parshat hashavua

“Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1- 32:52) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the days of yore, understand the years (shenot) of each generation.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) Are we commanded to study world history? Certainly, I would say, on the basis of the simple meaning of the verse cited at the head of this commentary… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5779

“Parsha to the Point” – Yom Kippur 5779

To Forgive and Be Forgiven Rabbi David Stav Yom Kippur is upon us, and anyone who has ever been hurt by a friend, or just some other individual (haven’t we all?) knows exactly how hard it is to forgive. Those on the receiving end have nothing but their anger to use as a defense. With what… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Yom Kippur 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayelech 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayelech Deuteronomy (31:1- 31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I will surely hide My face on that day for all the evils which they shall have perpetrated, in that they have turned to other gods.” (Deuteronomy 31:18) But how do we narrow the gulf between a hidden God and a… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayelech 5779

“Parsha to the Point” – Rosh Hashana 5779

Blowing the Shofar: The Voice of Freedom Rabbi David Stav One of the symbols most closely identified with Rosh Hashanah is the shofar. Shofar motifs adorned Jewish New Year’s postcards back when people sent postcards to each other. We sound the shofar dozens of times during the month of Elul, reaching the climax on the holiday… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Rosh Hashana 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim 5778

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been dedicated in loving memory of Harry Sher – Hillel ben Chona, z”l  on the occasion of his 21nd Yahrzeit (2 Tishrei) by the Charif family in Sydney, Australia Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)                        By Shlomo Riskin… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you come to the land which the Lord your God gives to you as an inheritance and you inherit it…. You shall take from the first of all the fruits of the earth which you shall bring from your land…. And… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5778

Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) Rabbi David Stav As the Torah enters its final stretch, we glance at the Jewish calendar and realize that the new year is fast approaching. “Siyurei Selichot”, the traditional pre-Rosh Hashana tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are gaining momentum, and shopping carts are filling with groceries at supermarkets throughout the… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5778