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How to Pray on Purim

There is a well-known summary of the way we should behave in giving tzedakah on Purim in the Talmud Yerushalmi (Megillah 1:4): אֵין מְדַקְדְּקִ�...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yonah Sklare on Parshas Parshas Ki Sisa: Finding New, Contemporary Meaning in a Torah of Old (Video)

Rabbi Yonah Sklare is a Rosh Kollel in Baltimore, MD as well as Magid Shiur at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. His refreshingly creative approach to learning as we...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Tightening Our Belts

Of all the garments discussed this week in the context of the 'glorious and splendorous' vestments the Kohanim were to wear in their service of G-d, t...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: One Small Spark (Titzaveh)

V’Ata Titzaveh es Bnai Yisroel, V’Yikchu Elecha Shemen Zayis Zach Kasis La’Maor L’Haalos Ner Tamid   You shall command the Children of I...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Tetzaveh 5784/2024

Baltimore, MD – Feb. 2024 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Purim Cuttin?

The Gemara in Megillah 6b says that it is forbidden to eulogize and fast on the fourteenth and fifteenth of the first Adar. The R...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - The Kohein Gadol and Us

The parshiyos we are reading now and in the coming few weeks are sometimes difficult to relate to.  What does the clothing of the kohein gadol in this pars...

   
 

Parshas Tetzaveh - Our “New” Color

Clothing is an important form of self-expression. The clothes we wear reflect our personal tastes, preferences, and identity. Likewise, clothing often manifest ...

   
 

Why We Do

Important Intent The past two pieces presented Avot’s definition of the world’s goal as glorifying Hashem. This goal should impact not only what we do, but...

   
 

Parhsas Terumah - Gold is Gold

A number of years ago, I posed the following question and received back a number of nice suggestions which I would like to share. At the beginning of the ...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Let's Face It!

Early sources contemplate the correlation between the word for bread — לחם, and the word for war — מלחמה, which seemingly share the same root. In i...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - Internal Stargazing

According to the Digital Commons at Illinois Wesleyan University, a laboratory-based experimental study was conducted to explore the effects of stargazing ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Create the Light (Terumah)

It was an incredible structure filled with utensils meant to convey meaning and serve as the vehicle for our service of God. The Mishkan and its ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Shlomo Horwitz: Jerusalem Impressions - The Paratroopers Return to the Kotel: Emotional Swearing-In Ceremony for the First Time Since the Beginning of the War (Video)

Jerusalem, Israel - Feb. 15, 2024  -  After a long hiatus because of the Iron Swords War, yesterday marked the first swearing-in ceremony for soldiers...

   
 

Parshas Terumah - When "Giving is Getting"

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....

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Terumah 5784/2024

Baltimore, MD – Feb. 2024 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Flying High

HaGaon Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l (Halichos Shlomo, ch. 23) considers flying on an airplane a sakana (dangerous situation), and therefore one must always...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / “And Your Children Will Return To Their Borders”

In Israel, people walking in the street today will be smiling to themselves and no one will ask why.We woke up this morning, for a change, to this news: Two hos...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yonah Sklare on Parshas Terumah: The Mishkan as a Human Body (Video)

Rabbi Yonah Sklare is a Rosh Kollel in Baltimore, MD as well as Magid Shiur at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. His refreshingly creative approach to learning as we...

   
 

For Heaven’s Sake: The Jewish People

As we saw in the last piece, Pirkei Avot explains that the world was created for the glory of G-d. Though the whole universe proclaims this notion, man is uniqu...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Salvational Servitude (Mishpatim)

And these are the ordinances that you shall set before them. Should you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall work [for] six years, and in the seventh [year], he shall g...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - Living in Limbo

Of all the various laws enumerated in our portion, there is one that stands out, not only because it is the sole one that has a very specific consequence, but f...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Bullet Holes In The Wall And Letters Floating In The Air

Ever since October 7th, the police station in Sderot has been identified solely with the horrible tragedy that occurred there.  But now a powerful work of ...

   
 

Parshas Mishpatim - The Most Stolen Book

According to Guinness World Records, the Bible – which is printed at a rate of about 80 million copies per year – is the best-selling book of all time. It i...

