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If Teshuva preceded the world, and our Torah is the blueprint for the universe, and all the actions of our Avos are a portent for their descendants — it would...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Ha'azinu/Succos 5783/2022

Baltimore, MD – Oct.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for ...

   
 

Shaking Lulav as a Zecher to Bais Hamikdash

When the brocha is made on the lulav we do not add on the tefillah asking for the Bais Hamikdash to be rebuilt. We do s...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayeilech/Yom Kippur: Start Dreaming

If there is one prayer that resonates in the heart of every Jew, it is Kol Nidrei. The very tune is haunting yet enchanting, saddening yet uplifting. Yet, when ...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast -Teshuvah: Embrace Yourself, Don’t Negate Yourself (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 30, 2022 - Our past sins need not be seen as devilish and fundamentally dirty, as the proverbially demons which we foreverchase. To the co...

   
 

Parshas Vayeilech / Aseres Yemei Teshuvah - Would You Like Cream And Sugar With That Teshuvah?

With the onset of the new year, another shemittah year has concluded. Now that the year is over, the mitzvos regarding shemittah, for t...

   
 

Parshas Vayelech - Then it Hit Me

It is my personal belief that everyone is entitled to their favorite Dad Joke. My personal favorite goes like this: I was trying to figure out why the ball was ...

   
 

A Place to Pray

 During the aseres yemei teshuvah is certainly when we should contemplate…  A Place to Pray At the beginning of parshas Vayeitzei, the Torah teach...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayelech / Leaving Marks That Last A Lifetime

One night at the Western Wall in the midst of Selichot prayers, I wondered when the thousands of teenagers around me would get up the next morning. It was alrea...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’:Vayelech 5783/2022

Baltimore, MD – Sept.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for...

   
 

Aseres Ymai Teshuva: Keep On Going!

During these ‘Ten Days of Teshuva’ we are tasked with taking advantage of G-d’s proximity by cleaning up our act and getting closer to Him. Although this...

   
 

Yom Kippur as Purification

Day of Purification Though we generally associate Yom Kippur with atonement, the Torah defines taharah (purification) as the day’s goal: (כי ביום הז...

   
 

Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 29, 4 Tishrei - Yahrzeit Candle For Havdalah At The End Of Yom Kippur? (Video)

DAILY DVAR HALACHA. Sep 29 . Tishrei 4. Yahrzeit candle for havdalah at the end of Yom Kippur?.mp4 from Yitzchok Dinovitzer on Vimeo. ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / 5 things to keep in mind through Yom Kippur

It may sound strange, but it's already Wednesday.  Here are five things to keep in mind through Yom Kippur.1. How do we greet each other between now a...

   
 

Who is up First?

In Devarim 31:9 we see that Moshe wrote the Torah and gave it to the Kohanim the sons of Levi. The Gemara in Gittin 71b says that the following things are done ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Five last minute items as the year comes to an end

1. Rosh HaShanah begins this evening at around 6 p.m. (Israel time) and ends two days later on Tuesday just after 7 p.m. In contrast to Yom Kippur when we are p...

   
 

Parshas Nitzavim - Wheel of Fortune

Once again Rosh Hashana is upon us.   Most people as they return to this point in our yearly cycle feel a sense of ‘here we go again’. We have been he...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah 5783 – Breaking Through the Shell

In one of his final addresses to the Jewish people, Moshe says, For this commandment which I command you this day, is not concealed from you, nor is it far away...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Writer's Block and Rosh Hashanah (Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 22, 2022 -In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss how an experience of writer's block actually gave the w...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Netzavim 5782/2022

Baltimore, MD – Sept.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / 5 items regarding the Chofetz Chaim

1. Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen Kagan, who passed away 89 years ago today, was a highly esteemed rabbinical leader and teacher who came to the conclusion that ins...

   
 

Calendar Controversy: When Yamim Nora’im “Fell” on Disputed Days

In the year 4681 (920), the greatest halachic authority in Eretz Yisrael, Rav Aharon ben Meir, proclaimed that the months of Marcheshvan and Kislev of the comin...

   
 

Rosh Hashana 5783: The Sound of Silence — Seeking Hashem’s Unspoken Will

Avraham’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son Yitzchak was the climax of his ten divine tests and the seminal expression of religious commitment. Surpr...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Elul: The Poignant Inner Voice When the Shofar Falls Silent (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 18, 2022 - The shofar is blaring and noisy. It seeks to be invasive! Like the shrill alarm clock, it wakes us up from our stupor and spiri...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Tzvi Teichman - A Daily Nugget of Inspiration on Slichos Day 1 (Video)

As the daily recitation of Slichos begins we hope you will enjoy and find meaning in a daily nugget of inspiration on Slichos By Rabbi Zvi Teichman ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Together with You

Beginning last night, Ashkenazim joined Sephardim in recitation of Selichot prayers. Together with 3,000 people, I participated in last night's Selichot at...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo - When Peace Falls to Pieces

The main focus of this week's parsha is the tochacha, the admonition. Many commentaries deal at length with the similarities between the war...

