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Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayishlach 5783/2022

Baltimore, MD – Dec.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / An Early Shabbat Shalom

There are weeks when it actually happens. Already by Thursday evening the festive tablecloth is spread on the Shabbat table in the living room and the table is ...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Respect is Earned When No One is Looking (Vayishlach) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 8, 2022 - "Respect is Earned When No One is Looking" is the meaningful quote found on one of my tennis armbands. Many years prior to the ma...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Chuppah of chesed

Ofer Ohana, who was critically wounded last month in a terrorist attack, went straight from rehabilitation to his daughter's chuppah. One of the guests at ...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Lack of Hesped for Rachel

In Bereishis 35:19 it says that Rachel was nifteres and was buried on the road leading to Efras, Bethlehem. Why do we not find in the T...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayishlach / Gifts, prayer, and battle

How do we approach dangerous challenges? In this week's Torah portion, Yaakov Avinu returns to the Land of Israel and readies himself for a meeting with hi...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Russia, Ukraine, Jerusalem

I am accustomed to meeting tourists at the Kotel (Western Wall) for Kabbalat Shabbat, but the tourists I met at the Kotel in the women's section this past ...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach: In the Land of Curiosity

He looked out at a city of lights and searched for its unseen designer. Noticing that a human being finally discerned Him, the divine architect of this grand ci...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: What We Run To

רַבִּי אוֹמֵר...   וֶהֱוֵי זָהִיר בְּמִצְוָה קַלָּה כְּבַחֲמוּרָה, שֶׁאֵין אַתָּה ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What kind of country is this?

We have a tendency to generalize. Several days ago, Yuri Volkov was stabbed to death on a street in Holon. This was a truly horrible incident. But how quickly w...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: The Claw Game - Vayetzei [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 2, 2022 - Have you ever wondered why the Claw Game at amusement parks are always filled with stuffed animals? Simple answer. Because no one...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Go With the Flow

As the shepherds gather at the well, waiting for their compatriots to arrive so that they may pool their strength in rolling off the heavy rock that covers the ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayeitzei: Determining The Destination

And Jacob left Be’er Sheva and he went to Haran (Bereishis 28:10) The dramatic journey had begun. Yaakov fled the familial home to escape the wrath of his ol...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Rachel: A True Model

Tucked away in this weeks Parsha, unbeknownst to many, is one of the chief M’koros the Gemara uses for the Mida of Tznius.   The Gemara cites Rochel...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Vayatzai: Finding A Safe Space (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 30, 2022 - One of the critical survival mechanisms of Klal Yisrael in golus had been the ability to find comfort and security amidst perilo...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Whence Comes Strength

There are a couple of powerful motifs in Torah, motifs which offer us many insights into the human condition, our heritage, and our unique relationship with God...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeitzei 5783/2022

Baltimore, MD – Nov.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayeitzei / The Power Of Rachel; The Power Of Love

Two amazing passages appear in this week's Torah portion and both of them teach us much about the power of love.At the beginning of the parasha, we read th...

   
 

May I Eat before I Daven?

Since the Gemara notes that a source in this week’s parsha teaches that Yaakov introduced the Maariv prayers…  May I Eat before I Daven?  Questi...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Religion and Belongingness

Ya'akov barely escapes his homicidal brother, fleeing from his family, penniless and alone. Traveling at night to a faraway sanctuary, he is uncertain abou...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: The Cost and the Benefit

רַבִּי אוֹמֵר...    וֶהֱוֵי זָהִיר בְּמִצְוָה קַלָּה כְּבַחֲמוּרָה, שֶׁאֵין אַת...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Why Bread? (Daf Yomi Special)

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Mosh...

   
 

Listen (Read) to the Torah Sparks Podcast: We Run and They Run -Toldos [Audio]

Baltimore, Md - Nov. 25, 2022 - RUUUUUUUNN! This word is usually associated with online deals that you don't want to miss. But if you think about it, this ...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - It Can't Happen Here, Can It?

Could it really happen here?  Could “it” – the kind of antisemitism that morphs and mutates into violent hate and rage – really happen here, in Ame...

   
 

Parshas Toldos: Cravings or Ravings?

Yaakov encounters Esav in a moment of vulnerability. Esav returns home from a ‘day at the races’ exhausted. He begs his brother Yaakov to partake from the r...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Toldot / What Is There In This Week's Torah Portion To Talk About At The Shabbat Table?

A young mother told me that she began to study the weekly Torah portion and asked what there is in this week's Torah portion that she could discuss with he...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Toldos - Linggering Lessons

“And Isaac loved Esav because [his] game was in his mouth, but Rebecca loved Jacob (Bereishis 25:28).” The commentaries struggle to understand the meaning ...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Kislev: Finding Life Amidst the Dead of Winter (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - Nov. 23,  Although this time of year corresponds with the frigid winter, it is not a period of morbidity and despair, rather of hope and po...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Toldos 5783/2022

Baltimore, MD – Nov.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Toldot / How Much Do You Sleep?

Excuse the question, but how many hours did you sleep last night? Are you tired and weary? When we speak about this week's Torah portion of Toldot, we spea...

   
 

Mother or Father

In Bereishis 27:6 Rivkah told Yaakov that she heard her father talking to Esav etc. She ends off saying, “Listen to what I will tell you.” In ...

   
 

Israel's Lapid Warns Against A 'Halachic State'

'Women will not be told where they are allowed and where they are not allowed to stand,' says Yair Lapid Israel's outgoing Prime Minister Yair...

