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Parshas B'Shalach - The Music of the Spheres; Shira & Meaning

 The hills are alive With the sound of music With songs they have sung For a thousand years The hills fill my heart With the sound of music My heart wan...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 16, 2019 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Beshalach, the Jews turn back toward Mitzrayim, and the Egyptians come to chase after t...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 16, 2019 - 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 in or...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 15, 2019 - Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach, is a special day. Seforim tell us that it is extremely prudent to utilize this day to pray for par...

   
 

Parshas Bo - It's Nice to Be Expelled

I recently had an observation regarding the current political battle raging in the United States and how it relates to events in these parshios. Without getting...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Freedom Food

Parshas Bo has four distinct sections. The beginning of the parsha is the description of the final makkos building up to makkas bechoros. The Ramb...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Mountain Climbing

This week’s Parshah discusses the very first mitzvah given to the Jewish nation: Kiddush HaChodesh, the Sanctification of the New Month (12:2). This mitzvah e...

   
 

Parshas Bo -Take a Break

From the inception of Moshe’s mission to extract the Children of Israel from the clutches of Pharaoh the king of Egypt, it seems that all he ever requested wa...

   
 

Parshas Bo - The Torah’s Precision With Words

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...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 7, 2019 - In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Bo, Hashem tells Moshe that He hardened Pharaoh's heart. The Se...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Exact Repayment, Moshe’s Difficulties, Tefillin

1) Pesach Application Welcome to the Vilna Gaon on parshas Bo, and as I always say this time of year: In these parshios there’s beautiful divrei Torah that i...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Time & Meaning; Each Second, Each Moment

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.               &n...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 7, 2019 - 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 in...

   
 

Shehecheyanu for Korban Pesach

In Shemos, Perek Yud Bais the Torah tells us that we have a mitzvah to bring a Korban Pesach on Erev Pesa...

   
 

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...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - A Thought on Va'eira - True Fear of Heaven (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 4, 2019 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - A Thought on Va'eira - True Fear of Heaven Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Don't Ignore the Message

This week’s parsha is dedicated to seven of the ten makkos. These makkos, and the back-and-forth between Moshe and Pharaoh contain countless fundamental princ...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - Blood Money

The onslaught begins. The Almighty unleashes a series of ten plagues that will reveal to a world that has descended to darkness, the truth of His mastery of the...

   
 

Parshas VaEira - An Optical Illusion

[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 VaEira - Even Paaroh Knew to Daven

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 - Frog Lessons, Encouragement, Fire, Wind and Water

1) Chananya, Misha’el and Azaria’s Frog Lesson The second plauge (7:28) was that of Frogs. The pasuk says, “V’sharetz haye’or tzfardi’im,”  ...

   
 

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...

   
 

Kiddush Hashem

In Shemos, Perek Zayin the Torah tells us about the frogs that attacked Mitzrayim. The frogs went everywhere; they even entered the ove...

   
 

Of Frogs and Sanctification

Most people find it fascinating to discover that the great tzadikim, Chananyah, Mishael and Azaryah, learned from the frogs in this week’s parsha that there i...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Beats Me

After the episode when Moshe eliminates the Egyptian who was beating up on an Israelite, he observes two men fighting and attempts to break up the fight. One of...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Lessons From the First Jews in 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...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - When Things Look Bleak...

[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 Shemos - Early Exit and Birth Lessons

 1) Early Exit Avraham was foretold at the bris bein habesarim that his descendents were going to be in ‘eretz lo lahem, exile’ for 410 years. Rashi b...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - The Bigger Picture

One of the greatest heroic acts in the annals of our history was the courageous efforts of Yocheved and Miriam, otherwise known as Shifrah and Puah, who during ...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 26, 2018 - In the second aliyah (portion) of Parshas Shemos, there are two parts that are critical to the process of Ye...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Derech Eretz Kadma L'Torah - To Be a Mensch

When I was growing up, a friend whose parents were not home when school let out often came to my home after school.  We enjoyed our afternoons together; we...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Shemos - Bitachon: A Self Fulfilling Reality (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 25, 2018 - When Hashem took us out of Mitzrayim, He took us out with no agent or messenger. When a person puts his complete faith and trust...

