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Parshas Devarim - Healthy Musar vs. Destructive Criticism

Sefer Devarim encapsulates many of the events which transpired earlier in Sefer’s Shemos, Vayikra and Bamidbar.  Parshas Devarim in particular chronicles...

   
 

Parshas Devarim Chazon / Tish'ah B'Av

In a shiur on the haggadah earlier this year I heard an interesting perspective on vehi she'amdah. Part of the retribution meted out upon those who seek to...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Blowing Our Cover

Moshe reviews how previously he was overwhelmed with his judicial duties and had requested men of stature, good character and wisdom to assist him in administer...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Devarim - Netziv on the Parsha (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 20, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Devarim - Netziv on the Parsha To listen, click here...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Relating to the Sin of The Spies

As the Jewish nation stood at the threshold of entering Eretz Yisroel, Moshe Rabbeinu took the opportunity to remind the Jewish nation of the sin of the Spies, ...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Moshe’s Lessons of Life and Leadership

1) Why Didn’t Moshe Review Toras Kohanim? Ramban opens with an introduction to each sefer. We will discuss some opening comments here. Devarim is called Mish...

   
 

Parshas Devarim - Let Us Approach with Care

So, Moshe went and returned to Jethro, his father in law, and said to him, “Let me now go back to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still aliv...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - The Three Weeks Parts I, II & III (3 Audios)

Baltimore, MD - July 17, 2018:Parshas Pinchas - Pinchas and the Broken Luchos- The Three Weeks Part 1: Hashem knew that in order for the Jewish people to surviv...

   
 

Netanyahu Uploads Clip Of Trump Saying Putin Is ‘Bibi Fan’

Jerusalem - Russian President Vladimir Putin is both a “believer in Israel” and a “fan of Bibi,” US President Donald Trump said Monday evening, using Pr...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Maasei - A Passing Phase - Le'iluy nishmas, Mrs. Michelle Jakobovits, Rochel Mirel bas Shmuel HaLevi

As if the Three Weeks and Nine Days were not sad enough, this week, my cousin, Mrs. Michelle Jakobovits, passed away here in Baltimore. This week's shtikle...

   
 

What to Know for the 9 Days

Baltimore, MD - July 13, 2018 - This 60-page document was prepared by Agudath Israel of Illinois – Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Maasei - Understand the Truth of Hashem

The parsha begins with the topic of nedarim and shevuos. There are various reasons why it is placed here. A shevuoh is a statement which mentions the Shem Hashe...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Netziv on the Parsha - Mattos Massei (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 13, 2018 - Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Netziv on the Parsha - Mattos Massei Click here to listen...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Massei - A Light Unto The Nations

In Parshas Balak, Balak and Bila’am decided to attack the Jewish nation. After their attempts to curse the Jewish nation failed, they convinced the nation of ...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Massei - Barking Up the Wrong Tree

The tribes of Gad and Reuven appeal to Moshe to receive their share of the ‘land’ in Transjordan. Surprisingly there is no resistance to the basic notion of...

   
 

Parshas Mattos - The Three Prongs

Parshas Mattos provides us with some valuable insights into the concepts of responsibility, Hakaras Hatov and the merits of being part of a Tzibbur.  After...

   
 

Masei and The Journey of Our Lives

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ernest Hemingway  Imagine yourself on a commuter train.&nb...

   
 

Parshas Pinechas - A Gentleman and a Scholar

In this week's parsha, Moshe asks of HaShem to find a suitable replacement to take over the leadership of B'nei Yisrael after he passes away. Moshe su...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - I Am My Brother's Keeper

When the B’nos Tzlafchad approach Moshe Rabbeinu, they are intent on pointing out that their father was not part of Korach’s rebellion.  Rather, they r...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - The Three Weeks: "Impending Disaster"

This week begins the three weeks between shivah asar b’Tammuz and Tisha b’Av. The haftoros of these three weeks are ones that prophecy impending disaster—...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - Where Do You Stand?

