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Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayeitzei - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Yaakov received the blessings from his father but along with them, the scorn of his brother Esav. He fled to Charan to seek safety and sanctuary and a wife. ...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Parshas Vayeitzei: The Secret to Leveraging Emotional Pain (Video)

Invariably when confronted with emotional pain, we do whatever we can to anesthetize ourselves as quickly and as completely as possible. But we see from this we...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Hope, Fear and Faith; Pregnancy and the Power of Prayer

Ultrasounds.  Blood tests. Amniocentesis.  Genetic testing.     Some social commentators have a dark, dystopian view of these tests. &...

   
 

Do Clothes Make the Man?

Question #1: Robes? “May I daven wearing a robe?” Question #2: Tied Up “Must I wear a necktie when I daven?” Question #3: Belted? “Is there a ha...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeitzei 5781/2020

Baltimore, MD – Nov 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

The Grandmaster

Many years ago I attended a chess match at a local tennis club. We were watching two grandmasters play for a big money prize. I, along with all the other observ...

   
 

Working for Marriage

In Bereishis 29:18 it says that Yaakov loved Rachel and proposed that he work for seven years to be able to marry her. The Re...

   
 

Shidduchim #5: Asking for Information

This article is adapted from my sefer, “What Can I Say… Today?”. All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framework. The purpose of ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Undeserving

Some people’s default attitude in life is “I really deserve more than I have”; others are prone to feeling that “I really don’t deserve what I have....

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Stay Up Top

Yitzchok and Rivka have two sons. While in the womb, Hashem told Rivka that these two sons are really two nations. The world is going to be dominated by two dif...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Twins Separated at Birth or Was It Something Else?

Parshas Toldos presents us with one of the most difficult to understand and troubling narratives in the Torah.  Yitzchak, Kadosh Lashem, was bound on a Miz...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Who is I?

[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: Toldos - The Danger of Thought

And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to bewail her. And Abraham arose from before his d...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - It’s Pashut!

May this Dvar Torah be a merit for my dear mother, Shaindel Maryam Bas Fulya, for a Refuah Sheleimah Bsoch Sha’ar Cholei Yisroel  We are all aware of th...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Darkest Before the Dawn (Video)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 18, 2020  - Very often when we see things getting worse, we think this means that we are doomed. However, we see from Geulas Mitzraim ...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Feed Me! Esav’s Behavior and His Nature

Yaakov simmered a stew, and Esav came in from the field, and he was exhausted. Esav said to Yaakov, ‘Pour into me, now, some of that very red stuff for I am e...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Toldos 5781/2020

Baltimore, MD – Nov 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

Yaakov Did Not Spill The Beans

The Medrash Tanchuma in Toldos 8 says that when Eisav came home from the fields he would ask questions of his father to make him s...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Mind Hunter

Yaakov’s middah is emes, truth, and so Rashi parses Yaakov’s misleading words to Yitzchak to make them true at least on some level.  For...

   
 

Heter Shopping And "How Do You Catch Someone Cheating On A Hechsher?" (ZOOM Details for today's 1:15 PM Baltimore/ 8:15 PM Israel Shiur Included)

After the article, I have included the topic and sign up info for tonight’s Zoom shiur in which I  will discuss inside scoops in which I caught companies...

   
 

Parshat Toldot - I Will Choose Free Will

The world of religious ideas was steadily coalescing. Gradually, G-d introduced humanity to fundamental principles of religion. The horrific flood demonstrated ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Rosh Chodesh Shiur - Kislev- Women & The Holiness of the Home (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 15, 2020 - Rosh Chodesh is a special holiday for women, because they were not involved in the sin of the golden calf. This sin is what brou...

   
 

Watch: Inside ArtScroll - Episode 13 – Farbreng and Shmooze with Joey Newcomb

The newest episode of Inside ArtScroll features something entirely different and unique, as host Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger welcomed singer and composer J...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - The Good Old Days of Hachnasas Orchim

Rather than discuss what we have all been involved in over the last many months, as I have been trying to do, I would like to shift to discussing something we a...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - It's Only Skin Deep

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness -Leo Tolstoy Last week, I was walking along 13th Avenue in Boro Park lost in my thoughts wh...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - What Are You Running For?

The race is on. Eliezer runs towards Rivkah with enthusiastic anticipation. Rivkah runs with genuine devotion in drawing and providing water for Eliezer and the...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Chayei Sarah - The Danger of Thought

And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to bewail her. And Abraham arose from before his d...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Talking to Hashem

[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 Chayei Sarah - Now That's a Good Reason!

