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099 - Bamidbar 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
100 - Bamidbar 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
100 - Bamidbar 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
100 - Chukas 4
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
101 - Bamidbar 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
101 - Chukas 5
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
101 - Naso 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
102 - Balak 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
102 - Beha'aloscha 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
102 - Naso 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
103 - Balak 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
103 - Beha'aloscha 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
104 - Balak 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
105 - Matos, Masei 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
106 - Matos, Masei 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
107 - Matos, Masei 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
112 - Korach 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
113 - Chukas 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
114 - Chukas 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
115 - Pinchas 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
116 - Matos 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
18 - Bamidbar - Gan Eden - Making The Desert Bloom
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
22 - Bamidbar - Levi'im, Loyalty and Passion- Fourth Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the 4th aliyah of Parshas Bamidbar, we learn about the family of Levi, who were chosen to serve the Kohanim in the mishkan. Levi is characterized by commitment—even his name means connected. This deep commitment and devotion to Hashem overrides passion and love, and it is what enabled them to kill their family members who had served the egel. We must ensure that our passions and desires are rooted in strong commitment and loyalty to Hashem, and try to live with the balance that the Leviim embodied.
22 - Beha'aloscha - Praying for Refuah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
When Miriam got tzaraas (leprosy) after speaking improperly about Moshe Rabbeinu, he davened for her to be healed. Health is one of the most common things that we pray for. There is a balance between taking medication and going to doctors to get healed, while recognizing that the Ultimate Healer is only Hashem. It is proper for us to take human measures to guard our health, but we must never lose sight of the One Who is in charge of it all.
22 - Naso - Emunah & Individuality
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
At the end of Parshas Naso, the korban of each Nasi is described in great detail, although they each brought the exact same offering. However, their intention was different, which warrants a separate description, as it becomes an entirely separate service. When we serve Hashem, our actions may be the same as someone else’s, but our thoughts and purpose are specifically unique to us. In these realms of emunah and yirah, every individual needs to work for themselves to develop and internalize these values, and come close to Hashem.
23 - Bamidbar - Carrying the Arks
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
23 - Shelach - Emunah and Ahavah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The meraglim (spies) were lacking in their faith and in a clear understanding that ultimately Hashem wants what is best for us. This fault of the meraglim is traced all of the way back to Adam's original sin in Gan Eden. Chava listened to the words of the snake, although they opposed Hashem's words. So too, the meraglim came with reports that opposed the word of Hashem. We must be careful to always listen to the word of Hashem, without listening to the Yetzer Hara or other forces that try to tell us otherwise.
23 - Shelach - Praying for Forgiveness
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
24 - Naso - Human Relationships
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In Parshas Naso, we discuss the sotah--a woman who is suspected of an illegitimate relationship. The korban brought is one of barley, animal food, because she did an act like an animal. As humans, we have a level of relationships that is above the animal kingdom, with the ability to become one with our spouse. Through our spirituality, and recognition that we will stand before Hashem at the end of our lives, we have the ability to achieve higher levels in our relationships, although our physical bodies come from the same components as animals.
25 - Bamidbar - The Two Arks & Accepting the Torah- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the third aliyah of Parshas Bamidbar, the configuration of the camp of each shevet (tribe) is discussed. This arrangement around the mishkan was the same set up that Yaakov instructed his children to use when they carried his casket out of Mitzrayim. All of Yaakov's children were unified in serving Hashem, unlike the children of Avraham and Yitzchok. This unity is essential for Hashem's presence to be among us, along with the purity that Yosef demonstrated when he escaped from the possibility of immorality. The aron (casket) of Yaakov and the aron of Yosef teach important lessons as we prepare to accept the Torah-lessons of unity and purity.
25 - Shelach - Parents and Children; Trust and Effort
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
When Bnei Yisroel cried and complained that they could not enter into Eretz Yisroel, they were worried for the sake of their children. However, they were taking too much responsibility into their own hand, and forgot to trust in Hashem who had carried them like a father carries his children up until this point. Bnei Yisroel rejected the values of the Avos who were promised Eretz Yisroel, and therefore, that generation could not enter the land. Rather, Hashem took their children into the land, continuing to carry them as a father carries a child.
26 - Naso - Hashem's Love for Converts- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In Parshas Naso, certain commandments relating to converts are discussed. Converts have unique qualities that earn a special love from Hashem-yet these are accessible even to those born Jewish. We are all given the opportunities to take the initiative and make major life decisions even when it may seem against our nature.
