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Parshas Tetzaveh - Honor and Winning The Battle Against Angels

1) Bigdei Kehunah Ramban (Shemos 20:2) tells us that the garments of the kohein are “l’kavod u’l’siferes”, for honor and beauty. What does that mean? ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Tetzaveh - Kings, Kohanim, & Purim- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 19, 2018 -  Parshas Tetzaveh discusses the bigdei kehunah (Priests' clothing). The clothing that the Kohen Ga...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Inviting Hashem into Our Lives

1) Beis Hamikdash - Place of Connection Ramban and other Rishonim talk about the mishkan and the amazing and beautiful ideas which can be learned from these pa...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Beam Me Up!

Tomorrow, 2 Adar, is the yahrtzeit of my Zadie, Rabbi Yaakov Bulka. The shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Chaim Yaakov ben Yitzchak,&nb...

   
 

New Sefer on Rav Shulchan Aruch

The Rav Shulchan Aruch, written by Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Rebbe of Lubavitch, has always been a favorite Acharon of various Gedolim and Poskim.&n...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - To Plant. To Believe. To Carry On

There is a story in the Talmud of an old man planting a carob tree as a younger man strolled by.  “Old man,” said the younger man, “what are you doin...

   
 

Six Minutes With Rabbi Goldberger! Listen to Rabbi Menachem Goldberger on Parsha Teruma - Purim Giving (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 15, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Goldberger's latest vort on --Parshas Terumah -- Purim Giving   ...

   
 

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 - Walking the Plank

Rashi records a fascinating tradition in regard to the bars that supported the planks that comprised the walls of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. There were two r...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - How Do We Do That Mitzvah?

It’s important to keep things fresh.  After all, repetition and familiarity can lead to taking things for granted.  That’s why I thought it might ...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - In Fifth Graders We Trust

As I sat at the formal breakfast honoring the initiation of Gemara study by the fifth grade of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim, I was overcome by the intense meaning of ...

   
 

Medical Awareness and Halacha: Is it Obligatory?

Recently, a tragic loss has affected the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community in the passing away of a wonderful and remarkable person – Rabbi Yehuda Harbater z...

   
 

Rav Zvi Dov Slanger, ZT'L: A Talmid’s Perspective

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 14, 2018 - Most often memories fade as time goes on, this is certainly the case with people when they pass on. Chazal tell us that the memo...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - The Gift for One Who Truly Has Everything

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....

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 12, 2018 - Pesach is the Yom Tov of distinction between the Jews and their oppressors, while Purim is characterized by a blurring...

   
 

Shakespeare and Halacha

“All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold The truth revealed for all to behold: Shakespeare’s words ...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - What's in a Name?

This coming Tuesday, 28 Shevat, marks the yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, R' Yitzchak Yeres, for whom our baby boy is named. The shtikle...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Stay Connected

In Parshas Yisro, we read about kabbolas haTorah. Before that, in Moroh, Klal Yisroel received the mitzvos of Shabbos, Poroh and dinim. Why did they receive spe...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Transcendence

In this week’s portion there are over fifty injunctions listed that, for the most part, govern the gamut of civil law and order. Much has been written in expl...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Family First

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...

   
 

The $1000 Dollar Sandwich and Halacha

As of Motzai Shabbos – they had sold six of them.  On Sunday itself – they probably sold much more.   We are, of course, referring to the Sup...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Even our Challenges Exemplify Hashem's Ultimate Kindness

One of the Torah’s fundamental principles, cited in Parshas Mishpatim, is the concept of eyen tachas eyen, shayn tachas sheyn – that the Torah ascribes puni...

   
 

The Halachos of Borrowing

Question: Shattered Shield “A friend left for a few weeks, leaving me the keys for his car and permission to use it whenever I wanted. The first morning, whe...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Anshei Chayil Mi Yimtza

In this week's parsha, Yisro advises Moshe that he could not possibly handle the entire nation's legal issues on his own. Rather, he should ...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: You are Never Alone

At the conclusion of the detailed description of all that transpired at the revelation at Mount Sinai, the Torah concludes with a seemingly random listing of se...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: The Search for the TruthThe 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: The Search for the Truth

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: To Set A Place

Powerball Jackpot!  One hundred million dollars!  Two hundred million!  A billion!  Who among us hasn’t imagined what a wonderful thing i...