   
 

Egypt and York: Are We Forbidden to Live There?

Question #1: The Rambam How could the Rambam live in Egypt when the Torah forbids it? Question #2: Cairo Can you change planes in Cairo? Question #3: York o...

   
 

Scream!

I normally do not write political columns. In light of current events; both in the parsha and in our community, we will discuss this sensitive topic. ...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - L'zacher Nishmas Rabbi Joseph Schechter of Ner Yisrael Whose 11th Yahrzeit was Observed 12 Teves

Yesterday, 12 Teves, was the 11th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Joseph Schechter of Ner Yisrael. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Yoseif ben El...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Disappointment is a Dirty Word

When Yosef is told that his father is ill, he grabs his two sons and rushes to his father’s bedside. At that juncture Yaakov assures Yosef that these two...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - In a Single Moment

Parshas Vayechi represents the culmination of creation, the end of Sefer Breishis.  The world and its teva are in place, Avraham Avienu forms his Bris with...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Why Today’s Mitzvos Are Priceless

In this week's parshah, Yaakov gives Ephraim and Menashe the following blessing: all future generations will bless their sons that they should be just like...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - May G-D Make You Like Ephraim And Menashe Left Is Right. Right Is Left.

Each Shabbat, we bless our sons with the names of Yaakov’s grandsons, may you be like these two, like Ephraim and Menashe.  But what, we may ask, makes t...

   
 

When May I Remove a Tree? II

The Midrash teaches that Yaakov brought with him to Egypt the shittim trees that would be planted so that the Bnei Yisroel would later be able to leave Egypt wi...

   
 

The Many Facets Of Asarah B'Teves (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 / Zmanim)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 17, 2018 - Fast of Asara B’Teves: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2017: Fast Begins 5:55 AM - Fast Ends 5:31 PM Although to many the only notable aspe...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayechi - Yosef, Yaakov, and Rachel- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 17, 2018 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayechi, Yaakov asks Yosef to bury him in Eretz Canaan. Although Yosef's...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - That's Just Grand

5 Teves, was the yahrtzeit  of my wife's grandfather, Rabbi Dr Israel Frankel, a"h. This week's shtikle, a most appropriate one, is dedicated le&...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Achdus Above All Else

After revealing his true identity, Yoseph and his brothers, once getting over the initial shock, are able to share a brief reunion.  Yoseph reassures them ...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Motivation

When Yosef finally revealed his true identity to his brothers, they were utterly speechless. Regarding their silence, the Midrash comments "woe to us on the day...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - Letting Go

Yosef HaTzaddik had a difficult childhood, to put it mildly. His own brothers plotted to kill him, and then decided to sell him into captivity instead. He then ...

   
 

Parshas Vayigash - I Want to be Alone!

Throughout the entire tense-filled episode, from the summoning of Binyonim down to Egypt; the discovery of the stolen goblet in his sack; and Yosef demanding Bi...

   
 

Parshas Vayegash - Through the Eyes of a Child

Children exist in an Edentime of innocence, blissfully ignorant of the hardships their parents encounter or the many sacrifices they make or to the many things ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayigash - The Meetings of Kings- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 11, 2018 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayigash, Yehuda steps forth to speak with Yosef. This is a meeting of the two mai...

   
 

You be the Judge

In Bereishis, Perek Mem Vov, posuk chof vov, the posuk tells us that Yaakov sent Yehuda ahead to build a yeshiva&nb...

   
 

Watch: The Yom Hashishi Series Parshas Mikeitz Featuring Rabbi Moshe Weinberger (Video)

Parashas Mikeitz: Rabbi Moshe Weinberger from Agudath Israel on Vimeo. ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Chanukah The Festival of Radiance (Hod) (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 7, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Chanukah The Festival of Radiance (Hod) (Audio) To listen, click here...

