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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...

   
 

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 ...

   
 

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...

   
 

Rosh HaShanah - Avinu Malkeinu...Forever!

The main component of the Rosh HaShanah davening is comprised of the sections in mussaf known as malchios, zichronos and shofaros. Each section c...

   
 

Rosh Hashanah 5779 - The Power of Tefilla

In Parshas Toldos, we are told of Yitzchak and Rivka’s pleas to have a child.  The Pasuk says Vaye’etar Yitzchak (Toldos 25:21) Rashi explains this unu...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Teshuva

Towards the end of Parshas Nitzavim, there are twenty Psukim within which the Torah refers to the Brachos and Klalos, which were just delivered on Har Grizim an...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Teshuva

With Rosh Hashana right around the corner, many of us are feeling anxious as to whether or not Hashem will really accept our teshuva and our promises to change....

   
 

What an Angel!

You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your G-d; the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers - all the men of Israel: your small childr...

   
 

Parshas Netzavim - Three Little Words

The ability to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features - Leon Uris Consider the very first children born to a woman; the first to ever to ...

   
 

Yom HaDin 5779: What is Hashem Judging?

Rosh HaShanah is all but upon us, and we feel the approaching Din in our hearts and minds. Divine Judgment will provide for each of us and those we love the ans...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Nitzavim - Teshuva - Uncovering Reality (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 4, 2018 - We continue our discussion about derishah, seeking and searching for connection to Hashem the truth. Although it seems like ther...

   
 

Watch: Legal Holiday Morning of Learning at Kollel Nachlas HaTorah of Khal Machzikei Torah, Baltimore with Shiur From Hagaon Harav Aaron Feldman, shlit"a (Video & Photo Essay)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 3, 2018 - Kollel Nachlas Hatorah of Khal Machzikei Torah held a special Morning of Learning on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 in Bal...

   
 

Arvus for Women and Children

In Devarim, Perek Chof Tes, posuk chof ches it says that the hidden belongs to Hashem whereas the open and what is public belongs to us and ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - The Kohein's Merit

This week's parsha begins with the process of the bringing of bikurim, the first fruits, and the passages that are to be recited at the time...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Netziv on the Parsha - Ki Savo (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 31, 2018 -  Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Netziv on the Parsha - Ki Savo To listen, click here...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Imitation is Connection

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Parshas Ki Savo - What It Means To Be The Am Segulah

In Sefer Dvarim, we are treated to one of several places where Hashem uses a particular term of endearment for B’nei Yisroel, referring to us as the “Am Seg...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - We Are Here! (Video)

Check out a video version of this essay here The portion of Ki Savo and its recording of the Tochacha, the ninety eight curses that will befall our people as a...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Celebrating and Appreciating Normality

After entering the land and harvesting its produce, Bnei Yisroel are given the Mitzvah of Bikurim –bringing the first fruits to the Mishkan or Beis Hamikdash ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - Giving Our Heart and Soul To Hashem

1) Dedicate the First The Torah starts off telling us that when you come into the land you are going to conquer Eretz Yisrael and you should take from the firs...

   
 

Knife at Bentching

In Devarim, Perek Chof Zayin, posuk heh it says that one is prohibited from lifting metal over a mizbeach. The Shulchan Aruch, in siman...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Ki Savo - Deep Gratitude- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 27, 2018 - In the first aliyah of Parshas Ki Savo, the mitzvah of bringing bikkurim is described. When we thank Hashem for the first fruits...

   
 

Who Knows Thirteen?

Question: What is the basis for the Selichos we recite before Rosh Hashanah and during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah? Answer: From the beginning of Selichos, con...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Wiping Out Evil

This week's parsha deals with the proceedings with regards to a case of illicit relations with a betrothed girl or married woman. The betrothed g...

   
 

Parshas Ki TzeiTzei - Boundaries Have Values

Bnei Yisroel were given specific instructions on who is eligible and who may serve as a soldier in the conquest of Eretz Yisroel.  Exemptions were given fo...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Fiddler on the Roof

Among the plethora of mitzvos that appear in this week’s portion there is one that the holy Arizal avers will bring the world back to its original ‘emptines...

   
 

Parshas Ki Tetze - A Time to Remember...A Time to Forget

“Memory, the warder of the brain.”         - William Shakespeare We are wondrous creatures in that we embody so many se...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Lessons of Yifas Toar, Ben Sorer, Taamei Hamitzvos and Dignity

1) “Vechashakta bah” – Yetzer’s Grip Parshas Ki Seitzei starts off with the Jewish people at war, and a Jewish soldier sees an eishes yifas toar. The p...

   
 

Minyan for Amalek

Posuk yud zayin in Perek chof heh in Chumash Devarim tells us that we should remember what Amalek did to Bnei Yisroel. T...

   
 

Blessings and Guardrails

Mitzvas maakeh is mentioned in this week’s parsha. Question #1: Who makes the brocha? “If someone performs a mitzvah as my agent, can I still recite a bro...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Ki Seitzei- Yifas Toar- Finding or Searching- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 19, 2018 -  Although a soldier is permitted to take an eishes yifas toar, it is not presented as an ideal situation. This relatio...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - Brother from Another Mother

This week's parsha discusses a wide range of topics. Among them are the unique laws of eidim zomemim, the false, plotting witnesses who are given the exact...

   
 

Listen: 3 1/2 minutes with Rabbi Godberger, yahrzeit of Rabbi Daniel Goldberger, Z'L (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 17, 2018  - 3 1/2 minutes with Rabbi Godberger, yahrzeit of Rabbi Daniel Goldberger, Z'L ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - A Fish Out of Water

There are numerous places in the Torah where Chazal derive significant lessons from the placement of one Mitvzah or historical event directly opposite or next t...

