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Parshas Vayishlach - Yaakov’s Concern and Sleep

 1) Yaakov’s Fear and Distress “Vayira Yaakov me’od vayeitzer lo (Bereishis 32:8).”  Yaakov was very fearful, and distressed. Rashi brings do...

   
 

High in the Thigh; The Mitzvah of Gid Hano’she

In the process of vanquishing his opponent wrestler, Yaakov Avinu was left with an injured thigh. To commemorate this event, the Torah teaches al kein lo yochel...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Bilhah the Builder

After Leah gives birth to 4 boys, Rachel, following a confrontation with Yaakov, gives over her maidservant to Yaakov so that he may produce children with her. ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yaacov Haber For 3 Minutes In Ushering In Shabbos With His Insight To Parshas Va'Yeitzei (Video)

Join Rabbi Yaacov Haber for 3 minutes in ushering in Shabbos with his insight to Parshas Va'Yeitzei. Rabbi Yaacov Haber has been a leading force in Jewi...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Extending our 'I'

[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 Vayeitzei - Tools for Life

In this week’s Parsha the pasuk says, “And Yaakov left from Be’er Sheva and went to Charan.” The first question to be asked on the pasuk is, why is ther...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - The True Meaning of 'Tznius' - It May Surprise You

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...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Put On Your Tefillin

Despite our nation’s many successes and contributions to the benefit of humanity, our people are often targeted and blamed for the problems that plague the wo...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Failure Is Our Only Option Success Is Built On A Foundation Of Failed Attempts

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. - John F. Kennedy “ Look the day is still long, it is not yet time to bring the livestock in; water th...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayeitzei - Yaakov's Broader Horizons-First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 14, 2018 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov is on the run from his home. Even though Yaakov was leaving Eretz Yisroel, he w...

   
 

Rain

In Eretz Yisroel they begin to say “vesen tal umatar” on zayin Cheshvan. In Chutz Le’Aaretz we begin saying “ves...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Le'iluy Nishmas Rosh HaYeshivah Of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, Zt"l (Yaakov Moshe Ben Refael Nissan Shlomo) Whose 18th Yahrtzeit Is 3 Kisleiv

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, zt"l (Ya...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - The Makings of a 'Rasha'

Parshas Toldos presents us with one of the most difficult to understand and troubling narratives in the Torah.  Yitzchak, Kadosh Lashem, was bound on a Miz...

   
 

Needle in a Haystack

For twenty years Yitzchok and Rivka entreat G-d to grant them a child before they are finally blessed with the birth of twins. The form of prayer Yitzchok utili...

   
 

Listen: Rosh Chodesh Kislev (the Jewish Feb. 29) in Halacha & Agada (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 8, 2018 - As is well known, Rosh Chodesh Kislev and Teves are sometimes one day and sometimes two. This causes numerous halachic issues in ...

   
 

Eretz Yisroel and Children

In Bereishis, Perek Chof Heh, posuk chof it says that Yitzchok was forty years old when he married Rivkah. In posuk chof ...

   
 

Parshat Toldot- In Every Generation [11 Kaddishim For 11 Kedoshim Echo In Our Ears]

We were never taught this is still going on today. - Gaby Kirschner in The New York Times We were never taught. History is an arc that bends towards justice....

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Zoological Torah Lessons

1) Eisav’s Trapping Skills The Torah (Bereishis 25:27) talks about Eisav as a hunter. Gra takes this pasuk out of the literal, simple translation of Rashi an...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - What's a Good Reason?

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...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Shabbos Project, Pittsburgh & Connecting to Hashem

[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...

   
 

Shmiras HaLashon: Relating That Someone Committed a Sin

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer,“Shmiras Haloshon in Today’s World”. All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framewo...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Stop, Look and Listen

There is a pivotal moment in the story of the selection of Rivka as a wife for Yitzchok, where Eliezer, who has been constantly referred to until then as the ע...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Cool, Calm and Collected

The Torah relates that after Sarah passed away, Avraham's intense desire was to give her a proper burial in a place befitting of her greatness - the Ma...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Life Lessons of Sarah

1) “V’livchosa” Small Kaf For Shlaimus “Vayavo Avraham lispod es Sarah v’livchosa” (Bereishis 23:2). Avraham came to give a hesped on Sarah and to ...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Trust, When it Counts

We see the advertisements,  selling the trustworthiness of financial advisors and institutions.  These commercials resonate with us because we know ho...

