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Parshas Chukas/Balak - Chukas: Anger - Does It Ever Serve a Purpose?

This weeks Parsha relates one of the most difficult stories which took place in the Midbar.  With Bnei Yisroel complaining about the lack of water after th...

   
 

Parshas Chukas/Balak: Balak "Nes or Tevah?"

In Parshas Balak, the Torah describes for us in graphic detail, one of the most colorful stories in the Chamishei Chumshei Torah, that of Bilham and his donkey ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas/Balak: The Bigger Picture

The Children of Israel find themselves, after thirty-eight years in the desert, poised to enter the land. Miriam dies and the well that provided them water in h...

   
 

Parshas Chukas/Balak: Accepting Challenges

[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...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Chukas/Balak

Baltimore, MD – July 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Chukas/Balak: How Goodly Are Your Tents; Curses Transformed

Ma tovu ohaleicha Yaakov, mishkenotecha Yisrael.  With poetic symmetry, we speak these words as we begin our prayer every morning.  As we do, we rarel...

   
 

Parshas Chukas/Balak: The Morality of Nations

As Bnei Yisroel continue through the midbar on their way to Eretz Yisroel, we are shown in vivid clarity, the face of evil.  Moshe requests permission from...

   
 

Para Adumah, Democracy and Worshipping Human Constitutions

There are very few commandments as evocative as parah adumah- the ceremony of the red hefer. This sacrifice is processed and burnt outside the Mikdash, while it...

   
 

Order for Sheva Brachos

There is a machlokes Rishonim when the bracha of Borei Pri Hagafen is recited at Sheva Brachos. Do we say it as the firs...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Chukas - Kibbud Av & Parah Adumah- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 28, 2020 - Parah Adumah is the quintessential chok, a law which is impossible for us to understand. It is atonement for the chet ha'eg...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Korach

Baltimore, MD – June 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Korach - Understanding the Other

“They assembled against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘You take too much upon yourselves, for the entire congregation are all holy, and the Lord is in ...

   
 

Challenge Your Table - The Shabbos Trivia Game for the Entire Family: Korach

Baltimore, MD – June 2020 - Today, so many parsha publications are available for the adult reader. Not as much has been created to cater the needs o...

   
 

Parshas Korach- A Song and a Prayer

With the return to our beloved Shuls this last week, we are sensing a return to a modicum of normalcy after these long past few months. To see each other’s fa...

   
 

Parhas Korach - Pychology 101 in the Torah

In Moshe Rabeinu’s handling of the conflict with Korach, we see many of his greatest talents on display.  Many of the P’sukim cry out for explanation a...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Beware of Turning the Dial (Video)

Baltimore, MD - June 24, 2020 - The sin of the spies is a complete enigma. How could people who experienced such an amazing array of miracles question Hashem�...

   
 

Tonight @ 6PM: Watch Maasei Oreg, a Video Presentation on the Shabbos Melachos of Sewing and Weaving (Video)

The Daf Yomi Commission of Agudas Yisroel is delighted to present a timely and fascinating video titled "Masei Oreg" highlighting the melachos of Shabbos dealin...

   
 

Parashat Korach - Stiff-Necked; The Soul of Man

In the heart of winter an almond tree sprouted blossoms and all the trees around jeered, “What vanity!  What insolence!”  Imagine, it believes it ...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Taragin - Fallen Monuments and Modern Hubris

During the recent protests society has begun to face important dilemmas regarding monuments which commemorate national heroes whose lifestyles were discrepant w...

   
 

Erasing on Shabbos

Question: Erasing off my hand On Friday, I wrote a short reminder on my hand. May I rub it off on Shabbos? Introduction: In a previous article, we analyzed t...

   
 

Why Not Daven For Korach

The posuk in Bamidbar 17:31 says, “As soon as Moshe finished talking to them, the ground opened up and swallowed them.” T...

   
 

Challenge Your Table - The Shabbos Trivia Game for the Entire Family: Shelach

Baltimore, MD - June 2020 - Today , so many parsha publications are available for the adult reader. Not as much has been created to cater the needs of our young...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Shelach - Small Steps, Long Journey

What began as a simple reconnaissance mission descended into a slander campaign against the Land of Israel, Moshe and ultimately, God Himself. The Meraglim...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Inertia and How It's Not Serving Our Children

This is a reprint of what I wrote last year.  It was very well received.  It is my hope that with the wider audience we have garnered, some more tract...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Hysteric or Historic

The imagery we have in our mind, from yet a young age, of the sin of the Meraglim, is that of eight spies carrying a huge אשכול, cluster of grapes. There w...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: How Do You Know Whom You Can Trust? (Video)

Baltimore, MD - June 17, 2020 - Dovid HaMelech (King David) teaches us that one should not put his trust in people, even those who are influential and powerful ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - "Fake News" Propoganda by any other Name...

I have faith in the people.  They will not consent to disunion.  Let them know the truth, and the country is safe.      &nbs...

   
 

Jailed on Shabbos

The posuk in Bamidbar 15:32,33 says, “While Bnei Yisroel were in the midbar they found a person gathering wood o...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Shelach - Relying on Hashem- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 14, 2020 - The sin of the meraglim is rooted in asking to send spies, not the lashon hara that they said about Eretz Yi...

   
 

Parshas Beha'alosecha - All In This Together

The Torah recounts that as B'nei Yisrael brought what would be their only Korban Pesach during their sojourn in the desert, there were individuals who were...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives

“If someone in his presence dies unexpectedly or suddenly, and causes the nazirite head to become defiled, he shall shave off [the hair of] his head on the da...

   
 

Rabbi Mordechai Frankel: Behaalosecha 5780

The mishkan was erected on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, almost a year after yetzias mitzrayim.  Two weeks later, on the 14th of Nissan, the Bnai Yisroel sacrificed...

