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Tu B’shvat: Appreciating The Goodness of Israel

Chag Tu B’shvat At first glance, Tu B’shvat seems to be a mere technical halachic marker for the new year of fruits (as pertaining to fruit-oriented mitzvo...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Tu Bishvat / The Gift Of Learning How To Wait

When I got up in the morning several days ago, I noticed a WhastApp message that had been sent at 2:17 a.m. I quickly checked to see what it was all about. "Sha...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - The Way of the Wise-Hearted

The beginning of this week’s parsha briefly recaps the exodus of B’nei Yisrael from Egypt before going on to tell the events that followed. One pr...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Be Like Nachshon

In honor of Parshas Bshalach which contains the Song of Az Yashir, I decided to write this week’s Dvar Torah in a lyric style. Enjoy the timeless message of N...

   
 

Listen/Watch to the Torah Sparks Podcast: National Geographic: The Most Amazing Footage (B'shalach) [Audio/Video]

Baltimore, MD - Feb. 3, 2023 - Have you ever wondered how National Geographic photographers are able to capture the most exquisite and picturesque footage? It&#...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Sea-Splitting Laughter

Finding themselves between a rock and a hard place, with the sea on one side and the marauding Egyptians quickly approaching from the opposite direction, — ו...

   
 

Parshas Beshalach - Layers of an Onion

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. ...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Beshalach-Leave The Sea Behind

Moses led Israel away from the Red Sea, and they went out into the desert of Shur; they walked for three days in the desert but did not find water.” (Exo...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beshalach / To dream again

The following provocative thought comes from Natanel Peretz:"What is the opposite of a good dream? The American psychiatrist Thomas Ogden once wrote that '...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / America, sighs, and a call to action

Today marks 73 years since the passing of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, known as the Rayatz or the Previous Rebbe. His son-in-law, the Lubavitcher Rebbe with...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2023- Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach, is a special day. Seforim tell us that it is extremely prudent to utilize this day to pray for parn...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Beshalach - Shira, Geulah, & Tefillah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 30, 2023 - Often, we are driven to daven to Hashem for our physical needs, such as health, parnassah, and success. The shira of the Jewish ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Rosh Chodesh Shevat: Tu B'shevat- The Beginning Matters (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 30, 2023 - Tu B'Shevat (the 15th day of Shevat) is the new year for the trees - the day when the sap starts to rise in the trees in or...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Beshalach / Where Did Miriam's Tambourine Come From?

At a time when we are flooded with gloomy prognostications, the following episode in this week's Torah portion can plant hope inside us and give us strengt...

   
 

Watch: HaRav Yitzhak Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Of Israel, Comforting Response To The Terror Attack In Yerushalayim Friday Night (Video)

השיעור השבועי פרשת בא תשפ"ג מרן הראש"ל הרב יצחק יוסף שליט"א ...

   
 

Parshas Bo - A Cicada Invasion

This week's parsha begins with the plague of locusts which entailed a swarm of insects so great that it caused a darkness to fall over the land. ...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Who You Lookin’ At?

Have you ever been so angry at someone and blurt out, “I never want to see you again!” Pharaoh most certainly was. After the latest plague of darkness deb...

   
 

Sivan-Rahav Meir / The Daily Portion, Bo / How Do You Make A Revolution?

How do you change the world? What was the most urgent matter prior to our Exodus from Egypt? Rabbi Moshe-Zvi Neria wrote about this moment as follows: "It'...

   
 

Listen/Watch to the Torah Sparks Podcast: When There’s a Will, There’s a Way - Parshas Bo [Audio/Video]

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 26, 2023 - An elderly women struggles to let go of her fancy vase despite a blazing fire rapidly approaching. An egocentric football player...

   
 

Parshas Bo - A First Born, By Any Other Name

Every word, every letter in the Torah is used for a specific reason and purpose.  We are reminded of this concept often through the teachings of Chazal whe...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2023 - 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 / We Want Rain

"We are already in the month of Shevat," writes Rabbi Itamar Haykin. "Most of our yearly rain should have fallen by now, yet the clouds remain empty. The natura...