After Yitzchak takes Rivka for a wife, we are informed that Avraham remarried.  (Chayei Sarah 25:1) The Pasuk states that his new wife’s name was “Ketu...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Chayei Sarah 5781/2020

Baltimore, MD – Nov. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Watch - Rabbi Tzvi Goode: Conflict Within a Nisayon (Video)

Sometimes part of our nisayon is the conflicting emotions we experience between submitting ourselves to the Ratzon Hashem and honoring our emotions. How do we r...

   
 

Netanyahu dismisses claims he made support for Israel partisan issue in US

'I represent Israel’s interests, and there is no difference if it’s a Republican or Democratic administration' Touting his personal relationshi...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - “If Only…”

It’s human nature, when faced with something tragic, or even just disturbing, to say to oneself, “If only…”   “If only I had done this… o...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Living with G-d

Avraham’s revolution had begun to gain traction. He traversed the promised land, participating both in wars as well as in diplomacy, all the while disseminati...

   
 

Loshon Hora Regarding Shidduchim: Responding to Questions

This article is adapted from my sefer, “What Can I Say… Today?”. All halachos mentioned herein are complex and part of a larger framework. The purpose of ...

   
 

Rabbi Kaganoff ZOOM Shiur This Sunday @1:15 PM (8:15 Israel) : How Does the Rabbi Know that my Mayo and Marge are Really Kosher?

Rabbi Kaganoff’s Zoom shiur series continues this Sunday  at 1:15 pm (8:15 Israel) Please do not enter the “room” before 8:15. Join Zoom...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira: Shema Yisrael!

This week's shtikle, as per tradition for parshas Vayeria, is dedicated le'ilui nishmas my brother Efrayim Yechezkel ben avi mori Reuve...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira: You Gotta Want It

Klal Yisroel is identified for its Mida of Chesed.  We have numerous Mitzvos instructing us as to the high regard Hashem places on the Mida of Chesed. ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayeira - Nameless and Famous

Avraham sat outside his tent recovering from his circumcision. The Bris Milah was performed at an advanced age as the ultimate display of allegiance and commitm...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira: The Rules of Life

Throughout life we all endure ‘nisyonos’ — trials and tribulations.  Aside from its objective in forging our character and faith, we are also expect...

   
 

Parshas Vayeria: Are We Doing It For The Right Reasons?

[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 Vayeria: Reflection of the Times

When Avraham goes down to Mitzrayim he attempts to save his life by hiding his true relationship with his wife, Sarah. He instructs her to agree that she is his...

   
 

Trump Campaign Asks Courts To Suspend Vote Count In Michigan, Pennsylvania

Campaign manager of Republican incumbent says not allowed to observe counting in 'numerous' locations US President Donald Trump's campaign sai...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Nov 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddish...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - I Am Here, A Test, A Miracle

Why, of all the instances of sacrifice and martyrdom that mark – no, define – so much of Jewish history, does the Akedah retain such primacy in our theology...

   
 

Giving the Besurah

The malochim told Sarah in Bereishis 18:10 we will return in a year and she will have a child. Sarah heard the besu...

   
 

Parshat Vayeira 5781 - Akeidat Yitzchak – The Binding of Isaac Revisiting a Timeless Biblical Narrative in the Age of COVID-19

Biblical texts often illuminate our contemporary experiences, providing valuable insight to guide our moral and ethical choices. As such, our experiences valida...

   
 

Parshas Vayeira - Corona Diary; Should We Wonder About G-d?

Humanity had turned the corner: after two thousand years of barbarism and heresy Avraham discovered God and launched a revolution of religious consciousness. On...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer - Vayeira - The Bris of Chessed- 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 1, 2020 - There are 2 covenants associated with Avraham Avinu-the bris of chessed, and the bris milah. Although we usually associate the br...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - Burning Dedication

This week's parsha begins with Avraham, (then known as Avram,) being commanded to leave his homeland to a "land to be named later." This is one o...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha: The Bigger Picture

Avraham enters the promised land traveling first to Shechem, then relocating to the mountain east of Beth-el, pitching his tent with Beth-el on the east and Ai ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Lech Lecha: Living With G-D

“And the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth (Lech Lecha) from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you...

   
 

Parshas Lech Lecha - From Nisayon to Nisayon

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Parshas Lech Lecha - The Intention Is What Matters

[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 mem...