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The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Chanukah 5782: The Beauty of a Modest Flicker

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 27, 2021 - So unlike the neon fluorescent holiday lights of other cultures, the Chanukah candle illuminates a small humble glow. This point...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Encrypted Messages

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / To Come Together On Happy Occasions, Too

"Shalom Sivan, my name is Yakir. I am 26 years old and I run a photography business with my partner, Meor. After the Meron tragedy we felt that we had to do som...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Parked Cars and Appearances

Driving a car on Shabbos is not recommended, to say the least. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that cars have been very helpful for us – J...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Sixto Rodriguez

The Torah openly tells us that Yosef’s brothers were jealous of him and hated him (37:4, 5, 8, 11). Ultimately, they wanted to kill him and only one single br...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayeishev - Filling the Empty Pit

“Now it came to pass when Joseph came to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his shirt, of the fine woolen coat which was upon him. And they took him a...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Saving Ourselves from Ourselves

When Reuven hears his brothers plotting to kill Yosef with their own hands, he immediately intercedes suggesting they toss him into a pit instead, leaving him t...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Vayeishev - Spirit Airlines Flight #NK433 [Audio]

Baltimore, Md - Nov. 25, 2021 -Are you curious what happened on Spirit Airlines flight #NK433? Are you confused why you should be curious about what happened on...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / A Thirst For True Niggunim

In my opinion, the roof of the Binyanei HaUma Convention Center in Jerusalem nearly blew off last night from the incredible energy generated inside. The occasio...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - Using our Kochos Wisely

At the end of Parshas Vayeishev, Yoseph is languishing in jail when a ray of hope seems to come his way.  Yoseph has proven to be an effective, even p...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeshev 5782/2021

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

   
 

Chanukah 5782 - Counting the Little Things

We are taught that Yaakov’s concern about “little vessels” brought about the miracle of Chanuka. In Parshat Vayishlach, prior to meeting Eisav, Yaakov ...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Parshas Vayashev: Secret of the Shoe- Why the Mitzvah of Yibum Serves as the Icon of Geulah

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 24, 2021 - Death, mourning, scandal— so many shocking, unsavory ingredients to birth of the moshiach. This enigma points to the mitzvah y...

   
 

Parshas Vayeishev - A Simple “Good Shabbos” Can Change The World

The Yosef saga, defined by dreams and cruelty; with Yosef’s brothers throwing him into a pit and then selling him to a caravan heading to Egypt, the tests and...

   
 

Using Hashem’s Name

The posuk in parshas Vayeishev (Bereishis 39:3) says that Yosef’s master, Potifar, recognized that Hashem was with Yosef. Rashi, quoting the Bereishis Rabbah,...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / In the memory of Eliyahu David Kay, z"l

On the surface, both of them were educators. The cursed terrorist Fadi Abu-Shkhaydam taught religious studies at the Islamic Rashidiya school in East Jerusalem....

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayishlach / A Day Of Homage To The Wounded

"Shalom Sivan, I am Aharon Karov. I was seriously wounded in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza 13 years ago. Today, the 17th of Kislev, is the official day of homage ...

   
 

Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Vayeishev - Yosef & Dreams- First Aliyah (Audio)

In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayeishev, Yosef recounts his dreams to his brothers. These dreams seem to be ordinary dreams, and the brothers are upset that Yo...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / The Senator's Shabbat

He's the Jew who made it to the highest rung of American politics. He wrote a book entitled "The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath," wh...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - I Learned It From My Mother

 Vateizei Dina.  And Dina went out.  Today, the mere words conjure up thoughts of negativity and of the recklessness of Dina in venturing out of ...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Respect is Earned

I used to (read: still) have a sweat band that I would wear on my arm while playing tennis. This fact alone has nothing to do with anything, and I am sure you a...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Rav Wosner & The Austrian Celebrity Singer

When Yaakov asked the malach of Eisav to bless him, the malach said Yaakov’s name would be changed to “Yisroel”, because “you have striven with the Divi...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - What's in a Name?

