-Year-Old Genius (Vayelech) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 9, 2021 -Curious how a little 5 year old girl was able to put the entire world back together? Wondering what this last sentence even m...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Start Dreaming (Vayelech)

If there is one prayer that resonates in the heart of every Jew it is Kol Nidrei. The very tune is haunting yet enchanting, saddening yet uplifting. Yet, when o...

   
 

Watch: Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Changes Ahead! (Video)

These are special days, the Ten Days of Repentance, and they are reflected in our prayer book. Changes in the text of the Shemoneh Esrei or Amidah prayer, bring...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Three Things That Deserve Attention On Rosh Hashanah

1. Each minute, 70 million WhatsApp messages are sent worldwide. Every sixty seconds, $1.5 million dollars in purchases are made on the Internet, 200 million em...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What Was Good About This Year?

Every now and then on Shabbat we do what's known as "Tzuri's go around." Tzuri Har-Tov, of blessed memory, was accustomed during Shabbat meals to go a...

   
 

A Sick Person on Yom Kippur

The Shulchan Aruch 612:10 says if a person was sick and ate on Yom Kippur and now is able to make a Bracha&nbs...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim - Rise to the Challenge

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

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim - It's Time

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 Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah - Writer's Block

When I sat down to begin writing this week’s Dvar Torah, I hit what is called a writer’s block. I simply could not think of what to write and how to express...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What's The Message On The Last Shabbat Of The Year?

The last Shabbat of the year is upon us. In the Torah portion we will read on Shabbat, not even one mitzvah is to be found. Instead, we find ultimate principles...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: One Step at a Time (Nitzavim)

“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 ...

   
 

Rosh Hashana 5782 - A Really ‘Big’ Party

We stand poised once again to celebrate the anniversary of Man’s creation and to contemplate how well we are living up to the task of restoring his former sta...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim - Take The First Steps Towards Hashem

With Rosh Hashanah and the Aseres Yimei Teshuva rapidly approaching, it comes as no surprise that this week’s parshah discusses teshuva. The Torah states “T...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Not "if," but "how"

My niece Roni celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and I was thinking about the blessing that would be appropriate for her. But that's not so easy these days since o...

   
 

Kabolas Panim of a Rebbe

We find in Melachim 2:4:23 that the woman whose son died told her husband, “I am running To Elisha Hanavi.” Her husband asked her “Why are ...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Nitzavim: Standing 2gether

Rosh HaShana is approaching. One can feel it in the air and see it in the streets. At this point Sefardim and Ashkenazim are saying selichot. Apples, honey and ...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim - Three Little Words

The ability to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features - Leon Uris Consider the very first children born to a woman; the first to ever to ...

   
 

Is This Year A Shana M’u-beres And How Early Can Rosh Hashana Occur?

L’zacheir nishmas my mother, Rivka bas Yisroel Avraham A’H Introduction Have you heard my riddle about Rabi Yehuda HaNasi? Why is it that Rabi Yehuda HaN...

   
 

Watch: Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Nitzavim / Selichot: When Optimists Meet (Video)

As of last night, everyone – including Ashkenazic communities – is now saying selichot (communal prayers for Divine forgiveness) and will continue doing so ...

   
 

Rosh Hashanah 5782: The "State" of G-D in Our World

"All of humanity pass before You as sheep". On Rosh Hashanah every human stands before God in judgement. He reviews our behavior, scrutinizes our hearts and det...

   
 

Rabbi Dovid Heber: How Can Shmitta Occur in a Leap Year?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin (12a) states, “Ain me’abrin es hashanah lo b’Shviis – A leap year should not be a year of Shmittah.” Rashi explains that this ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Priestly Merit

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

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - What Can We Do?

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...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Ki Tavo / How Do We Elevate Our First Fruits?

How do we relate to the many "firsts" in our lives? This week's Torah portion describes the first fruits ceremony: A farmer goes out to his orchard, sees t...

   
 

Knife

In Devarim 27:5 the posuk says one should not raise a knife on the stones in the Bais Hamikdash. Shulchan Aruch&nbs...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - The Crunchy Leaf

If you are being honest, you will admit that when walking from your house to your car or vice versa, more often than not you will actually step a few feet out o...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Remembering Hashem

The Torah in this week’s parshah describes the punishments that would befall Klal Yisroel “tachas shelo avidity b’simcha u’btuv leivuv” – because th...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - There's No Such Thing as Mundane

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 ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Repeat Performance

...you shall observe and perform them with all your heart and with all your soul (דברים כו טז) Rashi interprets this verse in context of the mitzvah o...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: I Have Not Forgotten (Ki Savo)

“When you have finished tithing all the tithes of your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give [them] to the Levite, the stranger, th...

   
 

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

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

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: The Crunchy Leaf (Ki Savo) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 26, 2021 - Is there anything more pleasurable in life then stepping on that perfectly crunchable dead leaf? How can we take inspiration fro...

   
 

A Shmittah Glossary

We are at the end of the sixth year of the shmittah cycle. Most chutz la’aretz residents are not that familiar with the laws of shmittah that will affect thos...

   
 

Selichot - "I'm Sorry"

Forty years.  That’s a long time to wander in the wilderness.  Imagine it taking that long before two brothers reconcile?  In her June 29th, 20...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Ki Tavo / Remembering to be grateful

The nation of Israel has arrived in the Promised Land and, several hundred years later, is firmly established there. Our Torah portion speaks of a farmer in tho...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Why Do We Do What We (Don't) Do?

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Ki Teitzei / Don't Get Led Astray

Dr Rakefet Ben-Yishay writes: "Whoever has tried to diet knows that the most difficult problem is when we eat just a small bite of something 'forbidden...

   
 

Saving Shmita

The experience of Shmita is both fascinating and iconic. Occurring once in seven years, it carries the mystique of something "extraordinary" or even enchanted. ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Ki Savo - Deep Gratitude- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 22, 2021 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Ki Savo, the mitzvah of bringing bikkurim is described. When w...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei: The Burj Khalifa

Is it possible to visit the Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, and the Burj Khalifa all in one day? Of course not, right? Wrong! It is possible. All yo...