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Light Up for Kids by Baltimore's Own Avi Wolman - Shavuos 5781

Baltimore, MD - May 16, 2021 - Light Up for Kids got started when I was sitting at home one day during this 'unplanned vacation' and I dec...

   
 

Shavuot: Corona Diary #30- Landing on Earth, But Emerging from Heaven

It all began on this day, atop a mountain of fire and smoke. For 2500 years, humanity failed to grasp a "One G-d" responsible for all reality. For too long, hum...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The revolution of Shavuot

Here's an explanation for what is so special about the Shavuot festival before us: it's an opportunity to unite and celebrate for a purely positive re...

   
 

Chag Shavuos - The Lost Cicada

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The poor cicada, which has been incubating for the past 17 years, decided to climb up a pole instead of a tree!  D...

   
 

Shavuos 5781 - Carrying Tamar's Torch

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

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Stoned?

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

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - All For One or One For All

Parshas Bamidbar commences with the tziva from Hashem to once again take a census of Bnei Yisroel.  (Bamidbar 1:2) Hashem is very explicit that the census ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha: Living in the Desert (Video)

We take so much in our lives and in this world for granted. Remember to pay attention and appreciate everything in life. Notice the overwhelming beauty of the w...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - You Have Chosen Us!

We are taught that in the days preceding the coming of Moshiach tragedies will befall us at such a pace and intensity that ‘the most recent ones will cause us...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Bamidbar: The Personal Touch

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Z”L had a very special custom. Shortly after a relative, friend or close student would move into a new home, he would ask to visit...

   
 

Another Onslaught of Rockets - What Can We Do? What Must We Do?

Our Three Sons It has been seven years since the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near the Gush. Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel were kidnap...

   
 

Rocket Fire Continues: 87-Year-Old Woman Dies After Suffering Head Injury While Seeking Shelter

United Hatzalah volunteer EMS personnel performed CPR on a woman in her 80 who lost consciousness in her home in Moshav Shtulim located near Ashdod. Join BJL on...

   
 

Parshas Bamidbar - Where Were the Leviim? The Tragedy of Meron

The stampede on Mount Meron early Friday during an annual pilgrimage, one of Israel’s worst civil disasters, was foreshadowed for years in warnings by local p...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Bamidbar 5781/2021

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bamidbar / Raising our heads: Our spirit will prevail

A couple gets married yesterday and, while under the Chuppah, hears an air raid siren. Children who think the pandemic is over and they can return to their scho...

   
 

Watch: The Missing Va"v In The Korbonos Of Chag HaShavuot- A Fabulous Shiur By Horav Michoel Sorotzkin (Video)

Another Fascinating shiur by Horav Michoel Sorotzkin with a brilliant insight into the korbanot of Chag haShavuot at all times in the Jewish eras. A must see!...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Maybe: When Rockets Are Aimed At Jerusalem

At six o'clock yesterday evening I had to interrupt a ZOOM broadcast to run with my children to our air raid shelter after hearing warning sirens in Jerusa...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - Real Promises

This past Wednesday, 23 Iyar, was the 11th yahrtzeit of my great aunt, Lady Amélie Jakobovits, a"h. The shtikle is dedicated le&#...

   
 

Sivan Rahav Meir / The Daily Portion, Behar-Bechukotei / A curse or a blessing? - what we can learn from Meron

In this week's Torah portion, words appear that are difficult to read. Side by side with the blessings, there are also curses and descriptions of horrific ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Behar/Bechukosai - See the Beauty in the Apples

“But despite all this, while they are in the land of their enemies, I will not despise them nor will I reject them to annihilate them, thereby breaking My cov...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - Indivisible

We are all still reeling from the terrible events that transpired in Meron just last week.  Intensifying the trauma is the reading this week of the Tochac...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

Our Torah contains many Dinim, Chukim and Mishpatim.  By definition, some of theses Mitzvos have reasons that are known to us or obvious, and others which ...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - That One Guy

Have you ever been to a movie theatre, or perhaps a movie theater (depending on where you are from)?  A person watching a movie has absolutely no say in t...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Behar-Bechukotei / The Power To Pause

The "Behar" Torah portion begins with Shabbat and ends with Shabbat. It begins with "Shabbat of the Land" or the shmita (Sabbatical) year. The entire year is a ...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Behar/Bechukosai - Put Them in Their Place

The time has come to put the needy in their proper place. Imagine the following: On a chilly winter evening there is a knock at your door. You answer and are ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Comforting the mourners

Side by side with the political drama, another drama is taking place in Israel – in 45 homes of families that are in mourning throughout the country. Thousand...

   
 

Parshas Behar/Bechukosai - Minyan. Community. Peer Group

Peer group pressure has gotten a bad rap.  Inevitably, when we hear “peer group pressure” we picture teens and young adults being drawn into drug use, ...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Behar/Bechukosai 5781/2021

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

   
 

Raining Bracha

In Vayikra 26:4 the Torah tells us about a bracha of having rain come down in its proper time. The Mishna in Berach...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Behar-Bechukotai / Pay attention to the cracks

We need to pay attention to the cracks, the sooner the better. In this week's Torah portion, the story is told of a man whose financial situation begins to...

   
 

Parshas Emor - 30 Day Pet Food Challenge

A couple years ago, a lady by the name of Dorothy Hunter – animal lover and owner of Paws Natural Pet Emporium in Kennewick, Washington – went on a 30-Day P...

   
 

Parshas Emor - A Child Kohein

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

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: New Beginnings: Insights on Emor & Lag BaOmer

“And you shall count for yourselves, from the morrow of the rest day from the day you bring the omer as a wave offering seven weeks; they shall be complete.&n...