   
 

Parshas Ki Savo: The Sound of a Struggling Cat

Imagine the following: It’s Elul, you are standing in shul at the end of davening, and the guy who blows the shofar before “L’Dovid” muffs the sound, an...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Ki Savo: Blessing at all Times

In his final days with his beloved nation, Moshe tries to give proper instruction to his beloved people. “Now if you give ear to the voice of the Lord your Go...

   
 

Watch: Tears at Another Amazing Farher of Shas Yiden (Video & Photo Essay)

The first gathering for a public farher on the entire Shas since reaching the mark of 100 avreichim geonim was held this last Monday, 2 Elul, in Bet Shemesh. N...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Ki Tavo / First fruits: elevating every moment of our lives

Today, the 18th of Elul, is the birthday of the Ba'al Shem Tov, founder of the Hasidic movement. Here is a brief prescription of his for elevating every th...

   
 

Listen to Former Baltimorean Rabbi Yissachar Dov Krakowski - Parenting, Elul, New School Year and Avinu Malkeinu (Audio)

Listen to Rabbi Yissachar Dov Krakowski - Parenting, Elul, New School Year and Avinu Malkeinu (Audio)A Parents Role in Relationship to Kid's Issues in Scho...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Flexibility and the iron man

Ran Bar-Yoshafat recently finished an "Iron Man" competition in Spain: 3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles) of swimming, 180 kilometers (112 miles) of bike riding, and a ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Counting Down, Counting Up...the Power Of Elul

Wednesday evening, Jerusalem. A young guy on an electric bike almost crashed into me near the entrance to the central bus station. "Be careful!" I shouted. He s...

   
 

Parshat Ki Tavo - The Season of Doubt

The tochacha section of parshat Ki Tavo depicts horrifying scenes of wretched human suffering. As divine retribution for our ongoing national infidelity, we plu...

   
 

Pruzbul

Foreword As I discussed in a previous article, the mitzvah of shemittas kesafim comes into effect this year immediately before Rosh Hashanah. This law cancels ...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: Why We Should Love Work

“Shemaya would say: Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government (Avot 1:10).” We are, of course, familiar with Shimon Hatz...

   
 

Sivan Rahav- Meir / The Daily Portion / A class for two, an unforgettable memory

Can little, undramatic acts, without a crowd to witness them, have lasting meaning? Lior Frishman, chairman of the Rehovot Religious Council, told me the follow...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Elul: It’s About Love, Not Fear (Audio)

Baltimore, Md - Sept. 10, 2022 -  Many people assume that this period is associated with the frightful judgment which awaits us on Rosh Hashana. This attit...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Bread and Water

In this week's parsha, (23:5), we are told that an Amonite and Moabite are not allowed to come bikhal HaShem, that a convert from Amon or Moav ma...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Ki Seitzei: Kindness at All Times

The Torah introduces us to the obligation of Hashovas Aveidah (returning lost objects). If I stumble upon the lost object of another, I am obligated to collect ...

   
 

Parshas Ki Seitzei - Longing For Love

The Torah prohibits the entry into the Jewish nation of the male descendants of Moav. This fatal inherent flaw stems from this nation’s nefarious intention in...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Ki Seitzei 5782/2022

Baltimore, MD – Sept.  2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Ki Teizei / Safety first, last, and always

I am now getting ready for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, while searching for unique insights regarding "after the holidays."  Why, you ask, should this be on m...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Travel the World in One Day (Ki Seitzei) [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 8, 2022 - What is the fastest way to visit the Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, and the Burj Khalifa all in the same day? All y...

   
 

Lifelong Mitzvah

The Maharsha in Chidushei Aggados in Meseches Brachos 47a writes an amazingchiddush. The Gemarateaches us in several places t...

   
 

Parshas Ki Teitzei - "Doing Your Own Thing"? Not So Fast

Doing my own thing” became a shorthand excuse for all manner of less-than-noble behavior.  It also became an all-purpose explanation for parents as they ...

   
 

Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 5, 9 Elul, Why Is Rosh Hashanah The Best Day For Tashlich (Video)

DAILY DVAR HALACHA. Sep 5 . Elul 9. Why is Rosh Hashanah the best day for Tashlich from Yitzchok Dinovitzer on Vimeo. ...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: Being On The Team

הִלֵּל אוֹמֵר, אַל תִּפְרֹשׁ מִן הַצִּבּוּר, וְאַל תַּאֲמִין בְּעַצְמְךָ עַד יוֹם מוֹת...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Ki Satzai: Discipline in Service of Love (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Sept. 4, 2022 - Discipline is about maintaining structure and functionality, so that there can be a world of love and G-dliness. The discipline ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - No More Hatred

Towards the end of the parsha we are taught more about accidental killers and the laws pertaining to them. The pesukim (19:8-10) then procee...

   
 

Daily Dvar Halacha - Sept. 2, 6 Elul, Why is everybody talking about Pruzbul? (Video)

DAILY DVAR HALACHA. Sep 2 . Elul 6. Why is everybody talking about Pruzbul?.mp4 from Yitzchok Dinovitzer on Vimeo. ...

   
 

Parshas Shoftim - So Many Tabs Open

I’m not afraid to admit the truth. As of this writing, I currently have 45 tabs open on my internet browser. Something tells me, though, that I might not be t...