   
 

Parashas Shoftim and My Search for Hashem

Parashas Shoftim contains a passage which was important in my religious development.  My parents had maintained conservative synagogue affiliation.  ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - We Are EASILY Influenced

In this week's parshah, the Torah tells us that someone who serves an idol is punished by public stoning. Interestingly, the pasuk states that the witnesse...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - Life Is Not Fair!

After the Torah details the obligation to appoint judges and officers to administrate justice in all the cities throughout the land, exhorting these officials t...

   
 

Definite Signs that Moshiach is Very Close

The sha’ilos I’ve received  are hair-raising, shocking and sad. The Yetzer Hara is out of control.  Yidden from every ba...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - A Man Alone, and in Community

“Repent, Harlequin!” said the Ticktockman… So, begins a short story by science fiction writer Harlan Ellison.   In it, the character of the Har...

   
 

Parshas Shofitm - Look Into the Crystal Ball, or Not

 Black Cats:   We all know them. Black cats, broken mirrors, stepping on the cracks in sidewalks, rabbit’s feet and four leaf clovers. I’m ta...

   
 

Sukkos in The Bais HaMikdosh

Posuk chof aleph in Perek Tes Zayin in Chumash Devarim tells us that one may not plant a tree next to the Mizbeach of Ha...

   
 

Updated - Can a Sheitel be Prohibited Because of Avodah Zarah?

A Background Discussion of the Halachic Issues Involved in the Use of Indian Hair By Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff I wrote this article originally several years a...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - A Friend In Need? Be A Friend In Deed

This week's parsha presents the contradiction of the following two pesukim. First we are told (15:4) that with the proper fulfillment of the laws of shemit...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - The Holiest Place in the World

Har Hamoriya, Har Habayis, Makom Hamikdash, the point from which the Earth was formed, this special place on our planet has a recorded history dating back thous...

   
 

The Double-Header Haftarah

Directly due to the interesting circumstances of this week, Parshas Re’eh / Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul, an unusual occurrence will transpire in a fortnight on ...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - Why Do We Learn Torah?

Why do Jews learn Torah? Furthermore, why do we learn Gemara which discusses many opinions that we do not even practice in law? One answer lies in our Parshah,...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - Listening Equals Blessing

[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 Re'eh - Hit ‘Em in the Kishkes!

שמור ושמעת..., Safeguard and listen..., Moshe exhorts. The order seems incorrect. Shouldn’t one first hear specifically what it is that they must pre...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - Light, Alternative Medicine, Tears and Faith

1) Darkness and Light Ramban (11:29) opens with a discussion of Har Girizim and Har Eivel. The Torah never tells us which side they were on, which is on the ri...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Re'eh - Clear & Mysterious Mountains- First Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Aug. 8, 2018 - Parshas Re'eh contains the explicit locations of Har Grizim and Har Evel, where Bnei Yisroel w...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - To Stand Alone; Have Iphones Caused Us To Fail In Our Responsibility To Make Our Children Independent Beings?

A father is obligated to do the following for his son: to circumcise him, to redeem him if he is a first born, to teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to te...

   
 

The Torah of Rav Yehosef Schwartz

Since this parsha, Re’eih, discusses the different species of kosher animals, a topic that will be included in this article, it provides an opportunity to lea...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - It's Not Your Doing

Parshas Eikev falls between the two places in the Torah where we are warned of the calamities which would befall Klal Yisroel if they turned away from Hashem.&n...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Wealth

In this week's parshah, the Torah warns us not to forget Hashem in our pursuit of wealth, nor when we achieve it. After describing a future where the Jewis...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Alien Rights

Although the Torah asserts in several places Hashem’s love for His people collectively and for the Patriarchs, there is but one individual to whom Hashem proc...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - Keeping the Inspiration & Reflections from the Kosel

[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 Eikev - Rachmanus, Rachmanus… Rodef Rachmanus!

Rabbi Soloveitchik does not mince words, “The experience of Egyptian servitude underlies the very morality of the Jew.”  The import of what he asserts ...

   
 

Parshas Va'eschanan: Constant Reminders

Today, the 15th of Av, marks the yahrtzeit of my Opa, Mr. George Jakobovits. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas...

   
 

Tu B'Av and the Secret to Good Marriage

Tu B’Av is a day which many people associate with weddings, and for good reason. While the Gemara provides a whole list of events that happened to the Jewish ...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan: How Good Do We Have It

Much has been written about the relatively minor differences between the Aseres Hadibros given by Hashem in Parshas Yisro and those repeated in this weeks Parsh...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan: Expand Your Universe

There will come a time, the Torah foretells, when we will become stale in our devotion to Hashem, and ‘Hashem will scatter you among the peoples, and you will...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan: Judaism - Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt

When describing the monumental event of the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai, this week’s Parshah makes a point to repeatedly state, after every detail, the w...

   
 

Disney Announces Plan To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers

Orlando, FL - The Walt Disney Co. has announced it will stop using single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all of its locations. Disney officials sai...

   
 

Parshas Vaeschanan - Seeing Hashem, E”Y and Yirah and Ahavah

1) Hashem’s Name in This World We know that Moshe Rabbeinu was pining to go into Eretz Yisrael, and davened very hard to Hashem to allow him to enter Eretz Y...

   
 

Parshas VaEschanan - Contemplate Before Pouncing

[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 VaEtchanan: If At First...

It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either – - Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:16 ...