27 - Shelach - 2 Forms of Tefillah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
28 - Korach - Buried Alive- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The punishment for Korach and his men is a dramatic, unusual creation, as the earth opened up to swallow them alive. Korach's argument was not for the sake of heaven, and he himself was not destined to ascend to the heavens. When there is conflict for the sake of heaven, such as the arguments of Hillel and Shammai, even contradictory things can coexist. However, with an argument like Korach's that was not for the sake of heaven, everything will end up as distinct elements of conflict. Korach's entire being, physical and spiritual, were swallowed up by the earth, as he was not destined for the heavens.
29 - Bamidbar - Numbers and Shavuos- Second Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Sefer Bamidbar is referred to as Chumash Hapekudim, the book of numbers. Parshas Bamidbar, with its counting of the generation that left Mitzrayim, needs to be read before Shavuos. The counting teaches us about the significance of every individual, as Hashem counts us out of His love for each one of us. However, it is not simply the value of a person or day that we recall in this time period—rather, it is the idea that things have significance, and are important. Rather than glossing over matters with generalizations, it is important to understand that every single aspect of life, just as every single letter of the Torah, has value and meaning.
29 - Beha'aloscha - Menorah and Human Initiative- First Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the beginning of Parshas Beha'aloscha, Aharon is commanded to light the menorah. Hashem does not need the light-He is the source of all light in the world! However, it is important for us to take the initiative, and take the beginning steps in order to bring Hashem's presence down to the world. When learning Torah, which is compared to light, Hashem gave us the ability to determine what it is saying, and it is our job to make proper use of this "light".
29 - Chukas - The Stick, The Snake and The Tree- Third Aliyahh
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Moshe was instructed to take the stick when he went to speak to the rock, but was not supposed to use it to hit. This stick had functioned as a snake, and also as a tree-representing the opposite forces of life and death. The aron, ketores, and the stick of Moshe all have these dual properties-they can sustain, and they can bring death. We need to recognize that Hashem wants to do only good for us, instead of dwelling on the negative possibilities.
30 - Balak - Seeing and Speaking
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the third aliyah of Parshas Balak, Bilaam's donkey speaks to him when he sees the angel blocking their path. There are many elements of the story relating to sight and speech, especially when viewed in contrast to Moshe Rabbeinu. Bilaam tries to use his power of speech to curse, and is not able to see the spirituality in front of him. On the other hand, Moshe's ability to speak comes from his spiritual encounters with Hashem, elevating these faculties to function in relation to divine matters. We strive to use our ability of sight and speech to further spiritual goals, as opposed to Bilaam, who attempted to do the opposite.
30 - Naso - The Song of The Levi'im- Second Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
It is well known that the leviim sing shira, songs to Hashem, as part of their service. However, although Parshas Naso explains other elements of their job, it never explicitly mentions shira. Yet when a person is involved in Hashem's Torah, it should raise him up so that he will automatically sing joyously because of what he has. Therefore, the leviim, who are constantly engaged in Hashem's work, have much cause to sing shira.
30 - Shelach - Relying on Hashem- First Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The sin of the meraglim is rooted in asking to send spies, not the lashon hara that they said about Eretz Yisroel when they returned. Bnei Yisroel were not comfortable with relying on Hashem so completely as they did in the midbar, and wanted to accomplish things independently. If Bnei Yisroel would have relied on Hashem completely, their entrance into Eretz Yisroel would have been with the open, revealed miracles, similar to those of Yetzias Mitzrayim. Although it is important nowadays to put in effort, we need to recognize that ultimately, everything that happens is from Hashem.
31 - Chukas - Kibbud Av & Parah Adumah- First Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Parah Adumah is the quintessential chok, a law which is impossible for us to understand. It is atonement for the chet ha'egel-the mother cow is coming to 'clean up' the mess of her child. This is the opposite of Kibbud Av V'em, a mitzvah that is easily understood, and one in which the child is doing for the parents. For the nations of the world, it is very easy to honor one’s parent, as the honor of Hashem does not come into the equation. However, as Bnei Yisroel, we must keep all mitzvos whether we understand them or not, and our ability to honor our parents can be limited because of our necessary deference to Hashem.