   
 

Parshas Bo: Time & Meaning: Each Second, Each Moment

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Henry David Thoreau is unequivocal in his harsh assessment of the way in which most men move throu...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Bo / Come!

The following thought on this week's Torah portion comes from Rabbi Aharon Darmon of Jerusalem:"The first verse of this week's Torah portion contains ...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: What We Gain From Pain

בֶּן הֵא הֵא אוֹמֵר, לְפוּם צַעֲרָא אגרא: (אבות ה:כג) Last week, we saw how Ben Hei Hei links the agra (reward) receive...

   
 

Parshas Bo - Ask, Don't Tell

The night had finally arrived. After centuries of persecution and brutal tyranny the night of our liberation was finally here. Moshe hastily delivered divine in...

   
 

Parshas Vaeyra - Kal Vachomer?

After being rejected by B'nei Yisrael "out of anguish of spirit and hard work," Moshe Rabbeinu is instructed to appear once again before Paroah. Moshe resp...

   
 

Parshas Vaeira - ChatGPT and The Secret to Happiness

ChatGPT is an AI (artificial intelligence) chatbot system that OpenAI released in November 2022. Without overdramatization, this powerful tool has been taking t...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vaeyra - The Promise of Tomorrow

Plague after plague pummeled Egypt, yet the heart of Pharaoh remained hardened and unchanged. Despite, his recalcitrance, God sends Moshe to warn Pharaoh and hi...

   
 

Parhsas Vaera - It's All in Our Heads

As the Maccos commence, there is a fascinating juxtaposition of words and phrases, relating to Paaroh’s state of mind during the process. Much discussion is d...

   
 

Parhsas Vaera - Virtual Unreality

Before the onset of the first plague — Blood, Pharaoh is forewarned by Moshe of the impending scourge. “So, says G-d, ‘Through this shall you know that I...

   
 

Listen/Watch to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Yogurt Explosions and Living with Passion / Special Guest: A. I. Parshas Va'eira [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 19, 2023 - Yogurt seems to have a mind of its own. It always manages to get on your shirt, and occasionally in your eye. Did you know, yogu...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Preparing for redemption: Breathe deeply

"It's cheap, accessible, and definitely worth it," Dr. Miri Avneri, a psychologist, began her message to me. "If only we could understand the importance of...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vaera 5783/2023

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2023 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Parshas Vaera - The Essential Vulnerability Of The Stranger

In all the years I’ve wrestled with Torah text, few things have occupied me as much as my desire to understand how being a stranger is essential to who we are...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Aviv Kochavi bids farewell to the IDF

Aviv Kochavi, Chief of Staff of the IDF, is retiring after 40 years of military service. This is an appropriate moment to quote an excerpt from his new book, "A...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: The Pain, The Effort, and The Process

The Pain, The Effort, and The Process בֶּן הֵא הֵא אוֹמֵר, לְפוּם צַעֲרָא אגרא: (אבות ה:כג) Because Masechet Avot init...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / To Live Life

There are people who are larger than life and Naomi Rotenberg, a member of our family, was one of them. Last night, at a memorial gathering on the anniversary o...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Va'eira - The Covenant of Emunah - 1st Aliyah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 15, 2023 - In the first aliyah (portion) of Parshas Va'eira, Hashem appears to Moshe and tells him that He will redeem the Jewish peop...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Vaera: The Enchanting Truth of What Lies Beyond Nature (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 15, 2023 - Does nature reveal or conceal the truth of Hashem? This is the fundamental point of departure between the believer from the non-...

   
 

Rabbi Reuven Taragin on Pirkei Avot: How To Be Free (Part 2) — True Freedom

אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן לֵוִי… וְהַלֻּחֹת מַעֲשֵׂה אֱלֹקים הֵמָּה וְהַמִּכְתָּב...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Three Months Here, Three Months There

After hiding Moshe for three months, Yocheved is forced to send her away for she can no longer hide him from the Egyptians. Rashi (2:3) writes that ...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Chayos HaKodesh — Holy Beasts

Initially, Pharaoh attempted to conceal his intention to diminish the burgeoning male population of the Jewish nation by instructing the Hebrew midwives to clan...