   
 

Watch Address at Bais Yaakov: Tzvika Mor, Father of Hostage Eitan Avraham Mor, and Cousin of the Flamm Family of Baltimore Speaks Out (Video)

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 8, 2024 -Watch as Tzvika Mor, Father of Hostage Eitan Avraham Mor and Cousin of the Flamm Family of Baltimore, Speaks at Bais Yaakov This ...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yonah Sklare on Parshas Mishpatim; A Judaism Which Leaves You Feeling Lowly CANNOT be the Real Thing (Video)

Rabbi Yonah Sklare is a Rosh Kollel in Baltimore, MD as well as Magid Shiur at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. His refreshingly creative approach to learning as we...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Men of Valour

In this week's parsha, Yisro advises Moshe that he could not possibly handle the entire nation's legal issues on his own. Rather, he sh...

   
 

Parshas Yisro: Emotional Ambivalence

Do you have mixed feelings and experience a range of emotions just by hearing the term emotional ambivalence? If so, that is completely normal. In fact, that is...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - The Measure of a Man

The principals taught by R' Yishmael in the breisa at the beginning of sifra include thirteen methods of learning specific halachos from the context of a s...

   
 

What Is "In Our Hands": When We Determine the Results

What Is "In Our Hands": When We Determine the Results אמר רבי חנינא הכל בידי שמים חוץ מצנים פחים שנאמר צנים �...

   
 

Watch Rabbi Yonah Sklare on Parshas Yisro: Do You Feel that Your Life is Unglamorous (Video)

Rabbi Yonah Sklare is a Rosh Kollel in Baltimore, MD as well as Magid Shiur at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. His refreshingly creative approach to learning as we...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Spirituality Transcends Geography (Yisro)

They journeyed from Rephidim, and they arrived in the desert of Sinai, and they encamped in the desert, and Israel encamped there opposite the mountain (Exodus ...

   
 

Parshas Yisro - Reality Shock

The blessing that we recite prior to the groom declaring to his bride his intention to present a ring to take her hand in marriage, concludes with a blessing to...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Menu Options Have Recently Changed

And here goes my rant:I do not know when, where, and why it started, but there is a pretty much universally accepted norm for all companies to leave the followi...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Heavy Handed (Beshalach)

“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 ...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach - Shabbos in Hanoi

When the saintly Reb Aharon Rokeach, the Rebbe of Belz, escaped from Poland, arriving in Israel in 1944, he encountered the broken survivors. He had lost his en...

   
 

A Tu B'Shvat Message: Which Tree is REALLY Alive?

Tu B'Shvat, the mystical-lofty-unassuming-confusing-but-most-of-all-hopeful Jewish holiday in which we celebrate the New Years for אילנות - trees, ha...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Beshalach 5784/2024

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2024 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Bshalach - Emunah & Intuition

In this week's Parsha, we are told of the Greatest Nes done in the presence of mankind. 600,000+ people witnessed the Splitting of the Sea and all of the o...

   
 

Today, Tuesday of Parshas B'Shalach, a Segulah for Parnasa to Recite Parshas Hamon

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 23, 2024- Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach, is a special day. Seforim tell us that it is extremely prudent to utilize this day to pray for parn...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / From New Jersey to Gaza

This past Friday night I spent Shabbat with the Israeli community in Tenafly, New Jersey. A few minutes before Shabbat began, arriving straight from important m...

   
 

Parshas Bo -In a Favorable Light

Do you realize how much time, effort, money, and thought we devote to finding favor in other people's eyes? We engage in that endeavor in our closest rela...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Making a Choice (Bo)

Pharaoh continued his stiff-necked response to the plagues and refused to emancipate the Jewish people. His advisors told him it was a lost cause and Egypt woul...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bo / Everything is going to be fine

Lieutenant Yaakov Elian fell in Gaza one month ago. I met with Keren, his sister, at a memorial service for him that was held at the elementary school — Emuni...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Bo 5784/2024

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2024 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Picnic Pesach, Shehecheayanu on Shechita

In Shmos 12:46 the Torah tells us that the Pesach should be eaten in one house. Regarding Pesach we can kler two questions. The first questi...

   
 

The ‘Fours’ of Redemption

Bnei Yisrael were at the 49th level of impurity.  What merit did they have that would bring Hashem to save them and take them out from the slavery of Egypt...

   
 

Watch: Shiurei Sefer Yehoshua from Horav Michoel Sorotzkin #52 "Hikdim Zkenim leRoshim (Video)

This Shiur is dedicated לזכרם ולעילוי נשמתם of 2 קדושים who learnt חברותא together in Yeshiva and were killed in the war this we...

   
 

Doing Our Part

Though Hashem controls the world, we are responsible for doing our part. We do not determine the ultimate result but are responsible for making good decisions a...