   
 

The Truth Hurts!

The chief wine steward observing how Pharaoh is plagued by disturbing dreams suddenly recalls how merely two years prior, while wallowing in prison for an offen...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz - A Bitter Pill To Swallow

This weeks Parsha gives us a deep insight into the human condition.  As the famine intensified throughout the land, Yaakov sent his sons down to Mitzrayim ...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz / Chanukah - Significance of Words: Chanukah

1) The Mesorah Notes Number of Words and Not Pesukim We’re going to try to throw in a Chanukah d’var Torah as well because Mikeitz often overlaps with Chan...

   
 

Parshas Mikeitz - In the Blink of an Eye

When G-d answers prayer...move quickly Two years earlier, Yosef had asked the butler to, “…remember him to Pharaoh…” For that one-time lapse, when he ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Mikeitz - Machlokes and the Ambiguity of Dreams- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Dec. 4, 2018 - The dreams that we learn about in the first aliyah of Parshas Mikeitz are the last in the series of 3 dreams ...

   
 

What is First On Chanukah

The Gemara in Yuma, daf lamed gimmel, amud bais discusses the topic of “Ein Mavirin al Hamitzvos.” Rashi explains that on...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Discovery

When the brothers come to tell Yaakov that a tragedy has befallen Yosef, they present the bloody coat to him and Yehuda asks (37:32) "Haker na...", do you recog...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yaacov Haber For 4 Minutes In Ushering In Shabbos With His Insight To Parshas Va'Yeshev (Video)

Join Rabbi Yaacov Haber for 4 minutes in ushering in Shabbos with his insight to Parshas Va'yeshev....

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Inconsolable

Yaakov is shown the mangled and bloodied tunic of Yosef, and expresses shock. He rents his own garment, placing sackcloth upon his loins and grieves bitterly. A...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - We Have Many Kochos at our Disposal

At the end of Parshas Vayeishev, Yoseph is languishing in jail when a ray of hope seems to come his way.  Yoseph has proven to be an effective, even prophe...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Chanukah - Building for the Future (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Niov. 28, 2018 - On Chanukah, we celebrate with parties, although there is no mitzvah obligation to do so. The source for the feasts c...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - A Mile in His Shoes

How beautiful are thy feet in sandals… (Shir Hashirim 7:2)  We are all blessed with gifts bequeathed to us by those who walked before us.  For som...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Strength for Challenges; Hashem’s Rulership

1) No Peaceful Talk The brothers saw that their father loved Yosef from all the other brothers. “Vayisnu oso.”  They hated him.  “V’lo yachlu...

   
 

Bad is Good

In Breishis, Perek Lamed Zayin, posuk alef Yaakov wanted to finally settle down and not have any more worries. Before long he was presented with ...

   
 

The Chanukah Miracle

Question #1: How did the Seleucid Greeks defile the oils? Question #2: How was the oil in the flask protected from tumah? Question #3: How did the Chashmona...

   
 

Vayishlach - There's No Stopping Me Now!

When Yaakov sends the angels to Eisav, he commands them to tell him, (32:5) "im Lavan garti", I have lived with Lavan. Rashi adds that garti has the same gematr...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Bringing it Home

We are taught that the entire episode of the confrontation between Yaakov and Esav, as Yaakov travels homeward from Charan, encapsulates many vital lessons in h...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Rabbi Yisroel Gelber: Sweeter Than Honey

 קח נא את ברכתי אשר הבאת לך כי חנני אלקים וכי יש לי כל ויפצר בו ויקח  "Now take my gift, which has ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayishlach - Yaakov's Confrontation- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 20, 2018 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayishlach, Yaakov prepares for his encounter with Eisav. Yaakov is very scared fo...

   
 

Miracles

In Breishis, Perek Lamed Bais, posuk yud alef Yaakov said,“Kotonti - I was not deserving of all the kindness of Hashem.” The Gemara in Meseches Ta...

   
 

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...