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Parshas Ki Savo: Just Take a Look Around

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: Think Big!

At the conclusion of the ritual of bringing Bikkurim, one’s first fruits, and presenting it to the kohen in the Temple before the Altar, the la...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo: Going Great? Appreciate!

[Editor’s note: As a memory of my beloved brother Shaya, I would like to continue sending out his pearls of wisdom that he has shared with all of you in the p...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo: Blessing On Everything; Travel Stories

Blessing on Everything; Travel Stories 1) “Chayav adam l’vareich al ha’raah k’sheim sh’mevareich al hatov.” Perek 26, pasuk 11, “V’samachta b...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo: Maaser Sheini

Maaser Sheini By Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff Question #1: Where? Many mitzvos can be performed only between the “walls” of Yerushalayim. Do these laws app...

   
 

The Weekly Shtikle - Ki Seitzei

A perfect follow-up to last week’s discussion: This week's parsha deals with the proceedings with regards to a case of illicit relations with ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei: Boundaries Matter

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...

   
 

Pashas Ki Seitzei: Still Waiting?

[Editor’s note: As a memory of my beloved brother Shaya, I would like to continue sending out his pearls of wisdom that he has shared with all of you in the p...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei: Balanced Lessons

1) Shiluach Hakein – don’t turn a gezeira into rachamim We have the pasuk about shiluach hakein.  Perek 22, pasuk 7.  “Shalei’ach t’shalach...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei: Never Give Up!

The anomaly of the ‘Rebellious Son’, a child who has exhibited, between the young age of thirteen and thirteen and three months, seemingly irreparable erran...

   
 

Ki Seitzei – Tall Fences Make Good People

“When you build a new house, you shall make a fence (guard-rail) for your roof, so that you shall not cause blood to be spilled in your house, that the one wh...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei: Mitzvos Benefit US

In this week’s parshah, we are told about the prohibition of taking an ownerless mother bird when it is sitting on its eggs or young (22:6). Directly after th...

   
 

Parshas Ki Setzei: Nationalism

Parshat Ki Teitzei presents a seemingly harsh set of guidelines for inclusion within the Jewish people. Marriage is strictly limited to pedigreed Jews and, addi...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei: The Will of Sinai: The Mamzer and The Consequences of Radical Individualism

I planned each charted course Each careful step along the byway And more, much more than this I did it my way  “My Way” (sung by Frank Sinatra) ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Setzei: It’s for the Birds – The Mitzvah of Shiluach Hakein

Question #1: Required??? “Must I physically send away the mother bird? I am squeamish!” Question #2: Keep the Babies “Must I take the young to fulfil...

   
 

The Weekly Shtikle - Shofetim

At the beginning of this week’s parsha, the process of prosecuting the idolater is discussed. Regarding his or her demise by stoning it is stated, (17:7)...

   
 

PARSHA PERSPECTIVES: SHOFTIM -TEACHING TREES

ה׳ באלול תשע״ט (SEPTEMBER 5, 2019) “When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it to capture it, you shall not destroy its tre...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: "Eretz Yisroel - Much More Than Real Estate"

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...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: Take Control

  The great Rebbe, Reb Zusha of Anipoli, upon observing one of his disciples tearfully inspired towards repentance, felt suddenly inadequate as he had...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: A Matter Of Perspective

In this week's parsha, the Torah commands us to adhere to our Sages' guidance and instructions (17:11). Rashi illustrates this concept with the follow...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: Common Sense Judgement

1) “Chachamim” vs. “Pikchim” Gra has a very famous and classical piece here which is just so relevant.  Perek 17, pasuk 19.  It says, “lo s...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: The Value of Life

“…we’re more protected from a bad tuna fish sandwich than a nuclear bomb…”   – Jackie Mason (commenting on the Iran nuclear agreement) Man...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: King Making A Special Bracha?

In Devarim, Perek Yud Zayin, posuk tes vov the Torah commands Bnei Yisroel to appoint a king that will rule over them. The S...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: Tefillin Retzuos, Maintenance, and Purchasing Instructions

Question #1: How are tefillin retzuos made? Question #2: My tefillin did not come with an “owner’s manual.” What sho...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim: Statistics and Sorcerers

The ancient pagan residents of Israel practiced widespread sorcery and black magic. Many of these rituals including witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy and soothsa...

   
 

The Weekly Shtikle - Re'eh

In this week's parsha a word not used any where else in the Torah (although it is found 20 times in NA"CH) appears twice. The inhabitants of the&...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh: "How Much Do You Want It"

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...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh - The Choice

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.” (Devorim 11:26). Life is filled with choices. From what we wear to what we eat to how we act, we mu...

   
 

Parshas Re'eh: We Are All Special Children

One of the most endearing descriptions of our relationship with G-d is expressed in Re’eh.   You are children to Hashem...   We are a beloved ch...

   
 

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: A Blessing and A Curse - Choose

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...

   
 

Giving or Taking

In Devarim, Perek Tes Vov, posuk zayin the Torah teaches us that if a poor person comes to you asking for tzedaka, you may not close yo...

   
 

Re-eh Kosher World

At the core of Jewish identity lies Kosher dietary laws and kosher eating. Almost every “identified” Jew maintains some minimal standard of a kosher diet. K...

   
 

The Weekly Shtikle - Eikev

In this week's parsha, Eretz Yisrael is praised as (8:8) "A land of wheat and barley and grapes and figs and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and hon...

   
 

Parshas Eikev - The Torah Difference

1) Connecting the end of Parshas V’eschanan with Parshas Eikev The pasuk starts off in the parsha, “V’hayah eikev tishma’un eis hamishpatim ha’eileh...

   
 

Eikev - Love Forever

In the prelude to their crossing the Jordan, Moshe warns them, Do not say to yourself, when the Lord, your God, has repelled them from before you, sayi...

   
 

Eikev - How Far Love Goes

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...

   
 

Ekev: A World Without Awe

Worrying about a possible religious erosion once he is retired, Moshe exhorts the Jewish people toward the trait of yirat shamayim. He presents this trait as fo...

   
 

Eikev: The Stranger, The Frightening Other and Our Broken Promise

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, te...

   
 

Va'Eschanan: Looking Inward

 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...

   
 

Va'Eschanan - Believe It!

Moshe makes one last pitch in attempting to undo the decree that he not enter the land. G-d asks him to refrain from making that request as it is not in the car...

   
 

Parshas Va'eschanan - Power of Tefillah

1) Moshe’s Argument Moshe tells over that I davened to Hashem and I wanted to go into Eretz Yisrael, and Hashem said to me, “Rav lach”.  It’s enou...

   
 

Devarim

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

   
 

We Want You!

We are all familiar with the sad reality that we are yet in exile because we are still guilty of ‘baseless hatred’. Where does an attitude of baseless ha...

   
 

MATOS

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

   
 

Parshas Matos/Mas'ei - Emulating Our Leaders

[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 Matos/Mas'ei - He is Here!

There is a remarkable sentiment that appears only twice in all of Chumash. After the Torah details the consequences for even unintentional murder, it appeals t...

   
 

MassChallenge Israel 2019 Winners Announced In Jerusalem (Photo Essay)

Jerusalem, Israel - July 31, 2019 - MassChallenge Israel, part of MassChallenge’s global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, announced the top 10 sta...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Matos/Masei

Baltimore, MD - July 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishk...

   
 

Parshas Matos - Mas'ei 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.&...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Taragin: Matos/Mas'ei - Understanding Jews Who Oppose the State of Israel

One of the most gratifying aspects about the State of Israel is the sweeping support it engenders across so many varied Jewish communities. It is reassuring tha...

   
 

Chazak

When one finishes a sefer of the Chamisha Chumshei Torah there is a minhag that the tzibbur says “Chazak Chazak Venisc...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Parshas Matos-Masei - The Three Weeks Part II (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 29, 2019 - Hashem instructs Moshe to tell the Jewish people to go and take their revenge on the Midianites for what they did to the J...

   
 

Parshas Matos/Mas'ei - Parshas Matos - Actions and Thinking Ahead / Parshas Mas'ei - Expanding Land

Parshas Matos - Actions and Thinking Ahead 1) The five pieces of jewelry of the Midyanite women The Torah (31:50) talks about how the Jews went to fight again...

   
 

Parshas Pinechas - Responsibility

In the beginning of this week's parsha, B'nei Yisrael are once again counted. While examining the descendants of Reuven, the Torah tangentially d...