   
 

LeChaim

In Bereishis, Perek Chof Gimmel, posuk alef it says that Sarah lived one hundred years and twenty years and seven years. Subsequently, the&n...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Good Nature

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'ilui nishmas my brother Efrayim Yechezkel ben Avi Mori Reuven Pinchas, a"h, whose 42nd yahrtzeit&nb...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Making A Lasting Impression

Three days after Avraham performed his own Bris Milah, the opportunity to do Hachnasas Archim (caring for guests) came knocking on his door. Despite being in pa...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Avraham's True Mida

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 - Doing ALL Mitzvos with Joy

[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 Vayeira - Recovery

There is a popular Yiddish aphorism describing someone so inebriated that he is unaware of his actions that goes: Ehr iz shikkur vi Lot! This literally transla...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - The Wickedness of Sodom; Why Should Avraham Avinu Care?

After a hurricane, when drinking water may have been fouled, it takes only one-half a teaspoon of bleach to make eight gallons of fouled water potable.  If...

   
 

How Chinuch Works

In Bereishis, Perek Yud Ches, posuk zayin it says in reference to his preparing for guests that Avraham ran to the cattle and then gave the ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Vayeira - The Bris of Chessed- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 23, 2018 - There are 2 covenants associated with Avraham Avinu-the bris of chessed, and the bris milah. Although we usually associate the b...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira: Three Ingredients Of Kindness, Three Measurements of Greatness

1) Hachnasas Orchim Greater Than Talking to Shechina Avraham Aveinu was speaking with the Shechina, and, all of a sudden, he saw his three guests coming his wa...

   
 

Should I Daven For Rain When We Need It? also...Davening For Rain In The Southern Hemisphere

Whereas in chutz la’aretz we do not recite vesein tal umatar (the prayer for rain added to the bracha of Boreich Aleinu in the weekday shmoneh esrei) until th...

   
 

Parshas Lech Licha - A Riveting Dispute

After leaving Mitzrayim and returning to Eretz C'na'an, the shepherds of Lot and Avraham engage in a dispute as the land they were occupying was not v...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - For Hashem and For Ourselves

In the first Pasuk of this week’s Parsha, we have an unusual pair of Rashi’s.  First, on the words “Lech Licha”, Rashi immediately tells us that th...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Sacred Secrets

Lot exhibits extreme devotion to the mission of Avraham and Sarah. He too, loyally forsakes the comforts of his homestead in the pursuit of a nobler life under ...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Lot, “With Him” Or Not? The Danger Of Getting In “With” The Wrong Crowd

When God calls to Avram and tells him to, “…go, leave the place of your birth; go, leave your father’s house; go to the land that I will show you…” Av...

   
 

Sinning to help Others

The Rishonim discuss whether or not a person may do an aveira so the public can benefit. Tosfos in Shabbos, daf daled amud al...

   
 

PArshas Noach - rem'ARK'able!

The first pasuk of this week's parsha declares Noach an ish tzaddik tamim, a man of complete righteousness. Later on, ho...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Nevermore

G-d remembered Noach and all the beasts and all the animals, that were with him in the Ark, and G-d caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsi...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Ideas On Raising Children in a Crazy World

The Torah’s account of the most prominent siblings in early civilization is not a pretty picture.  Kayin kills Hevel and Noach’s sons differences spawn...

   
 

Parshas Noach - Setting Limits; Good Judgement and Living in the World

Noach, the man of the earth, debased himself and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became a drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent.  &...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Noach - Building & Destroying, Inside & Out- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 10, 2018 - When the physical world was destroyed in the mabul, it was because the people had corrupted the world internally. Noach was...

   
 

Helping a Non-Believer

The posuk in Vayikra, Perek Yud Tes, posuk yud daled says that one may not place a stumbling block in front of an “iveir,” a&n...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Exactly!

This coming Sunday, 28 Tishrei, is the yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, z"l. This week's shtikle is dedicated leiluy nishmaso, Daniel Moshe ...

   
 

Listen: Five Minutes with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Parshas Bereishis

Baltimore, MD - Oct. 5, 2018  - Five Minutes with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger -- Parshas Bereishis To listen click here...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Hashem Rests on the Seventh Day

Bereishis contains many firsts.  For that matter it really contains all firsts.  Central however to all the firsts is the existence of Shabbos.  ...

