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The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Mishpatim: Freedom Can Be Lost in a Generation (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 22, 2022 - The import of freedom is showcased through Yetzias Mitzrayim-- the formative event in Klal Yisroel’s development. Freedo...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: The Sneeze that Never Was (Video)

Haaatchu! One of the hardest things about writing is trying to do what I just did, that is, to write out the sound of a human sneeze. But G-d bless me for going...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives:Yisro - Lowering and Lifting

“It came about on the next day that Moses sat down to judge the people, and the people stood before Moses from the morning until the evening. When Moses’ fa...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - The Greatness of Listening

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 - B’Karov Mamesh!

At Mount Sinai the Torah describes how, Moshe brought forth the people from the camp toward G-d. Rashi says Hashem and the nation went out towards each other li...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Super Seder Campaign (Yisro) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 20, 2022 - There was a recent poll going around asking the following question: What pictures of your child do you love the best? In this po...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Yisro 5782/2021

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

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Yisro: Is Torah Divine Legislation or Divine Love? (Audio)

Baltimore,MD - Jan 18, 2022 - Ahava and Yira-- Love and Awe, these two midos are both elemental to Yiddishkeit. Yet, at times they can seem contradictory or&nbs...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - What Makes Our Laws "Jewish"?

Rules are everywhere.  In every society, culture, family and group.  What is the difference between baseball and football?  Rules.  From t...

   
 

Parshat Yitro - More Than An Option

Yitro and Matan Torah Yitro is memorialized in this parsha in appreciation of both his recognition of truth and his sage advice to the Jewish people. Many hear...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beshalach / What's Your Song?

There's almost always a song that's playing in our heads. "Shabbat Shira," as this past Shabbat has been designated, draws attention to the songs that...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beshalach / Shabbat

In this week's Torah portion we receive one of the greatest gifts in human history: Shabbat. What's the secret of Shabbat that makes it such a preciou...

   
 

Curious Kiddush Shaylos

The Torah commands us to declare the sanctity of Shabbos, a mitzvah we fulfill when we recite Kiddush before beginning the meal. Notwithstanding that this mitzv...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Yehoshua's Destiny

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Parshas B'Shalach - Number One Fan

I was thinking of the following question: Who is the number one fan? Is it the spectator in the stadium who is yelling the loudest? Or maybe it’s the spectato...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beshalach / Are we ready for redemption?

Are we eagerly looking forward to tomorrow, anticipating the redemption and the universal kindness it will bring, or are we solely preoccupied with worst case f...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Respond to the Call

As I am privileged this week to walk, together with my wife, my son Mutti down to his chuppah, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my persona...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - A Scientific Study: People Believe What They Want To

There is a common mentality out there, that all of the open miracles that Hashem performed in Mitzrayim to prove His existence, are very impressive. However, th...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - To Carefully Use Every Word

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. ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beshalach / Isolated, Yet Together

"Shalom Sivan, here's a picture of grandma Shulamit Toledano, together with her grandsons, Neriya and Uri Tzadok. Two months ago grandma Shula became a wid...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Number One Fan (B'shalach) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 12, 2022 - What is a true fan? Can there be more than one "number one fan"? How were all the Jews able to say "This is MY G-D", isn't ...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Az Yashir; Song Touches the Eternal

If words are the pen of the heart, then song is the pen of the soul     Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi Az Yashir. In his article, “Words...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Not a Time for Tefilla

After having left Mitzrayim triumphant and full of joy, the Jews find themselves hemmed in at Yam Suf, terrified of the approaching Egyptians. The pesukim recor...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Leadership!

These are times in which our political leadership is criticized by many on a regular basis. This evening - the 10th of Shevat - presents an opportunity to be re...

   
 

To Lead in Need The Parsha in Chesed – B’shalach

The newly formed Jewish nation was literally stuck between a rock and a hard (to navigate) place. The sea loomed before them while the Egyptian army was approac...

   
 

Today, Tuesday of Parshas B'Shalach, a Segulah for Parnasa to Recite Parshas Hamon

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 11, 2022- Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach, is a special day. Seforim tell us that it is extremely prudent to utilize this day to pray for parn...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Outsourcing Kindness

As the nation hastily quits Egypt, Moshe has other concerns on his plate. On this epic day of freedom Moshe is preoccupied with the bones of an ancient "grandfa...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Beshalach: Reframing Demons of the Past (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 9, 2022 - “And it was when Pharaoh sent out the people.” This remarkable pasuk recasts the tyrant, Pharaoh himself, to a role in the li...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Tactile Sense

You just stubbed your toe. The word “OUCH” doesn’t really do justice. Naturally, you bite your lip, admittedly a tad too hard, so now your lip and your to...

   
 

Are You Asking A Question Or Are You Asking An Answer?

Towards the end of this week’s parshah, we find the pasukim that are the referenced each year on Pesach at the Seder: Regarding the Chacham (Wise Son), whose ...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Captive Audience

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Going Without Knowing

Moshe and Paroh negotiate over the details of Yetzias Mitzrayim throughout the Parshiyos of Va’era and Bo.  Little by little, Paroh shows a willingnes...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Bo - Courageous Independence

The wheels of redemption were turning. God tells Moshe to prepare the Jewish people for imminent freedom.Please, speak into the ears of the people, and let them...

   
 

Parshas Bo - For Crying Out Loud!