   
 

Smoking, Cracking Knuckles, and Kivud Av V’Aim

THE TWO QUESTIONS Recently, a young lady in high school posed the following question:  My mother doesn’t want me to crack my knuckles.  I certainly...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: Humble Beginnings, Sinai and Life Tests

Introduction Welcome to Parshas Yisro. We’re going to talk about Ma’amad Har Sinai and many other very important points, focusing on the Ramban as we alway...

   
 

What is Tu BiShvat?

Tu B'Shvat is one of those little understood days that most people know very little about. We know it as the Rosh HaShana for trees. This is based upon the...

   
 

Tu B’shvat 5778 - The Old-Fashioned Stick

Sh’vat is a Tribe and Stick Let me start off with an obvious question about the month of Sh’vat. You might have been thinking about this already from Rosh ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Rosh Chodesh Shevat: Tu B'shevat- The Beginning Matters (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 29, 2018 - Tu B'Shevat (the 15th day of Shevat) is the new year for the trees- the day when the sap starts to rise in the trees i...

   
 

No Leg to Stand On

Question #1: Placing my feet “If the wheel of a stroller falls off on Shabbos, may I slide it back?” Question #2: A benched bench “If one leg fell off ...

   
 

A Dose of Emunah

There is a story that is told about Napoleon Bonaparte.  He would often dress as one of the people to hear what was being said about him.  On one such...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - A Challenge

Mazal Tov to my niece and nephew, Rochel Leah and Yehoshua Greenwald, on the birth of their daughter, Tzirel Nechama. Mazal Tov to the Greenwalds, Shoneks and B...

   
 

Parshas B’Shalach -So Who Walked On Water?

As young students in day school, we are often exposed to a basic appreciation for some of the importance of how carefully every word in the Torah is used. ...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - Destroying Amalek In Our Times

At the end of this week's parshah, the nation of Amalek wages war on the Jewish people. The Torah recounts that Moshe told Yehoshua to lead the Jews in bat...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - A Watershed Event

After experiencing perhaps the greatest miracle of all time the Children of Israel are at a loss for the most basic of needs, water. After being prodded by Mosh...

   
 

Oh, To Win The Lottery! The Lure, And The Curse, Of Sudden Wealth

A dollar and a dream.  You can’t win if you don’t play.  Today, as I stopped to get my morning newspaper, there was a line stretching into the s...

   
 

The Squirrel in the Shul

It was a bizarre appearance.  In front of the Aron Kodesh in the local Kollel, there was a silvery brown mink-like fur piece protruding upward from the bot...

   
 

TODAY! Tuesday of Parshas B'Shalach: Parshas HaMahn and Hishtadlus

Today, many people today will recite the parsha of the Mahn. It is a segulah to become wealthier if we recite this section (Shmos 16:4 until the Omer is one ten...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Beshalach - Destroying the Threat of Mitzrayim- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 22, 2018 -  In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Beshalach, the Jews turn back toward Mitzrayim, and the Egyptians come to chase a...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Transparency

In honor of the memory of Chayah Masya Bas Asher HaKohen who inspired the message within this Dvar Torah. One of the more unusual aspects of the night of the e...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Animal Instincts

There is much discussion regarding the exact methodology and pattern behind the ten plagues - what the plagues represented individually and as a whole and why t...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Parshas Bo 5778 - Locust, Consuming our Handiwork - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

 Baltimore, MD - Jan. 19, 2018 - Bo 5778 - Locust, Consuming our Handiwork - 2nd Aliyah Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Bo: Where Every Word Counts

Every word, every letter in the Torah is used for a specific reason and purpose.  We are reminded of this concept often through the teachings of Chazal whe...

   
 

Parshas Bo: Who Has the Power?

Before Makkas Borod, Moshe Rabbeinu announced that anything living that is left outside in the field will be destroyed by the hail. This is the seventh plague. ...

   
 

Parshas Bo: The Children We Have

Believe me Rebbi, I only care about my child’s Yiddishkeit, and if he doesn’t go on the right path then I prefer that he should just die already. - spoken ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Rosh Chodesh Shevat - Shovavim - Man, Trees and Freedom (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 16, 2018 - As the month of Shevat begins, we approach the new year for the trees. The entire month is also part of the period called S...

   
 

Dealing with Off the Derech Children - A Response to the Kiryas Yoel Publication

It is a publication authored by two Dayanim from the Satmar community, Rav Getzel Berkowitz Shlita of Kiryas Yoel, and Rav Avrohom Tzvi Vosner Shlita of Satmar ...