   
 

Challenge Your Table - The Shabbos Trivia Game for the Entire Family: Behaalosecha

Baltimore, MD - June 2020 - Today, so many parsha publications are available for the adult reader. Not as much has been created to cater the needs of our younge...

   
 

Parshas Behaaloscha - The Great Book of Answers

Thirty years ago, as I walked the streets of Yerushalayim as a young yeshiva student, there were, as there often are, protests about the issues of the day. ...

   
 

Parshas Behaaloscha - Born to Be Free

Miriam and Aharon spoke against Moshe regarding the Cushite woman he had married. The Torah does not report though what it is exactly they took him to task for...

   
 

Parshat BeHaalotecha - Is the Lantern Lit? To Teach in the Age of Coronavirus

There was once a flag boy in Russia whose job was to wave a lantern and direct the trains. One night a mistake occurred which resulted in a derailment. The flag...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Behalosecha

Baltimore, MD – June 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Grasping the Reality Beyond your Thoughts (Video)

Baltimore, MD - June 10, 2020 - The world's current predicament is truly alarming. We can't imagine how Hashem will deliver us from the mess that man ...

   
 

Weighty Waiting Options

We often find that the Torah’s description of even simple actions of our great forefathers impart to us a treasure trove of hanhaga, hashkafa, and e...

   
 

Parshas Behaalotcha - A Long Hot Summer

The Table is set and history beckons! The Jews are primed to enter the land of Israel, construct a Temple, and usher in utopia for themselves and for all mankin...

   
 

Simcha on Shabbos

The posuk in Bamidbar 10:10 says, “On the day of happiness, they should blow the trumpets in the Mishkan.” The Sifri...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Taragin: A Religious Response to Protests for Social Equality

Over the past three months, the corona medical crisis has induced a worldwide upheaval. The social protests in the USA surrounding the death of George Floyd has...

   
 

Challenge Your Table - The Shabbos Trivia Game for the Entire Family: Naso

Baltimore, MD - June 2020 - Today , so many parsha publications are available for the adult reader. Not as much has been created to cater the needs of our young...

   
 

Parshas Naso: The Warmth of His Smile

Imagine if you would be privileged to gain an audience with the Gadol HaDor to receive his personal blessing. Now imagine if you would be offered an opportunit...

   
 

Parshat Naso - Spiritual Specialization

At 176 pesukim, Parshat Naso “tops the charts” as the longest parsha in the entire Torah. Its heft is a product of the protracted final section of Naso whic...

   
 

Parshas Naso: Sometimes More May Be Less

The beginning of Sefer Bamidbar is truly a magical time.  Klal Yisroel has received the Torah.  They have been given instructions for and built the Mi...

   
 

Quarantine Exit It's Always Good to Listen

During the nine days, one of the Haftoros which we read is in Yirmiya.  The Haftorah discusses how Hashem will forgive our misdeeds and explains one of the...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Peering Behind the Veil of Despair (Video)

Baltimore, MD - June 3, 2020 - On the one hand, bitachon teaches us to accept that whatever Hashem does is good. So why would a change ever be necessary? Yet, i...

   
 

Parshas Naso - It's Not Our Fault; "Leadership" in the Time of Covid

Politico reports that Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio deflected blame when it became clear that they had stalled when action had been called for in battling ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Nasso

Baltimore, MD – June 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Why Birchas Kohanim?

The posuk in Bamidbar 6:23 says that Hashem commanded Aharon and his sons to bless the Yidden. The Sefer Metza...

   
 

Rabbi Mordechai Frankel: Shavuos 5780

When the Torah tells us about the Yom Tov of Pesach, it states   שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֹּאכַל מַצּוֹת וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁ...

   
 

Baltimore: Shavuos Backyard Minyanim - Halachos & Zmanim for Yom Tov

Baltimore, MD - May 27, 2020 - Baltimore: Shavuos Backyard Minyanim - Halachos  -  Reviewed by Rav Moshe Heinemann, שליט"א Written by Shalom Ary...

   
 

The "Torah" Year in Review - 2020

Torah is eternal, encapsulates the word of G-d and, therefore, exists beyond time and place. For this reason, Torah was delivered atop a lonely mountain in a ba...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber: Shavuos-Spirituality Transcends Geography

“They journeyed from Rephidim, and they arrived in the desert of Sinai, and they encamped in the desert, and Israel encamped there opposite the mountain.” (...

   
 

Shavuos 5780

[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...

   
 

Mishpacha Magazine: Sometimes Mashiach Is Not the Solution

The time and place to yearn for Mashiach is especially when we are at our magnificent best "Rebbi?” The voice on the other end of the line was a former talmi...

   
 

Shavuos/Shabbos: Essential Services

‘Need’ is a deviously simple word to translate. In the last few months, we have discovered that its translation is certainly not all that obvious. What is ...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Bitachon: The Secret of Kabbalos HaTorah (Video)

Baltimore, Md - May 27, 2020 - As we prepare for Shavuos, we know this year will be different. However, by focusing on the secret of Kabbalos HaTorah, we can up...

   
 

Sefiras Haomer - Not Just Passing Time

One can look in the Torah and find the exact dates on which Rosh Hashana (Vayikra 23:24), Yom Kippur (23:27), Succos (23:34), Shmini Atzeres (23:36) and Pesach ...

   
 

Shehecheyanu on Shavuos

The Taz in Orach Chaim 494 writes that we delay davening Maariv on Shavuos night so that the counting of the O...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - It Counts!

This week is parshas Bamidbor—it is the parsha always read before kabbolas haTorah. But let us first look at the parsha on its own. It is all about counting K...