We read this week the details regarding the daily communal sacrifices that are to be brought in the Temple as well the additional sacrifices that are offered on...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - Balancing Our Midos

[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 Pinchas - True Strength

At the conclusion of last week’s parshah, Bila’am recommended to Balak a last resort to harm the Jewish nation: entice them to sin with the Midianite women ...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - Its Not Always What You Say...

There are many places in the Torah where we see the effect of different types of behavior.  Anger inevitably leads to mistakes, kindness can have positive ...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - The Present Rests Upon The Past, The Future, Upon The Present

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants… - Sir Isaac Newton “The daughters of Zelophehad, son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son o...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Pinchas - Identity of Feeling - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 2, 2018 - When Pinchas was sensitive to the tremendous chilul Hashem (desecration of G-d's name), it removed Hashem's a...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Fit for a King??

This past Thursday, 15 Tammuz, was the yahrzeit of my wife's grandmother, Mrs. Shirley Yeres, Chaya Sheindel bas Alexander HaLevi. The previous ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Who is Really Pro Choice

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 ...

   
 

Shaving And Haircuts During The Three Weeks

 Question #1: Bushy presenter “My company sent me out of town to meet a new client, and I forgot to have my hair cut before Shiva Asar BeTamuz. May I ha...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Taking Personal Blame [A Note of Thanks to HKBH]

A note from Rabbi Baruch Gross: I just want to take this opportunity to thank Hashem for the all the nissim that He does for us on a constant basis and especi...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Enjoy But Remember

Parshas Bolok is a confusing parsha. Bilaam is an enigma. Without Chazal, we would think Bilaam was some doddering magician who has some kind of pow...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Stop To Smell The Roses

When Bila’am was traveling on his donkey to curse the Jewish nation, Hashem sent His angel of mercy to stop him (22:22). Despite his donkey refusing to move a...

   
 

Parshas Balak - The Age of BilaamThe Power and (Ir)relevancy of Politics

I have always found this week's parsha very intriguing, as it is one of the only places in the Torah where we see politics at play in “real time.” The ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - The Right Man in the Right Place

Hashem initially refuses to allow Bilaam to accede to Balak’s request that he curse the Jewish nation. Despite Balak’s incessant promises to shower him with...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Freewill, Influence and Seeing a Star

1) Bilam Vs. God’s Will? Ramban (22:20) tackles a classical question. There are three pesukim, and they sort-of seem to contradict each other, and need to be...

   
 

Parshas Balak - The Age of Bilaam

From the beginning of time, half-truths, lies and falsehoods have been used effectively to soften, weaken and, ultimately, bring down nations.  Such a stra...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Balak - Choosing Your Own Path- Second Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2018 - In the second aliyah of Parshas Balak, Balak comes to Bilaam to ask him to curse the Jewish people. Hashem tells ...

   
 

Where Should I Pray

Certainly, both Bilaam’s desire to destroy the shullen of the Jews, and Pinchas’s praying that the plague end (see Tehillim 106:30), makes this a befitting ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Stay Connected

Today, 9 Teves, is the yahrtzeit of my sister-in-law, Batsheva Yeres. The shtikle is dedicated le’iluy nishmasah, Batsheva Blima, a”h ba...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Playing Doctor

Written for the benefit of Binyomin ben Elaine. May he have a complete recovery together with all the sick among us. Contrary to common understanding, the ‘R...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Anger-the Intolerable Mida

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 - The Need To Combat Evil

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...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Death Perspective, Sin of the Rock, Double Miracle

1) Atzas Hanachash vs. Neshikah Parshas Chukas opens by talking about death, tumas hameis. “Adam ki yamus ba’ohel” (Bamidbar 19:2). Ramban shares a fasci...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - History & Her Director

There is a basic principle when studying any discipline as follows. It is critical to know what are the factors that will affect the result. Without knowing the...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Blind to the Blessings

Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein, the revered mashgiach and Ba’al Mussar was once riding in a cab and the Israeli driver related the following story: “Rebbi, wh...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - June 19, 2018 - Parah Adumah is the quintessential chok, a law which is impossible for us to understand. It is atonement for the ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Korach 5778 - Selfless Leadership - 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 15, 2018 - Korach 5778 - Selfless Leadership - 2nd Aliyah To listen, click here...

