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It is the night of Purim, as I sit down to share my weekly thoughts. My mind wanders to exactly a year ago, when the seeds of fear for the dreaded pandemic w...

   
 

I’ll Have a Purim Sandwich

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated for a ref...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Purim: A Gift of Unity

Legend has it that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, z’’l had a special custom when it came to receiving Mishloach Manot gifts on Purim. He would taste from the i...

   
 

Toras Michoel Al HaTorah Sefer Shmos Now Available

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 25, 2020 – A year ago shortly after the publication of the Sefer Toras Michoel al HaTorah – Chelek Braishis, the main person ...

   
 

What Happens When Purim Falls On Shabbos? [ZOOM Shiur Info Included: What We Do When Erev Pesach Falls On Shabbos]

My Sunday Zoom shiur for the next several weeks will be in depth explaining what we do when Erev Pesach falls on Shabbos. Please note that this coming Sunday, F...

   
 

Purim 5781/2021 - Who Stands Behind the Mask-What We Hide; What We Reveal

Rava said, It is one’s duty levasumei, to make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘arur Haman’ (cursed be ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Tetzaveh/Purim 5781

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

   
 

Rabbi Zvi Teichman's Guidelines for an Erev Shabbos Purim Seudah

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 24, 2021 - The following was sent this morning by Rabbi Zvi Teichman to the membership of Ohel Moshe. Chaverim Yedidim!   As many ha...

   
 

Purim Corona Diary #22 – Life Isn't a Lottery

Each name of a Jewish holiday is iconic. The name Pesach evokes the transformative sacrifice which launched our national liberation. The name Chanukah captures ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Taanis Esther, Prayer and Purim (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 23, 2021 - Taanis Esther is a day of tefillah. The power of the Jewish People comes from the bracha (blessing) of Yitzchok, Hakol Kol Yaako...

   
 

Gift Of Education

The Pri Megadim 695 says that one has to educate his son in the mitzvah of mishloach manos. It stands to reason that the same obli...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Table That

As I have done for my other grandparents, I am dedicating the shtikles during this year le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h. This w...

   
 

Parshas Zachor/Purim: The Mitzvah of Genocide?

The Shabbos before Purim we leyn the infamous story of Amalek and their brazen attack on Klal Yisroel, immediately after Kriyas Yam Suf.  In so doing, we f...

   
 

Parshas Teruma #2 - "A Guide to Apikorsos

It’s important to keep things fresh.  After all, repetition and familiarity can lead to taking things for granted.  That’s why I thought it might ...

   
 

Parshas Terumah #1 - To Give Is To Receive

Parshas Terumah begins with Hashem commanding Moshe Rabbeinu to collect “Terumah” from Bnei Yisroel in order to build the Mishkan and all of its adornments....

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Terumah - Put Your Heart Into IOt

 “The Lord spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to the children of Israel and have them take for Me an offering; from every person whose heart inspires him to...

   
 

Parshas Terumah: The Parsha in Chesed - Build Your Portfolio

Like others, my organization receives donations of varying sizes from a diverse audience. One day, my secretary informed me of a larger than usual contribution ...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Give Me a Hug!

As we are poised to celebrate yet another Yom Tov under the cloud of Covid, we wonder how Purim, a day which is supposed to be a filled with joyous camaraderie,...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: Holy Fire (Video)

Approaching mitzvos and other responsibilities with fervor, has a ripple effect on all those around us. How we do things is as important as what we do. &nb...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Terumah 5781

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

   
 

Parshas Terumah - The Lifelong Student

A gift perhaps as great as the Torah itself is the Jew’s inner thirst and yearning to learn Torah.  Jews young or old stand before the imposing volumes o...

   
 

Anointing Oil

Question #1: Who? Who may be anointed with the shemen hamish’cha?   Question #2: What? What are the ingredients of the shemen hamish’cha?   ...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: The Most Important Chumrah (Stringency) (Video)

The Most Important Chumrah (Stringency) Every mitzvah requires an interpersonal component. In pursuit of perfection of a mitzvah, never compromise your middos....

   
 

Parshas Terumah — Inside, Outside and In-Between

The aron habris, the holy ark described in the parshah, was essentially a wooden box set into a golden one, with another golden one set inside it (Yom...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Simchah For All, Simchah Regardless

This past Wednesday, 28 Shevat, marked the 8th yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, R' Yitzchak Yeres. The shtikle is dedicated&nbs...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - On Fire!

