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Parshas Tazria-Metzora - GIGO!

Since the hour is late, just a quick thought: We often strive to find connections between different episodes within the same parsha. It is perhaps less common t...

   
 

Parshas Tazria-Metzora: Tzaraas: Spiritual Malady With Medical Roots

 1) Tzaraas: A Spiritual Malady Ramban’s famous opinion, which is agreed upon by the Rambam and the Kuzari, is that tzaraas is not a physical malady. Tz...

   
 

Listen: Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Sefiras HaOmer - Tikkun HaMiddos (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2018 - Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Sefiras HaOmer - Tikkun HaMiddos (Audio) ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on the Netziv on the Parsha - Tazria Metzora (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2018 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer on the Netziv on the Parsha - Tazria Metzora Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Tazria-Metzora 5778 (Chutz Laaretz) Acharei Mos-Kedoshim 5778 (Israel) - With All Due Respect

In Parshas Shemini, we read about the deaths of Nadav and Avihu. But immediately following, we have a long detour where the Torah discusses the laws of kashrus,...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - Moment of Silence

We read this week the laws that pertain to tzaraas as it affects the body, garments and houses, as well as the laws regarding discharges from the human body, bo...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - 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...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - A Fresh Perspective On Loshon Hara

This week’s parsha discusses tzaraas, a spiritually-caused physical affliction that was primarily the result of Loshon Hara, gossiping or speaking negatively ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Tazria - Recognizing the Bad for What it's Worth- 5th Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2018 - In the 5th aliyah of Parshas Tazria, the plague of tzaraas is discussed. There is a specific prohibitio...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - A Virtue

At the end of the parsha, summarizing the commandments relating to forbidden foods, the pasuk (11:45) says "Ki ani HaShem hamaale eschem..." Rashi comments that...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Where Do We Go From Here?

So Pesach has passed.  Another beautiful YomTov where we stop our regular lives to focus on a particular event in our history and engage in some unique Mit...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - It's Our Job

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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Shemini 5778 - Hands of Prayer and Blessing - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 13, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Shemini 5778 - Hands of Prayer and Blessing - 2nd Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Shemini - Amazing!

“I’m not impressed!” is a refrain we often hear in response to a wide array of experiences, people, circumstances and accomplishments. This quality can b...

   
 

Parshas Shemini: “My Sin is Before Me Always"

We live at a time when even the most “humble” amongst us seems to have a blog, or a Twitter account, or a website or, or, or… or some other way or means f...

   
 

Eat Kosher! Part I

In chutz la’aretz, this week parshas Shemini is read, which includes much of the Torah’s discussion regarding which species are kosher. Although in Eretz Yi...

   
 

Pesach 5778 - Achdus - The Ultimate Power

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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Sefiras HaOmer- Excitement or Mourning (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 30, 2018 - reposted upon request:Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2017 - In the 4th aliyah of Parshas Emor, Sefiras Haomer is discussed as the time...

   
 

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...

   
 

The Seder "The Story of Our Past Is the Story of Our Future"

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...

   
 

Pesach 5778 - Genuinely Inspiring Others

A primary purpose of the Seder is to inspire our children, family and guests with a love for Hashem, the mitzvos and the Torah. How can we best accomplish this ...

   
 

Pesach 5778 - Pesach and Seder 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...

   
 

Loshon Hora Regarding Shidduchim: Part II

This article is adapted from Rabbi Dovid Jaffee’s upcoming sefer on the laws of Loshon Hora in contemporary times. All halachos mentioned herein are complex a...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on The Pesach Seder - Making it Real, Making it Relevant (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - Mar. 27, 2018 - On the night of the Pesach seder we tell the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim to our children. We do not appoint anyone to a...

   
 

May I Enter the Room That I Sold to the Non-Jew?

The style of this article is an experiment; it is somewhat different from what I usually send out, and I am looking for feedback from our readers. The article c...

   
 

Pesach 5778 - Igniting the Year

Opening Thought I am so excited to have the opportunity to share with you words about the haggadah shel Pesach. We’ve been focusing this year on the Ramban, ...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Come Together

This week's shtikle comes with some sad news. My wife's grandmother, the matriarch of the family, Rebbetzin Faigie Frankel, passed away Monday evening...

   
 

Parshas Tzav / Shabbos HaGadol - How Can We?

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey passed away last week. A tzaddik. When I lived in Monsey I once got a phone call late at night, and the caller said...

   
 

Parshas Tzav / Shabbos HaGadol - We Want Hashem Now!

On all other nights we eat chametz and matzah. On this night - only matzah? Do we really eat matzah on all other nights of the year? Although we certainly may ...

   
 

Insight on the Haggada

We say in the Haggada, “Everyone who is hungry should come and eat.” The question arises then, why don’t we leave our doors open the entire Pesach night? ...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Bias, Derech Eretz and Impact

1) What’s the Zeruz? The Torah starts off with a command, “Tzav es Aharon v’es banav.”  You should command and tell Aharon and his sons.  Ras...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - “Small” Actions Make Great People

Tzav begins by describing the first duty of the Kohen as he began the day’s services, known as “Removing of the Ashes” (Terumos Hadeshen) - removing a por...

   
 

Parshas Tzav / Shabbos HaGadol - A Remembrance and a Tefilah

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

   
 

Parshas Tzav / Shabbos HaGadol - A Wedding Without the Bride?!!

