Numbers

"Parsha to the Point" – Naso 5776

Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)  Rabbi David Stav  With one hundred seventy-six verses, Parshat Naso is the longest single portion in the Torah. While many diverse subjects are addressed, the case of the Sotah, the suspected adulteress, is unique. The Torah describes a situation in which a man is jealous of his wife, suspecting that, despite her denials, she …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)/ Shavuot  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Scroll of Ruth contains one of the most idyllic stories in the Bible, a tale of “autumnal love” between a widow (Ruth) and a widower (Boaz), within the backdrop of diaspora intermarriage, conversion to Judaism, and the agricultural life in ancient Israel.  The …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Bamidbar 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)/ Shavuot  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Scroll of Ruth contains one of the most idyllic stories in the Bible, a tale of “autumnal love” between a widow (Ruth) and a widower (Boaz), within the backdrop of diaspora intermarriage, conversion to Judaism, and the agricultural life in ancient Israel.  The …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Bamidbar 5776

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Bamidbar lends its name to the entire book of Bamidbar (Numbers). This name was not chosen merely because the word “Bamidbar” appears in the first pasuk (verse) of the book, but rather because the content focuses on the sojourns of the People of Israel in the desert as they …

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"Parsha to the Point" – Bamidbar 5776

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Bamidbar lends its name to the entire book of Bamidbar (Numbers). This name was not chosen merely because the word “Bamidbar” appears in the first pasuk (verse) of the book, but rather because the content focuses on the sojourns of the People of Israel in the desert as they …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Bechukotai 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I shall provide peace in the land and you shall lie down at night without fear.” (Leviticus 26:6) This Torah portion comes at the end of The Book of Leviticus, called by our Sages “the Torah of the Kohen-Priests” – the religious …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Bechukotai 5776

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I shall provide peace in the land and you shall lie down at night without fear.” (Leviticus 26:6) This Torah portion comes at the end of The Book of Leviticus, called by our Sages “the Torah of the Kohen-Priests” – the religious …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5775

This week’s parsha has been dedicated in loving memory of Hymie Charif – Refael Chaim Yeshayahu z’l on the occasion of his 2 Av yahrzeit by his family in Sydney, Australia Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  What unites Jews throughout the world as one nation and one people? What …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Matot-Masei 5775

This week’s parsha has been dedicated in loving memory of Hymie Charif – Refael Chaim Yeshayahu z’l on the occasion of his 2 Av yahrzeit by his family in Sydney, Australia Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  What unites Jews throughout the world as one nation and one people? What …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5775

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Moses said to the Lord, ‘May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s people …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Pinchas 5775

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Moses said to the Lord, ‘May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s people …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5775

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Balaam is an impressive and poetic personage who demonstrates the universalistic ideal that the Almighty communicates with gentiles as well as with Israelites. But aside from the exalted lyrical cadences of his pronouncements—which are very much in the literary style of Moses’ song of Ha’azinu …

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