   
 

Parshas Shemos - Forward Progress

Forward Progress is a fascinating rule in the National Football League that states that the play is ruled dead at the spot where forward progress toward the opp...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Shemos - There is No Time Like the Present

The cries of an afflicted nation proved too intense to go unanswered. Hashem tells Moshe that he will be the Divine emissary to emancipate the enslaved Jewish n...

   
 

Parshas Shemos: 3 Divrei Torah from Rabbi Dovid Fink [Where Am I?] [Labels] [King of the House]

WHERE AM I? Parshas Shemos details the first time in our history where we are faced, as an Am, with perhaps our greatest challenge.  Galus. &n...

   
 

Watch/Listen: The Secret Sauce of the Jewish People (Shemos) (Audio & Video)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 12, 2023 - There have been hundreds of nations that have come and gone throughout the ages, and many of them far bigger and stronger than t...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2023 - 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, Exodus / To be Shifra and Puah

Ever since I read the following thought, written by Moshe Shimon Ofen, I have noticed a change in my behavior on a number of occasions."In the Torah portion of ...

   
 

Parshas Shmos - I Cannot Do It

How many young men play in a pick-up game of basketball and glory in imagining themselves with the ball, time running out on the clock, their team down by one p...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Shemos: The Viciousness of Verbal Bullying (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 7, 2023 - The Torah fundamentally rejects the notion of ‘’sticks and stones can break my bones, but words cannever hurt me.’’ As cr...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

Many of us are aware of the incident that took place on Monday Night Football with Bill’s safety, Damar Hamlin. The most shocking part of the story is that th...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Who Will You Be Tomorrow?

Parshas Vayechi represents the culmination of creation, the end of Sefer Breishis.  The world and its teva are in place, Avraham Avienu...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Never Give Up!

Just as Yaakov proceeds to bless Efrayim and Menashe, he pauses to share an observation with Yosef. He remarks how ironic it is that after having given up on ev...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayechi - An Everlasting Ending

This week is an end. This Shabbos marks the end of Sefer Bereishis, and this past Shabbos marked the end of 2022. It has been a year of ups and downs,...

   
 

Watch/Listen: Damar Hamlin and the Power of Unity (Vayechi) (Audio & Video)

Baltimore, Md - Jan. 5, 2023 -  On January 2, 2023, during Monday Night Football, an NFL player - Damar Hamlin - suffered a cardiac arrest which brought th...

   
 

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

Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2023 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddis...

   
 

Watch: Inside the Book: “Raising a Loving Family” Rabbi Shimon Russell - Full Interview with Yitzchok Hisiger (Video)

Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger interviews Rabbi Shimon Russell about the new book, “Raising a Loving Family.” Drawn from over 30 years of research, talks, and wisd...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast -Vayechi: Is Happily Ever After a Fairytale Fantasy? (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 4, 2023 -   Yaakov’s final years were a brief period of tranquility in an otherwise tumultuous life. Chazal explain that this was t...

   
 

Parshas Vayechi - Yaakov's Blessing: Ephraim, Menashe and a Lesson for our Lives

“May you be like these two, like Ephraim and Menashe...”  As a quiet dusk settles on Friday evening, ushering in Shabbat, we bless our sons with the n...

   
 

How To Be Free (Part 1) — The Freedom To Focus

אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן לֵוִי… וְהַלֻּחֹת מַעֲשֵׂה אֱלֹקים הֵמָּה וְהַמִּכְתָּב...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / 10th of Tevet: 5 facts

1. Today's newspaper headlines will probably not mention what happened on this day 2,611 years ago, when the headlines read : The siege on Jerusalem has be...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayechi / How checking the kashrut of chewing gum helped him find a partner for life

I have a lot to say about the wonderful Shabbat we spent with Young Israel of Scarsdale, New York. This community is led by  Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern who...

   
 

Watch: Inside ArtScroll – Episode 3:14: Rav Elya Meir Sorotzkin – Through the Eyes of a Talmid (Video)

Rav Elya Meir Sorotzkin, zt”l, became a rosh yeshivah at a very young age and, with “blood, sweat and tears,” as he would often say, built his yeshiva int...