   
 

Conflict of Interest

The Torah teaches that Yitzchak loved Esav because ציד בפיו…. Question #1: Conflict of Interest Does the Torah discuss a government official having a...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: How We Get There

אָמַר לָהֶם (רַבָּן יוֹחָנָן בֶּן זַכַּאי), צְאוּ וּרְאוּ אֵיזוֹהִי דֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה שֶׁ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Haters Gonna Hate

Before Rivkah's family sees her off, they give her a blessing. The blessing concludes with the words (24:60) "veyirash zar'eich eis sha'ar son�...

   
 

Watch: Let's Talk Kashrus - Raising the Bar (Video)

Spirits at your Simcha Part 1 At simchas and events, a well-stocked bar is often a prime attraction. Are there any kashrus concerns with the beverages served ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Senior Citizens

Avraham was old, well on in years, and G-d had blessed Avraham with everything. (בראשית כד א) On the surface, this touching portrayal of Avraham would...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Chayei Sarah - Older and Wiser

So much has happened. The journey which began with Lech Lecha has yielded so much fruit.Avraham has created a family and a dynasty. But it is now, in this week...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Another lesson From the Avos

After Yitzchak takes Rivka for a wife, we are informed that Avraham remarried.  (Chayei Sarah 25:1) The Pasuk states that his new wife’s name was “Ketu...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Backbones and Worms - Chayei Sarah [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 17, 2022 - Backbones, worms, pencils, and more. In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast we attempt to connect all of these ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Tzahi And Tzilla, Yitzhak And Rivka

The story of the wedding of Tzahi and Tzilla Meghnagi is highly appropriate for this week’s Torah portion. As soon as he has completed the burial of his wife ...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: How Straight is Beautiful

רַבִּי אוֹמֵר, אֵיזוֹהִי דֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה שֶׁיָּבוֹר לוֹ הָאָדָם? כֹּל שֶׁהִיא תִפְאֶר...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / When Sadness Is Appropriate

Moti Ashkenazi, 59, of Yavne, father of three and grandfather of two. Michael Ladigin, 36, a new immigrant, of Bat Yam, father of two. Tamir Avichai, 50, of Kir...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - To Each A Perfect Match

We think we understand pressure. We think we know pressure when we come up to bat in the bottom of the last inning, two outs and runners in scoring position; w...

   
 

Sivan Rahav Meir / The Daily Portion / Minding Our Own Business: Proper Behavior or a Trait of Sodom?

Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest volunteer organization, best known for lending medical equipment for home use, reported two tragic cases yesterday. In the first, ...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Chayai Sorah: Chessed Which Empowers the Other Person, And Doesn’t Subordinate Them (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 15, 2022  - A beneficiary of chessed is compromised by his position as a needy, dependent, petitioner. It is the giver’s responsibil...

   
 

Davening For A Shidduch

A man with a daughter in shidduchim has his eye on a certain bochur. He wants this boy as a son-in-law. He knows that there are many reasons this...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / On the 2nd Yahrzeit of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, z'l

In every community I visited in the United States over the past few days, in every school presentation or other forum, when I asked the rabbis and educators abo...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Salt in the Wound

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'ilui nishmas my brother Efrayim Yechezkel ben Avi Mori Reuven Pinchas, whose 46th yahrtzeit&nb...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Felix Baumgartner

On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian-born aerobatic flyer, broke multiple world records. He became the first person to break the sound barrier in...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Objet de’Mitzvah

Avraham upon discovering the three men traveling in the heat of the day immediately offers them hospitality, telling them he will fetch a morsel of bread to sus...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayera - Nameless and Famous

Avraham sat outside his tent recovering from his circumcision. The Bris Milah was performed at an advanced age as the ultimate display of allegiance and commitm...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Returning Stolen Light

Tonight marks 84 years since Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass." Rabbi Eliezer Chirik, a Chabad emissary in the German city of Nuremberg, tells the foll...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: The Proof is in the Pudding (Vayeira) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 10, 2022 - The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating. I'm sure you never heard this phrase before, even though this is actually the or...

   
 

Ohr Chadash Academy (OCA) Wishes Mazel Tov to Head of School, Dr. Deborah Rapoport on Successfully Defending her Ed.D. Dissertation (Video & Photos )

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 10, 2022 - Mazal tov to our Head of School, Dr. Deborah Rapoport on successfully defending her Ed.D. dissertation, Exploring the ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Who Are We?

Klal Yisroel is identified for its Mida of Chesed.  We have numerous Mitzvos instructing us as to the high regard Hashem places on the Mida of Chesed. ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - A Marriage Forever Young

When we read the story of the angels visiting Avram and Sarai, we marvel at the miracle of the child foretold. What we too rarely recognize in this remarkable n...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayeira / To Open The Door

As usual, the cameraman for the morning TV program was waiting for me yesterday to do our broadcast outside my home. But then he messaged me that in rain like t...

   
 

How Chinuch Works

In Bereishis,18:7 it says in reference to his preparing for guests that Avraham ran to the cattle and then gave the animals to the child to ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayeira / Knowing Our Limits

Where should we set our limits? Avraham Avinu is our teacher when it comes to lovingkindness. For thousands of years, both adults and children have learned from...

   
 

Listen: Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 93 - Vayeirah by Daniel Balsam (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 6, 2022 - Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 93    - Vayeirah by Daniel Balsam Click on the arrow below to listen: ...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Vayera: Don’t Jettison Your Past (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 6, 2022 - When we undergo spiritual transformation, there is a tendency to throw away our past and try to expunge it from our consciousness...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: On The Straight and Narrow

רַבִּי אוֹמֵר, אֵיזוֹהִי דֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה שֶׁיָּבוֹר לוֹ הָאָדָם? כֹּל שֶׁהִיא תִפְאֶר...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Rachel and Ya'akov: inspired by love

Today, the 11th of Cheshvan, is the day Rachel Imeinu passed away. Here's a thought about her inspirational effect on Ya'akov.The Torah describes how ...