   
 

Parshas Korach - To Speak or Not To Speak

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...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Who Says MY Prayers Are Powerful?

Our parsha begins with the tragic revolt led by Korach against Moshe and Aharon, in an attempt to question their claims of being Divinely-chosen and ultimately ...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Blind by Choice

Korach had an insatiable desire for the position of High Priest which was given to Aharon. Moshe, the one who appointed Aharon to this position, did so in the n...

   
 

Parshas Korach - The Entertainer

The entire nation is emotionally swept up by Korach and his cohorts ‘altruistic’ attempt to stand up for their honor, unifying them in rebellion against the...

   
 

Parshas Korach - Any Dispute For The Sake Of Heaven

Two couples, both new parents, enjoyed a rare evening out.  They naturally spoke about parenthood, with its many joys and challenges.  When one of the...

   
 

Listen To Rabbi Moshe Hauer- WIT Parsha - Korach - Korach & Moshe: The Arrogant Versus The Humble (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - June 12, 2018 -  Korach argued against Moshe Rabbeinu, saying that the entire community heard Hashem at Har Sinai, and Moshe should not be ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach -Delayed

Clearly, the most significant part of this week's parsha is the episode of the spies who were sent to Eretz Yisrael. As a result of their negative report, ...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Hishtadlus, Personal Agenda, Yehoshua’s Reward and Tzitzis

1) Moshe’s Approval of Mission? Ramban’s question (Bamidbar 12:2) is the classic question of all the Rishonim: How could Moshe the miraglim’s mission as,...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - For Our Children's Sake

After the negative report from the Miraglim, one of the less discussed quandaries was the vacuum in leadership left behind.  The entire generation would ha...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Salachti! Forgiven!

Once again the Jewish nation finds itself at the brink of extinction after their participation in the misguided counsel of the spies. Hashem is ready to do away...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - A Divine Track Record

The drama unfolded quickly. The Spies came back from their expedition and reported that our enemies within Eretz Yisrael were giants and much too powerful to ov...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - “Fake News” - Propaganda 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...

   
 

Parshas Shelach - Slow and Steady Wins the Race

[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...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - June 5, 2018 - The sin of the meraglim is rooted in asking to send spies, not the lashon hara that they said about Eretz Yis...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - United Nation?

This past Wednesday, 16 Sivan, was the yahrtzeit of R' Ephraim Eisenberg, zt"l of Ner Yisroel. The shtikle is dedicated l'ilu...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - What Will I Be Like In The Next World?

Over the course of their 40 years traveling through the desert, the Jewish nation complained to Moshe Rabbeinu on multiple occasions. Additionally, some partici...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - Where To?

In this week’s Parsha, Behaloscha, the Torah records the manner in which our people traveled through the desert until they finally arrived at the Land of Isra...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - Halachic Dupe-licity

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 B'Ha'alos'cha - The Good Old Days?

Nearly a year after the nation arrived at Sinai to receive the Torah they finally embark on their journey to the holy land. Facing the big unknown they begin to...

   
 

Parshat Beha'alotecha - Which Voice Is Your True Voice?

Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, ...

   
 

Parshas B'Ha'alos'cha - Ongoing Gift, Importance of Rebbe and Shalom

1) Aharon’s Ongoing Gift “Behaaloscha es haneiros” (Bamidbar 8:2). Ramban talks about why parshas Behaaloscha is put next to the parsha of the chanukas h...

   
 

Symphony of the Soul

Question #1: Trumpets “Can there be a mitzvah in the Torah of blowing trumpets if this instrument was not invented until relatively recently?” Question #2...

   
 

Parshas Naso - Keeping the Peace

There are a number of interesting correlations between this week's parsha and this week's haftarah. The obvious connection is that the&...

   
 

Parhsas Naso - Consistency is a Better Teacher Than Chumras

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...