31 - Matos, Masei - Two Wars- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The third aliyah of Parshas Matos discusses the war with Midyan, while the third aliyah in Parshas Masei discussed the war of conquest with the nations of Canaan. Each of these can be seen as a paradigm of war. The war against Midyan is in order to remove the ones who caused Bnei Yisroel to sin. Any spoils taken from this war need to be kashered and immersed in order to make them useable. However, in the wars of conquest, even forbidden items become permitted for use, as we conquer and reform the land in order to make it a suitable environment for us.
31 - Shelach - Giants, Oversized Fruit & the Sin of the Spies- Second Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The meraglim (spies) brought back oversized fruits from Eretz Yisroel, and focused on the size of the people and the produce. Until this point, Bnei Yisroel had only seen two modes of existence: a completely physical one in Mitzrayim, and the spiritual sustenance in the desert. However, Eretz Yisroel in different, as Hashem's presence is revealed within the physical, which can change the appearance of the people and the fruit! We daven to return to Eretz Yisroel when we will be able to partake of fruit that is enriched from the presence of Hashem, just like everything else in the land.
32 - Chukas - Miriam's Well- Second Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
There are two places where the Torah teaches us that the death of tzaddikim atones. One is found in Parshas Chukas where the death of Miriam is discussed immediately following the laws of the Parah Adumah, which purifies the impure. The other case is the description of the death of Aharon Hakohein's sons, which precedes the laws of Yom Kippur. Each of these tzaddikim taught us different ways to connect with Hashem throughout their lives. The life that Miriam led, and the be'er (well) that she endowed, is symbolic of the bond between Hashem and Bnei Yisrael that is quiet, simple, and yet incredibly powerful.
32 - Pinchas - Identity of Feeling- 1st Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
When Pinchas was sensitive to the tremendous chilul Hashem (desecration of G-d's name), it removed Hashem's anger. Pinchas reacted in the way that Hashem himself would have, which creates tremendous connection and closeness in a relationship. We are called upon to feel for the honor of Hashem, rather than only worrying about our own pain and honor. During the three weeks, when we mourn for the loss of the Beis Hamikdash, we worry about the lack of knowledge of Hashem in the world, rather than focusing on our own troubles. This creates a strong connection with Hashem, which will hopefully be revealed in its true strength with the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our days.
33 - Balak - Choosing Your Own Path
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the second aliyah of Parshas Balak, Balak comes to Bilaam to ask him to curse the Jewish people. Hashem tells Bilaam not to go, as the Jewish people are blessed. However, Hashem eventually gives in to Bilaam's strong desire to go. Hashem allows people to go in the way that they choose, although He does not guarantee that they will be successful, as seen clearly with Bilaam. In contrast, Avraham Avinu made his will whatever Hashem wanted, and was therefore led in the right direction according to Hashem's wishes. We all strive to emulate Avraham Avinu, making our desires in line with Hashem's desires for us.
33 - Matos-Masei - Creative Ahavas Hashem- First Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Parshas Matos discusses a person who makes a neder (vow) and must keep what he says, unless it is absolved. Although in many situations vows are not viewed positively, we have an entire structure set up in order to put vows in place for Bnei Yisroel as whole. Our chachamim (sages) set up protective fences, a sort of "communal vow" so that we will not come close to sin. This stems from a love of Hashem and desire to do what He wants beyond merely following the letter of the law. This positive sense of ahava (love) brings us closer to Him, through the boundaries that our chachamim set up to protect the laws of the Torah.
34 - Pinchas - Preserving the Divine Integrity of The Family- Second Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The Jewish people's purity of lineage is recounted soon before entering Eretz Yisrael. These two ideas—family purity and Eretz Yisroel—must go hand-in-hand, and are juxtaposed in the second bracha of Birchas Hamazon. The sanctity of Bris Milah as an integral part of family purity is an expression of our uniqueness. This is expressed in the beginning of the Parshas Pinchas as a reward for his zealousness in safeguarding the holiness of Bnei Yisroel in these areas.
35 - Matos - Fighting Midian-Second Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the second aliyah of ,em>Parshas Matos, we learn about Hashem instructing Bnei Yisroel to fight Midyan. Moshe Rabbeinu needs to take part in this war before he dies, and Pinchas is instructed to lead Bnei Yisroel into battle as well. These 2 leaders have specific connections to Midyan, and both of them need to fight against Midyan's corruption of the bris and purity of Bnei Yisroel. Moshe is above the bris, representing the deep connection to Hashem alone, while Pinchas fights within the realm of bris.
36 - Masei - Aharon's Death and Golus
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe