“Parsha to the Point” – Devarim 5778

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Rabbi David Stav Paragraph This Shabbat, we begin the fifth and final volume of the Five Books of Moses. This Shabbat is also commonly referred to as “Shabbat Chazon”, so named for the opening word of the Haftarah reading: “The vision (‘chazon’) of Yishayahu (Isaiah) the son of Amotz”. This Haftarah …

“Parsha to the Point” – Haazinu 5778

Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52) Rabbi David Stav  This coming Shabbat Shuva, we will read Parshat Haazinu – or, to be precise, Shirat Haazinu (Song of Haazinu). God tells Moshe that this song has a vital role in shaping Jewish consciousness – which all of Moshe’s previous admonitions of Israel had not managed to do – and that …

“Parsha to the Point” – Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30) Rabbi David Stav  There is something truly unique about the Torah’s description of the Jewish People assembling to experience the sealing of the covenant between the nation and its God, as the Book of Deuteronomy comes to a close. Our portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech, states: “You are all standing this …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777

This week’s Parsha has been dedicated in loving memory of Harry Sher – Hillel ben Chona z”l on the occasion of his Yahrzeit (2 Tishrei) by the Charif family (Sydney, Australia) Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin     Efrat, Israel — “For this commandment that I have commanded you today …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5777

This week’s Parsha is dedicated with gratitude to Hashem in celebration of the birth of Leia Yardena Elison born to Nicci and Mark, a new sister sister to Kira and the second granddaughter of Ian and Bernice Charif (Sydney, Australia) Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29-8) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin     Efrat, Israel – “You must then make …

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5777

Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) Rabbi David Stav  We rarely have any hard and fast rules about which Torah portions must be read at what time, yet an age-old Rabbinic tradition maintains that we must be sure to read the parsha of Ki Tavo, containing the blessings and curses before Rosh Hashanah, so that we can merit to enjoy the blessings …

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tetze 5777

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Rabbi David Stav  The Torah contains many events and mitzvot, and this week’s portion, Ki Teitze, is among the most “mitzvah-packed” in the entire Torah. It lists mitzvot of all kinds, both private and public; those concerned with the relationship between Man and God, as well as those addressing relationships …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5777

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Do not withhold the wages due to your hired hand…that very day shall you give him his payment” [Deut. 24:14–15]. This Shabbat, the Eleventh of Elul, marks 47 years to the day of one of the most transformative moments in my life, in the most unlikely of places …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5777

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Dedicated in loving memory of Wendy Hartz by her husband, Michael Hartz, and family on the occasion of her second yahrzeit Efrat, Israel — “When a matter shall arise for you too wondrous for judgment, whether it be capital, civil, or ritual, you shall go up to the judge of those times, …