   
 

Parshas Bo - What A Jew Believes

Introduction Ramban in this Parsha has many classical comments, especially the last Ramban in the parsha which is a foundation of the fundamentals of the Torah...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Staying Inspired

After the plagues of frogs, beasts, and hail, respectively, Pharoah begged Moshe to daven for his salvation in exchange for the emancipation of the Jewish natio...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - G-D Matters

The fifth plague to befall the Egyptian people was דֶבֶר, most often translated as pestilence, a virulent epidemic that would affect their livestock, killi...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Staff Meeting

In order to give Paroah a warning for the plague of blood, (7:15) Moshe is told to meet Paroah at the Nile and hamateh asher nehpach lenachash tikach beyadecha,...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - What You Do Counts!

The Ovos were given a tremendous nisoyon. Hashem promised many things to them and He displayed His ability to deliver on all those promises, but they didn’t s...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - When Do We Try Tefilla?

As the Maccos commence, there is a fascinating juxtaposition of words and phrases, relating to Paaroh’s state of mind during the process. Much discussion is d...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - A Leader Seeking Power

Today is the yartzeit of my rebbi, Ha Rav Asher Zelig Rubenstein, zt”l; this is L’iluy nishmaso.  ‘’And the almighty spoke to Moshe and Aaron and ...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Enough!

It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews - Chasidic Master Ever been accused of “being your own worst enemy”?  I...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - 20/20 Vision

[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...

   
 

Late Night Weddings – Two Solutions

It is 10:30 PM.  Do you know where your children are? It is not their fault, of course.   You're at a wedding, it's getting late and t...

   
 

Parshas V'eira - Full Faith, Olam Habah and Internal Motivation

1) Keil Shakai – The Avos Didn’t Question Hashem “Vaera el Avraham.”  Hashem is speaking to Moshe and says: I appeared to Avraham.  “el Yit...

   
 

On The Occasion Of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Yahrzeit (27 Teves): Chumash And The Fall Of The Ghetto

With the falling of the ghetto walls that had kept the Jews in central Europe isolated from the world around them, many Jews began to assimilate into the surrou...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Va'eira - Moshe and Aharon: Lineage & Leadership- 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 8, 2018 - In the second aliyah (section) of Parshas Va'eira, the lineage of Moshe and Aharon is discussed in detail, wi...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - What Makes A Leader

L’iluy nishmas my rebbi, Harav Asher Zelig Rubenstein, Zt’’l “And it was in those days and Moshe grew up and he went out to his brothers, and he saw th...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - No One Loves Your Child Like You Do

In introducing us to Klal Yisroel’s greatest prophet and teacher, the Torah also portrays for us a valuable lesson regarding the psychology of human beings.&n...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - The Nobel Prize

When Hashem instructed Moshe to be His emissary to the Jewish people, Moshe was hesitant to accept his role, as he feared that it would hurt the feelings of his...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Wholly Hearts

Moshe is finally summoned by G-d to take the Jewish nation out of Egypt. In what seems related to his characteristic humility Moshe hesitates and asks G-d, מי...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - …For As His Name Is, So Is He

Years ago, in Pittsburgh, I initiated several programs for mentally challenged Jewish youngsters and adults, many living in various state institutions. The insp...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: Where To Get Tickets From Galus

Parshas Shemos details the first time in our history where we are faced, as an Am, with perhaps our greatest challenge.  Galus.  The Parsha begins wit...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Shemos - The Midwives and the Birth of the Jewish Nation- Second Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 2, 2018 - In the second aliyah (portion) of Parshas Shemos, there are two parts that are critical to the process of Yet...

   
 

Why Do Many People Think That It’s Right To Marry Off A Child That Has Mental Illness Without Revealing This Before A Shidduch?: A Halachic Analysis

It is an issue that drew lots of attention in a very recent discussion:.  The question posed by a certain “David111” was:  Why do many people thi...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: Level of Avos, Words that Kill and Prayer Power

Shemos Introduction Whenever you learn anything interesting throughout the entire sefer of Shemos, you always have a great d’var Torah for Pesach. So as we g...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Netziv on the Parshas Vayechi (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - Dec. 29, 2017 - Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Netziv on Parshas Vayechi Click here to listen...