   
 

Parshas Breishis - Light in the Clouds

The very first mention of ‘Man’ in the Torah is when it describes how G-d did not yet send the necessary rain to generate the growth of plant life since the...

   
 

Who Drinks The Kiddush Wine In Shul?

Drinking in shul Why is the Kiddush wine in shul given to a child?  If an adult is not permitted to drink before he has personally fulfilled Kiddush, can ...

   
 

Loshon Hora That Is Not About Jewish People

This article is adapted from my upcoming sefer,“Shmiras Haloshon in Today’s World”. All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framewo...

   
 

Quickly or Personally?

The Gemara in Kiddushin, daf mem alef, amud alef says there is a mitzvah to be mekadesh a woman in person rather than vi...

   
 

Shemini Atzeres - Supreme Court Justice

The hoshanos ritual which is performed daily on Sukkos ends with a passage from Shelomoh HaMelech's prayer upon the completion of the beis hamikdash: (Mela...

   
 

Parshas V'Zos HaBracha - Moshe Rabbeinu's Guide To Parenting/Teaching

Vezos Habracha, the final parsha of the Torah, consists of Moshe Rabbeinu's blessing of each individual tribe in our nation. One may wonder why he specific...

   
 

Succos/Simchas Torah "Remember To Look Ahead"

The YomTov of Succos represents multiple ideas within the Torah and the Mepharshim.     The Torah tells us that the Chag recalls how we lived in ...

   
 

Simchat Torah 5779 - The Knock Upon the Door

How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss Siyum, the Hebrew word for “termination” means so much more than that.  It is a celebration observed when ...

   
 

Succos 5779 - Seeing Eye to Eye

Have you ever wondered where the expression ‘to see eye to eye’ stems from? We are about to celebrate Sukkos by sitting in a Sukkah which is to reminiscent...

   
 

Sukkos 5779 - Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Unfortunately, the forecast is indicating a very wet beginning to Sukkos in this part of the world, making the following shtikle most apropos: As we make the m...

   
 

Succos 5779 - Welcome Ushpizin

[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...

   
 

Rebellion Against King

In Sefer Yehoshua, Perek Alef, posuk yud ches, the posuk teaches us that anyone who will not listen to Yehoshua and rebel against ...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azenu -Why Jews Sing So Much

Parshas Ha’azinu is described in the Torah as a “Shira” - “Song”, and is known as “Shira’as Ha’azinu” (31:19, 32:44). Why did Hashem ordain th...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azenu -Teshuva, Within Our Grasp

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 HaAzinu and V’Zos Habracha - Praise and Inviting Hashem In

Note: It is not a double parsha this week, we are just publishing early due to the busy nature of this time of the year 1) Praising Hashem “HaAzinu Hashamay...

   
 

Parshas Ha'azenu - Birchas HaTorah

In Devarim, Perek Lamed Bais, posuk gimmel, the posuk teaches us that when we call out Hashem’s name we must bring greatness to ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer's Succos Shiurim (6 Audios)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2018 - The Torah of SuccosSuccos is a special holiday of simcha, as it is the completion of the cycle of the shalosh regalim and the Y...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rediscovering Yom Kippur - The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 18, 2018 - Rediscovering Yom Kippur - The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy To listen click here...

   
 

Yonah and Yom Kippur

Every Yom Kippur for the haftarah at minchah, we read sefer Yonah. As is the case with any haftarah, there are specific reasons why this haftarah is chosen. The...

   
 

Yom Kippur 5779 - Vision of Greatness

On Yom Kippur we magically transform into angels. We recite aloud that expression that is otherwise the exclusive domain of angels, ‘Blessed is the Name of Hi...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech-Shuva - I Can't Come With You

At the beginning of parshas Vayeilech, Moshe proclaims to the people (31:2) "I am 120 years old on this day. I can no longer go out and come in, and H...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz on Pas Yisroel During The Aseres Yemei Teshuva (Video)

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Parshas Vayeilech-Shuva - Teshuva

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 Vayeilech/Shabbos Shuva - Even During Our Darkest Hours

In this week’s Parshah, Hashem informs us that during exile we will ultimately sin and serve idols. As punishment, Hashem promises that “I will conceal My f...

   
 

Women Writing A Sefer Torah

We learn from the posuk in Devarim, Perek Lamed Aleph, posuk yud tes that one has a requirement to write a Sefer Torah. The posuk tells...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech/Shabbos Shuva - How We Teach. How We Learn

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.              &n...