A special Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to our nephew Ezra Lifshitz of Migdal HaEmek on his bar mitzvah this Shabbos. Mazal tov to the extended Yeres and Lifshitz mi...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - You Are 'The' Best!

Menashe, the son of Chizkiyahu, committed many grave sins. He worshipped idols, placed a graven image in the Temple, he murdered many people and even killed his...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayishlach - What Do You See?

There are certain inevitable realities. Yaakov knew the day would come when he would have to face his brother, Esav. Would Esav be seething with anger, or had h...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Vayishlach - Just Passing Through[Audio]

Baltimore, Md - Nov. 18, 2021 - Is This World an ends or a means? Honestly, what do you think? Your answer to this question will completely impact the way you a...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Rain!

Have you noticed that it is already the middle of Kislev and the blessed rains have not yet come? Rabbi Itamar Haikin wrote about this as follows:"Drought distr...

   
 

Parshas Vayishlach - Do Not Be Jealous Of Riches; Envy Righteousness, And Pursue It

Money, power, position.  The fervent desire for and pursuit of these things has defined much of human history.  Our lust and need of these things, la...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayishlach 5782/2021

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

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Parshas Vayishlach: Coming to Grips With the Tragic Life and Death of Rochel Imanu

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 13, 2021 - The story of Rochel in life and in death is overwhelmingly heart-wrenching.The shiur studies the deeper meaning behind her pain,...

   
 

Heavenly Dust

In Bereishis 32:25 the posuk tells us that the malach wrestled with Yaakov until dawn. The Gemara in&nbs...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion/ With Gentleness

She is the mother of several small children and the following is what she wrote me concerning this week's Torah portion."In parashat Vayishlach, Yaakov Avi...

   
 

Sivan Rahav- Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayishlach / An idea to handle with care

Four years ago today, Chani Weinroth passed away after a long battle with cancer. The manner in which she dealt with her disease, including her Torah commentary...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - The Real Tznius

Tucked away in this weeks Parsha, unbeknownst to many, is one of the chief M’koros the Gemara uses for the Mida of Tznius.   The Gemara cites Rochel...

   
 

Watch: Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Vayeitzei / The Gross Family And The Greatest Miracle On Earth (Video)

The video of this Bar Mitzvah was all over the media and social networks. Seven years ago, Shimon and Michal Gross lost their two daughters, Avigail and Yael, t...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Let's Make a Deal

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le�...

   
 

Parshas Vayetzei - The Claw Game

When was the last time you played that claw game at an amusement park? You know what I’m talking about, right? You spend around five bucks to handle a joystic...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei -The Israeli Police Officer Knocked Unconscious

Yaakov worked 7 long years to earn Rachel's hand in marriage. When Lavan tricked Yaakov on his very wedding night and had the audacity to switch his intend...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Vayeitzei - Heed the HEad

And Jacob left Beer Sheba, and he went to Haran. And he arrived at the place and lodged there because the sun had set, and he took some of the stones of the pla...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Three little stories about a great man

Today is the 70th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Charlap. Rabbi Charlap was one of Rabbi Kook's elite students. Rabbi Charlap was the rab...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed - Vayetzei: The Sin of Omission

The story of Yaakov and his wives is the story of the Jewish people. The 12 Tribes came from the union of Yaakov and one of his four wives. And this story is no...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: Vayetzei - Everyone is on a Journey [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 11, 2021  - Life is full of movement. We are constantly going from point A to point B, and so on . How can we, despite all of life...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Vayeitzei 5782/2021

Baltimore, MD – Nov. 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, Vayeitzei / The Power Of Love

The people around us influence us, for better or for worse. In this week's Torah portion we learn how true this is from Yaakov's first encounter with ...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - Like a Man Whose Mother Consoles So Will I Console You [On the Occasion of My Mother's First Yahrzeit]

As I commemorate the first yahrtzeit of my dear mother, I would like to share an exquisite handwritten document we found among her papers that she evidently pen...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei - One Day ata a Time

There is a Chinese saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  The wisdom of this adage is evident to anyone who has ever embar...

   
 

The Rabbi Yonah Sklare Podcast - Parshas Vayatzai: How Leah Teaches Us To Say Thank You

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 9, 2021 -  Leah is the Torah's model for how to give thanks. But what is so unique about her way of showing appreciation? The key...

