“Parsha to the Point” – Noach 5778

Parshat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) Rabbi David Stav  Barely a single portion of the Torah has been concluded, and already God has decided to destroy the entire universe. The optimistic mood echoed in the verse, “And God saw all He had done and behold, it was very good” has given way to a more foreboding atmosphere, heralded …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Noach 5778

Parshat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, so that they shall not understand one another’s speech” (Genesis 11:7)   What is the connection between Adam’s existential state of aloneness and the tragic social isolation which results from the Tower of Babel, when one …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Simchat Torah 5778

Simchat Torah 5778 Rabbi David Stav  Perhaps one of the Jewish people’s most unique – and bizarre – holidays is Simchat Torah. I often ask myself what possesses both young and old to encircle the bima at the synagogue in a never-ending frenzied dance, sweat pouring off their faces. What gets them going? Why are they …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Simchat Torah 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Simchat Torah 5778 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the teaching of Moses, My servant, the laws and ordinances that I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.” . The truest essence of reality is not necessarily that which meets the eye; indeed, often times things and people are not what they …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Sukkot 5778 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “…in order that your ensuing generations will know that I had the People of Israel live in sukkot when I took them out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God” . One of the most colorful and engaging holidays of the …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 5778

Sukkot 5778 Rabbi David Stav  Sukkot is a particularly festive and beloved holiday, and indeed, the Torah specifically commands us to be joyful on these days . The uniquely celebratory nature of Sukkot is perhaps best demonstrated by the special water-drawing celebration in the Temple, Simchat Beit Hashoeva, which took place during the intermediate days of …

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Shabbat Shuva 5778 – Video

Rabbi Riskin speaking

“Repentance Has the Power to Transform Transgressions Into Merits. How is that Possible?” Watch Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Shabbat Shuva 5778 drasha (in English), delivered in memory of Gini and Hans Bachrach z”l, at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Chana and Yaakov Tilles Campus in Jerusalem (September 27, 2017) Facebook livestream:

“Parsha to the Point” – Yom Kippur 5778

Yom Kippur 5778 Rabbi David Stav  If you were to peruse the streets of Israel on the evening of Yom Kippur, you couldn’t help but notice the unique atmosphere, as a blanket of majestic beauty settles on the physical world around you. As the services conclude in synagogues, thousands of people, many of them dressed or …

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Out of the Synagogues and into the Public Realm

Out of the Synagogues and Into the Public Realm: Rosh Hashana for Everyone (click for photos) “Tens of people gathered around to hear me blow shofar in the public park,” recounts Mordechai Harel, the Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Hod Hasharon. “Right after I started, I noticed a family on bicycles that stopped still, dismounted …

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