This Shabbos carries more than the name of its Parsha, Tzav. It is also known as Shabbos Hagadol because of its proximity to Pesach. There is a unique mitzvah t...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - The Speaking Voice

Silence is a source of great strength - Lao Tzu The speaking voice always betrays itself.  By which I mean, the person talking always “gives himself aw...

   
 

Parshas Tzav - Leading by Caring

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 ...

   
 

The Matzoh Shoppers Guide – Part II

The Four Questions of Matzoh Purchasing The First Question Is: On all other nights of the year, we do not check our matzoh and bread, although we sometimes che...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - It's all Hashem's Words

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 - The Longing Soul

Introduction to Sefer Vayikra Let’s begin with Ramban’s  introduction to encapsulate what Vayikra is all about. Hashem took the Jews out of Mitzrayim,...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Holy Slaughter, Batman

This Sunday, 2 Nissan, marks the yahrtzeit of my Bubbie. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmasah, Yehudis bas Reuven Pinchas...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Is Failure Always Such A Bad Thing?

 “If a leader [of Israel] sins and unintentionally commits one of all the commandments of the L-rd, which may not be committed...then he shall bring his ...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - A Fresh New Start

[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...

   
 

Loshon Hora in Regard to Shidduchim: Part I

This article is adapted from Baltimore native Rabbi Dovid Jaffee’s upcoming sefer on the laws of Loshon Hora in contemporary times. All halachos mentioned her...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Smoke and Mirrors

At the onset of the laws governing the bringing of sacrifices it alludes to the very first קרבן, offering, that was presented to G-d. אדם כי יקרי...

   
 

Parshas Vayikra - Sweeten to Taste

Any meal offering that you offer to Hashem shall not be prepared leavened (Chometz) for you shall not   cause to go up in smoke from any leavening or fru...

   
 

The Matzoh Shoppers Guide: The Four Questions of Matzoh Purchasing

The Four Questions of Matzoh Purchasing The First Question Is: On all other nights of the year we do not check our matzoh and bread, although we sometimes chec...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 12, 2018 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Vayikra, Hashem calls Moshe to come to speak with Him. It is not possibl...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei - Smooth Heart

In this week’s parsha, (35:30-35) Moshe Rabbeinu informs B’nei Yisrael that Betzalel will be in charge of overseeing the construction of the mishkan. He sta...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei - Children of Miriam

Moshe informs the nation that G-d has selected Betzalel to lead the team effort of constructing the intricate vessels and components of the Mishkan, the Taberna...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei - Devoted to HaShem

After Purim, we start preparing in two ways for Pesach: the technical preparations of what’s involved in doing the mitzvos of the Yom Tov, and to learn and un...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei - Shabbos is the Foundation

P’kudei Sefer Shemos concludes with the much anticipated completion of the Mishkan.  Several Parshiyos were devoted to the details of its construction, ...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei - 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 th...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei - The Urgency of the Now

“The entire assembly of the Children of Israel left Moshe’s presence. Every man whose heart inspired him came; and everyone whose spirit motivated him broug...

   
 

Parshas VaYakheil/Pekudei -

Introduction We’re going to wrap up Sefer Shemos with parshas Vayakhel and Pekudei together with two thoughts for each of them based on Ramban. 1) Vayakhe...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sisa: Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow

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...

   
 

Parshas Ki Sisa: Kodesh, Sake of God and Leadership Quality

1) Why Called Lashon HaKodesh? Welcome to parshas Ki Sisa (Shemos 30:13) as we focus on the Ramban and you might have heard about his first famous comment whic...

   
 

Parshas Ki Tisa: That Which is Broken is Whole

There is nothing so whole as a broken heart - R’ Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Adam and Eve’s terrible punishment was that, by eating of the fruit of the tree,...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Purim - There's Always Hope (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 28, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Purim - Click on Purim - There's Always Hope ...

   
 

Purim 5778: Hashem is Close to Us

Simple-minded people say the world is easily understood through science. But it isn’t so simple. The physical world contains tremendously deep and...

   
 

Purim 5778: Crying with Joy

We all aspire to attain it. We exert much energy and time in pursuit of it. Most of us never achieve it.  It’s happiness. What defines happiness? Is it ...

   
 

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...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 27, 2018 - Taanis Esther is a day of tefillah. The power of the Jewish People comes from the bracha (blessing) of Yitzchok,&...

   
 

Yisroel Gelber: Shalach Manos and the Art of Receiving

Purim, is an opportunity to enter the world of love and closeness.  After all, the Jewish People experienced Divine love in the form of a miraculous salvat...

   
 

Purim 5778: Who Stands Behind The Mask: What We Hide; What We Reveal

Rava said, It is one’s duty levasumei, to make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘arur Haman’ (cursed be ...

   
 

The Mitzvah Of Mishloach Manos With Additional Psakim Of Rav Shlomo Miller, Shlita

There are four types of people in the world:  Those that prepare their Mishloach Manos many days before Purim.  Those that prepare the day before Puri...

   
 

Intriguing Purim Questions

Question #1: Purim Damage An inebriated Purim drop-in damaged some property in our house. May we collect damages? Question #2: Hurt at a Wedding At a wedding...

   
 

Purim: Revealing the Hidden

1) Questions on Chayiv inish L’bisumei b’Puriya We all know the famous gemara Megillah (7b) that tells us chayiv inish l’bisumei b’Puriya ad d’lo yad...