   
 

Going or Coming

In Bereishis 28:10 the posuk tells us that Yaakov left Beer Sheva and went to Charan. Rashi asks why does...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Weekly Portion, Vayeitzei / Above All, To Dream

The most practical thing that we can do is to dream. Above all, to dream. In this week's Torah portion, Yaakov Avinu leaves home for the first time and enc...

   
 

Parshas Vayeitzei: To the Lighthouse

A lonely and penniless man flees his murderous brother. Ya'akov falls asleep on sacred ground and dreams of angels and ladders. Prior to this evening, Hash...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Toldot / A salute to those who persevere

How often do we stop to salute the quiet people, the dedicated ones, those who persevere? Let's admit that the story of the life of Yitzchak Avinu seems mu...

   
 

Parshas Toldos - Polo Ralph Lauren

Did you ever wonder why there is oftentimes the number 3 embroidered on a Polo Ralph Lauren shirt? Honestly, I never really thought about this, until recently, ...

   
 

Parashat Toldos - Dropbox, Pinterest, and Billionaire Bill Hwang

And Eisav said, “Look, I am going to die, so of what use to me is the bechorah (birthright)?...thus, Eisav scorned the bechorah” (25;32-34). Rashi explains...

   
 

Parashat Toldos: Location, Location, Location

This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my rebbe and Rosh HaYeshivah of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Harav Yaakov Mosh...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / It's never too late to find out who you are?

Today is the 1st of Kislev, a month synonymous with miracles, with Jewish resolve, with heroism, and with proud assertion of Jewish identity. I was privileged t...

   
 

Listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast: I Am a Construction Worker [Audio]

Baltimore, MD - Nov. 5, 2021  - Did you ever think you would be a part of the construction of the Bais Hamikdash? In this week's Torah Sparks podcast,...

   
 

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: Toldos - Unearthing the Water

“And Isaac loved Esav because [his] game was in his mouth, but Rebecca loved Jacob (Bereishis 25:28).”  Things don’t always go according t...

   
 

Parashat Toldos - A Matter of Perspective

Yitzchok and Rivka were both pleading with G-d to grant them a child. The Torah asserts that indeed ‘G-d granted his plea.’ The Talmud points out that the ...

   
 

The Parsha in Chesed - Toldot: Nurturing Natures

There is a classic debate as to whether children are the product of nature or nurture. The dichotomy of Yaakov and Eisav would seem to be a vote for nature bein...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / We have no right to keep our knowledge to ourselves

The annual International Conference of Chabad emissaries, following a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, has returned. Last weekend, more than 4,000 emissari...

   
 

Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Toldos 5782/2021

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

   
 

Parashat Toldos - Balancing Love and Guidance

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...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Not to miss the Sigd

"Shalom Sivan, my name is Hodaya Mekonen. Tomorrow is the holiday of the Sigd and I want to suggest that no one should miss it. For many, I suppose today is sim...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / To Be Somebody

Lior Shai, a charmingly radiant Breslov Chasid, passed away last week. Several years ago, at the Bar Mitzvah of Neryiah, his firstborn son, I heard from him the...

   
 

Parashat Toldot - Run Away, Run Away

We know precious little about Yitzchak’s life. Unlike his father and his son, he lived a very pedestrian lifestyle, waging no wars, never traveling abroad and...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Chayei Sarah / When Kindness Breaks Through Bureaucracy

Before we went on our Shlichut (mission) to the United States, we rented a house and a car and registered our children for school. We did all of this from Israe...

   
 

Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion, Chayei Sarah / What Can We Learn From The First Shidduch In History?

Tzuriel Gabizon, founder of "Project 252" for those searching for a lifetime partner, wrote several rules regarding the shidduch process. These rules are based ...

   
 

A Layman's Guide to Marriage

Question #1: "A friend's son in Yeshiva in Israel got engaged to a local girl, and my friends were told that there will be a tena’im. I thought only cha...

   
 

Parshas Chayei Sarah - Wrong Today, Right Tomorrow

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...