We live in a world that is screaming like never before. It seems like everybody is angry, frustrated, protesting, shouting, and oftentimes resorting to violence...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Baba Sali

Today, 38 years ago, the Baba Sali, Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, passed away. Rabbi Zevik Harel wrote about him and how he turned personal anguish into sensitivit...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Do I Look Like a Carrot? (Bo) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 6, 2022 - Strange title, I know. Aren't you curious what it's all about? Tune in to this week's Torah Sparks podcast to hear...

   
 

Und Vos Zogt Gott? The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Bo

ויאמר  – “and He said”, is one of the most frequently occurring words in all of the Torah. During the narrative of the bondage and exodus of...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Every Crown Has It's Shine

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...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / In Their Memory

38-year-old Lt.-Col Erez Sachaini and 27-year-old Major Hen Fogel were brought to rest yesterday evening after being killed in a helicopter crash on Monday nigh...

   
 

It’s Always Darkest Just Before The Dawn; Rosh Chodesh And Parashat Bo

One might expect the observance of Rosh Chodesh, the New Month, to take place when the moon is full; when its luminance is most pronounced.  But Rosh Chode...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Bo 5782/2021

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

   
 

Picnic Pesach, Shehecheayanu on Shechita

In Shmos 12:46 the Torah tells us that the Pesach should be eaten in one house. Regarding Pesach we can kler two questions. The first question is; did the peopl...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Wanted: Flexibility

I spoke yesterday afternoon by zoom with staff of a school and learned that half of their teachers and students had tested positive for the coronavirus. Try to ...

   
 

Can we Identify the True Eizov?

Question #1: Hyssop Is eizov hyssop? Question #2: Multi-use Eizov May an eizov be used more than once? Background Parshas Bo includes the first reference i...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Our Story

Once a superpower capable of supporting the entire planet, Egypt has been reduced to rubble, under the crushing weight of ten supernatural disasters. Moshe’s ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bo / On Self-protection And Redemption

I am still trying to digest the number of participants and its significance. More that 12,000 girls and mothers registered during the last three days for a spec...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Va'eira / What's The Difference Between The Righteous And The Wicked?

While we make positive resolutions all the time, we do not necessarily succeed in implementing them. We regret a certain behavior but fail to stop exhibiting it...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Bo - Hardening Pharaoh's Heart- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Bo, Hashem tells Moshe that He hardened Pharaoh's heart. The Seforno explains that Hashem...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Bo: The Grand Comedy of the Makos (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 1, 2022 - ‘’So that you will tell your children how I mocked Mitzrayim.’’Mockery and ridicule of one’s opponents is not a concept...

   
 

Parshas Vaera: Every Step of the Way

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Parshas Vaeira - Yogurt Explosions

I am wondering if you can relate. Every morning, when I open up my yogurt for breakfast, I find myself doing one of two things. Either I find myself wiping the ...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - There are No Atheists in a Foxhole

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...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Moshe Rabbeinu Was Only Human, Just Like You And Me

Something strange happens in this week's Torah portion. At the height of tension, a moment before Moshe and Aharon set off on their mission to speak to Pha...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Is Hashem Really Listening?

In last week’s parshah, the Torah attests that Klal Yisroel’s heartfelt tefillah to Hashem was accepted (2:23-25) - Hashem decided to save Klal Yisroel &...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Grin and Bear It

On every Shabbos and Yom Tov, we link our observance, זכר ליציאת מצרים, as a memorial to the Exodus from Egypt. The Exodus from Egypt and all its...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vaera - I Will Be Wh I Choose To Be

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader (John Quincy Adams).” Moshe and Aharon have emerged as...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Cup O Salvation (Va'eira) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 30, 2021 - In this week's Torah Sparks episode, we talk about how long people spend consuming coffee, how we can focus more on the&nbs...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Daffodils Among The Ashes

I received this beautiful picture from Abigail Kadosh, who lives in moshav Beit Meir, together with the following words:"As you surely know, there was a major f...

   
 

Travel Update: Israel Once Again Sending All Foreigners to Quarantine Hotels

Chaim V’Chessed ALERT: Rules for passengers arriving in Israel have literally been changing daily. Today, authorities have decided to send ALL FOREIGNERS arr...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - The Parsha in Chesed – Va’era: The Hippopotamus in the Room

During the 1970’s, Western Africa was hit with severe drought and famine. One of the hardest hit countries was Gambia, a tiny coastal country dominated by t...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / What Is Humility Anyway?

It they would ask us for the essential quality of a leader, someone who would be followed by millions and start a true revolution in the world order, humility w...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Doubling Down - When We Are Obviously Wrong...We Lean Into Our Wrongness!

…all the livestock of Egypt died, and of the livestock of the Children of Israel not one died. -Shemot 9:6 Certainly, this fifth plague, dever, which brough...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vaeira 5782/2021

Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - It's Hashems World

With a jam packed Parsha, sometimes it’s easy to overlook some seemingly strange narrative.  Take this one exchange between Moshe and Pahroh.  ...

   
 

Leshonos of Geulah

In Shmos6:6,7 the passuk tells us that Hashem said tell Bnei Yisroel that Vehotzeisi, Vehitzalti, Vegalti and Velakachti. The Midrash 6:4 says that there are fo...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Va'eira / Are We Missing Out On Life's Greatest Opportunities?

How many of life's greatest opportunities have we missed out on because we were too busy? Did the news of an amazing opportunity come directly our way, but...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - Short Breath and Shuttered Imagination

Moshe's first attempt to liberate the Jews didn’t fare well. He was mocked by Pharo and scorned by his own people, shocked by their increased workload. R...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Shemot / The Power Of Positive Speech

So how do people go free? How are they motivated to change?Moshe Rabbeinu would have been justified to castigate the people since they had degenerated spiritual...