   
 

Rabbi Yechiel Spero on the Tragedy at Meron (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Apr. 30, 2021  - Rabbi Yechiel Spero on the Tragedy at Meron Click on the arrow below to listen ...

   
 

Parshas Emor - One Size Fits All

At the end of Parshas Emor, the Torah conveys the tragic story of the “Ben Ish Mitzri”, the son of a Jewish woman, Shulamis Bas Divri from Shevet Dan and an...

   
 

Parshas Emor: What Type Are You?

In the introduction to the restriction for Kohanim from becoming contaminated from the dead, they are referred to as the ‘Kohanim, the sons of Aharon’. ...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Emor: The Chance for a Second Chance

In the home of my youth hung a decorative plaque with words that I will never forget. They are etched in my memory, not only due to their depth. More likely it ...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Emor / Time management

Time management is a matter of vital importance, even holiness. We read about time management in this week's Torah portion as it includes the mitzvah of co...

   
 

Parshas Emor - Today. Everyday. Change and the Challenge of Life

There is nothing permanent except change - Heraclitus It is told of a king who once offered his beautiful daughter and half his kingdom to anyone who could p...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Emor 5781/2021

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

   
 

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

The Gemara in Brachos 35b quotes the posuk in Krias Shema discussing gathering your crops. The Gemara asks, what is the&...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute-Pesach Sheni: So Close (Video)

Sometimes, success seems so far away and we are ready to give up hope, when in actuality, we are just a few steps, a few moments away from reaching our goals an...

   
 

Parshas Emor – Embracing Our Worlds

A strange and strangely familiar phrase is found in Rashi, commenting on the Torah’s introduction of the account of the mekalel, the blasphemer, with “...

   
 

Corona Diary #29: Lessons from Lag Ba'omer Legends

The festival of Lag Ba'omer revolves around two celebrated personalities – Rebbi Akiva and his talmid, Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai. These two legends lived t...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - Good Deeds Come in Small Packages

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

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Acharei Mos/Kedoshim 5781/2021

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

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Stopping tragedy with our words is not lashon hara

More than 150 years before the tragedies from staying silent that all too often make headlines today, Rav Yisrael Isserlein wrote about how to stop such tragedi...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - How Much Do You Weigh?

Of all the numerous laws outlined in Kedoshim, only one concludes with the assertion: I am Hashem, your G-d, Who brought you forth from the land of Egypt. (Vayi...

   
 

Watch RAbbi Yisroel Besser on Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - V'Ahavta L'Rei'acha Kamocha (Video)

This week’s parsha is אחרי מות-קדושים, where we read a plethora of mitzvos, including ואהבת לרעך כמוך. The Gemara teaches that this ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha: Acharei Mos/Kedoshim -Share the Blood (Video)

Blood represents a powerful life-force, a vitality which can be used to facilitate growth and spread it to others. We must refrain from ingesting the blood so t...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos - Eretz and Am Yisroel

At the end of this weeks Parsha, we find one of the first explicit references to the fact that Eretz Yisroel is fundamentally different than any other place on ...

   
 

Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - Nabisco Oreo Cookies

When someone asks me how to pronounce my name, I tell them “Ori, like an Oreo cookie.” I do happen to think that Oreo cookies are mouthwateringly delicious....

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Acharei Mot Kedoshim - Grab the Torah by Its… Foot !

There is a famous story in the Gemara (Masechet Shabbat, 31a). A gentile once came to Shammai the Elder and told him that he would convert to Judaism if Shammai...

   
 

Parshas Kedoshim - Loving Your Neighbor While Standing On One Foot

We know of the man who comes to both Shamai and Hillel, proclaiming his willingness to convert if he could be taught the “whole of Judaism” while standing o...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Rav Lau Speaks To A Bat Mitzvah Girl About Self-confidence

"I have no self-confidence," one of the girls in the Nifgashot workshop said to Rav Yisrael Meir Lau in a special ZOOM meeting that we held recently. Rav Lau, 8...

   
 

Watch: Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Emunah Minute: Take Responsibility (Video)

Sinas Chinam, baseless hatred, can be defined as conflict that occurs without anyone caring to repair and rebuild a relationship. During these days of Sefiras H...

   
 

Bein Adam Lachaveiro or Bein Adam Lamakom

In Vayikra 19:13 the posuk tells us that one is not allowed to hold back a paycheck from his worker for even a single night. The B...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Kedoshim / Our Great Challenge: To Practice Patience

Delayed gratification. It is one of humanity's greatest challenges. Rav Ayal Vered writes that Adam's primary sin was lack of patience – the inabili...

   
 

Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim - The Declne of Loyalty

It is literally impossible to reduce Judaism to one saying or one quick maxim. The study of G-d's will is too intricate, while mitzvoth are too sweeping to...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora -Bayamim Haheim Bazeman Hazeh

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

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed – Parshas Tazria/Metzora: Simple Hakaras HaTov

Many years ago, while living in the US, I had a wonderful neighbor, a rav, who would be considered “Haredi” even according to Israeli standards. His mode o...

   
 

Sivan Rahva-Meir / The Daily Portion, Tazria-Tzara'at / What Does Tzara'at Have To Do With Us?

At first glance, there does not appear to be any connection between this week's Torah portions (Tazria-Tzara'at) and Independence Day. These Torah por...

   
 

Parshas Tazria/Metzora - 230,000 Minutes of Gossip

Have you ever wondered how often people gossip? Thanks to a new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, you will no longer ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Tazria/Metzora

“G-d spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying: If a man has on the skin of his body: A white blotch or a bright spot …. The Priest shall pronounce him ritually imp...