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Rabbi Moshe Hauer

Articles by Rabbi Moshe Hauer

Representatives of Hashem

At the beginning of the parsha (1:8), our slavery in Egypt is described as beginning with the rise of a new king over Egypt, “who

The Joy of Holy Burdens

When Yosef revealed his identity to his brothers, he joined with Pharaoh in sending wagons to carry Yaakov and his family back to Egypt. The

The Root of Positivity

An environment in which people speak negatively of one another becomes rife with tension, distrust and toxicity. Indeed, the original exile of the Jewish people

Moral Strength

Our environment poses a constant challenge to our morality, specifically with regard to the core Jewish values of modesty and sanctity in the intimate realm.

Yaakov’s Authenticity

Genuineness in our relationships is critical. At the beginning of our parsha (32:5), Yaakov instructs his messengers, “This you shall say to my master to

Effective Criticism

 All of us occasionally find ourselves in situations where we may need to offer constructive criticism. Yet, effective and constructive criticism is an art form.

The Essence of Blessing

When Yaakov was given his blessing (27:28), he was told ויתן לך האלקים, “God shall grant you the dew of the heavens …” When his

The Ultimate Respect

A central mandate of the Jewish people is Kiddush Hashem, the sanctification of God’s name by making His presence felt in our world. Avraham was

A Heritage of Hope

 Anxiety is in the air. Everywhere we turn, concerns are expressed about rising antisemitism, and the future of our divided country. In this context it

Lech Lecha Loyalty

Loyalty is a core Jewish value and one of the primary elements of our legacy from Avraham, as evidenced from this week’s parsha. Avraham’s nephew,

Seeing the Divine in Others

In Parshas Noach (9:6), man is again referred to as being made in the Divine Image, בצלם אלקים. Yet the presentation here is different than