We desperately need a yeshuah — salvation.  With the untimely loss of one of the most beloved leaders of our community this week, on top of the already ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Mishpatim: Rejuvenation and Rehabilitation

The laws of Eved Ivri, the Jewish servant, symbolize our outlook on humanity. We all make mistakes, yet Judaism encourages us not to give up on others or oursel...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha: Mishpatim: Holy Humans (Video)

Hashem did not create us to be malachim, angels. He created us to be humans, who will grow into the best, holy versions of ourselves, by building healthy r...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - How Many Ways Does Hashem Love Us

One of the Torah’s fundamental principles, cited in Parshas Mishpatim, is the concept of eyen tachas eyen, shayn tachas sheyn – that the Torah ascribes pun...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - The Critical Role of Mesora

Parshas Mishpatim teaches us a great deal of the Mitzvos needed for a functioning society.  Included among them are many of the dinei mamanos (laws of mone...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - The Parsha in Chesed

Make the Connection! One day, some years ago, I was in conversation with a rabbi when someone interrupted with a "very urgent" question in halacha. This man r...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Mishpatim 5781

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

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim: Act First, Listen Second; A Statement of Faith

He took the Book of the Covenant and read it in earshot of the people, and they said, “Everything that HaShem has said, Na’aseh v’nishma!”  The peo...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: Tilt the Scales (Video)

Each one of us has the power to affect monumental change on both a personal and global level. Let's not settle for mediocrity. Set your expectations high, ...

   
 

Mitzva to Lend

In Shmos 22:24 the posuk discusses the concept of lending money. The Mechilta writes that whenever the Torah uses the word “im” it is optional, except ...

   
 

Parashat Mishpatim: Murder Hornets and The Long Walk Home

The past year shook the world. Humanity faced a pandemic, the likes of which only occurs every hundred years.  Locked in battle with an invisible but deadl...

   
 

Trump Lawyers Demand Dismissal On Impeachment

Attorneys for former President Trump on Monday argued in a new brief that the Senate should quickly dismiss the impeachment article filed against him ...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim – The Far-Reaching Import of a Vav

Your Uber driver might be pleasant to you because he values another human being, but his desire for a four-star rating likely plays a larger role in his affabil...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Flying High

In order the capture the hearts of the nation so they would willingly accept the Torah with all its many and arduous details and statutes, G-d would have to mak...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshat Yitro

The Everlasting Few Seconds The student body of Mesivta Tiferet Jerusalem had boys from various social-economic backgrounds. Many of them were children of immi...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha: Yisro: Building a Better Me (Video)

Whether materially or intangibly, we each have something that we lack. Yet, I can choose to focus on what I do have which will allow me to actualize my love for...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Yisro: Good is Great

Originally published Parshas Yisro 5780. “It came about on the next day that Moses sat down to judge the people, and the people stood before Moses from the m...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Custom-Made for YOU

[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 Yisro - The Greatest Mida

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...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Wherever You Are: Tehillim Chapter 67 (Video)

As a Jew, my connection to Hashem is not bound to my physical or emotional location; therefore, no matter where life takes me, I can always connect to HaKadosh ...

   
 

Parashat Yitro - To Set A Place

Powerball Jackpot!  One hundred million dollars!  Two hundred million!  A billion!  Who among us hasn’t imagined what a wonderful thing i...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Yisro 5781

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

   
 

Out of This World

In Parshas Yisro we see the topic of respecting your father and mother so that you merit to live a long life. The Chinuch in Mitzvah 33...

   
 

Pulling Teeth

Question #1: Pulling Teeth May I pull teeth on Shabbos? Question #2: Clipping Fingernails Does clipping fingernails on Shabbos involve a Torah prohibition? ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Yisro - Yisro's Plan- 2nd Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2021 - The 2nd aliyah (section) of Parshas Yisro is dedicated to the advice that Yisro gave to Moshe. Yisro told Mo...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Just Passing Through

Yet from ancient times the descendants of Avraham were known as עברים/Ivrim, and its evolved latinized form — Hebrews.  This description possibly a...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Within Every Letter

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. ...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - That's My Team!

[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...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Parshas Beshalach - Heavy Handed

“Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. So, Moses said to Joshua, Pick men for us, and go out and fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on top ...