   
 

Parshas Pinchos - Another Aspect of Shabbos

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 - Fighting Open Borders

It doesn’t take much political savvy to realize that the Democratic Party has taken a very very sharp turn to the left. With the so-called “Squad” advocat...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - Visiting Day

Most years the portion of Pinchos is read during the Shabbosos of Bein HaMetzarim, ‘between the straits’ of the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. It is ave...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - The Sons of Korach...Contemplating Teshuvah

Balak failed.  Bilaam failed. Try though they might, they could not speak ill and curse B’nei Yisrael.  Yet, evil is ever resourceful and ever dete...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - July 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishk...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Pinchas and the Broken Luchos- The Three Weeks Part 1 (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 23, 2019 - Hashem knew that in order for the Jewish people to survive, the breaking of the luchos was critical. The story...

   
 

Rosh Chodesh Bentching

The posuk in Bamidbar, Perek Chof Ches, posuk yud alef says that a special korban was brought every Rosh Chodesh. The M...

   
 

Parshas Pinchas - Preserving Zeal

Pinchas is celebrated for his courageous intervention and is lavishly rewarded with priesthood. Indeed, special circumstances call for special measures and his ...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Looks Can Kill

This past Thursday, 15 Tammuz, was the 16th yahrzeit of my wife's grandmother, Mrs. Shirley Yeres, Chaya Sheindel bas Alexander HaLevi. The previous ...

   
 

Torah Lishma

The gemara in Nazir, daf chof gimmel, amud bais and Sanhedrin, daf kuf heh, amud bais and in Horiyus, daf yud gimel...

   
 

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 - The Value of Bechira

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 Balak - Dust Yourself Off

Bilaam tells Balak the Jews are impervious to his curses, for “Who has counted the dust of Yaakov, or who can number the seed of Israel”.    Rash...

   
 

Parshas Balak - Hashem Loves and Protects Us

1) “Vayeilchu ziknei Moav v’ziknei Midyan u’kesamim b’yadam” We are looking at the Vilna Gaon’s comments and he has a couple of very interesting on...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Balak 5777 - The Prophet of the Nations - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - July 15, 2019 - Bilaam's prophecy is compared to Moshe Rabbeinu's. In this shiur we analyze the difference between Moshe Rabbeinu, the...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - The Cost of Accepting 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...

   
 

Parsha Perspectives: Chukas-Appreciation And Actualization

“The entire congregation of the children of Israel arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month, and the people settled in Kadesh. Miriam died there and wa...

   
 

Rabbi Moshe Hauer: From the Ashes - A Reflection for Parshas Chukas

Torah thoughts should be grounded in a clear reading of sources, from the verses themselves to Midrash and primary commentaries.  The following does not me...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - The Empty 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 - Charmah X 2

Today, 9 Tammuz, is the 4th yahrtzeit of my sister-in-law, Batsheva Yeres. The shtikle is dedicated le’iluy nishmasah, Batsheva Blima, a...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Parah-Aduma.Com

The purification process of the Parah Adumah (red heifer) is considered the quintessential “chok” – a mitzvah which seems to defy human logic and which we...

   
 

Our Three Sons...In Memory of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel

It has been five years since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near the Gush. Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped and murdered ...

   
 

Parshas Chukas - Not a Time for Humility

An attempt is made by Moshe to take a shortcut on the Children of Israel’s journey to the promised land through the territory of Edom. In what appears to be ...

   
 

Thursday Afternoon Update (as of 4:19) On The Search For Rabbi Reuven Bauman, Reuven Tzvi Ben Esther Baila, from Rabbi Sender Haber

Baltimore, MD - July 11, 2019 - BJL just received this update via e-mail: Thursday afternoon update: Search continues with helicopter, boats, and people w...

   
 

Parshat Chukat - Angry Humans

The Rambam authored a well-known principle known as the “golden mean” or the middle road. Every trait embedded within the human heart can ultimately prove b...

   
 

Parshas Chukat - Our Independence. Our Community. Our Song

You can cage the singer but not the song. Harry Belafonte No “one-hit wonder”, the Torah presents us with two great songs.  The first, and most fa...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - July 2019 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishk...