Rabbi David Stav

“Parsha to the Point” – V’zot HaBracha 5779

Parshat V’zot HaBracha (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12) Rabbi David Stav It is interesting to note that Hashem chose to end His Torah, “And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the Lord had sent him to perform in the… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – V’zot HaBracha 5779

“Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 5779

Hope and Faith Rabbi David Stav The holiday of Sukkot appears several times in the Torah, and is even discussed at length in Parshat Emor and in Parshat Re’eh. Surprisingly, however, our Sages instituted that the Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot come from a number of verses in Parshat Ki Tisa, even though this… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 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

“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

“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

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tetze 5778

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Rabbi David Stav In Parshat Ki Tetze, we encounter a commandment that speaks of a reality with which we are completely unfamiliar, the “eshet yefat to’ar” (taking a beautiful woman as a war bride).  Here, the Torah describes a scenario in which a Jewish soldier wishes to marry a woman captured… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tetze 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Shoftim 5778

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Rabbi David Stav Parshat Shoftim delves into the need to establish a judicial system in every town and village, for every tribe. The Torah adamantly requires us to maintain an incorruptible judicial system, forbids taking bribes, and so on. Our sages emphasize the severity of taking bribes, and describe how judges kept… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Shoftim 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Reeh 5778

Parshat Reeh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Rabbi David Stav The Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) is comprised of three important sermons delivered by Moses, and our parsha centers on the most important of the three, concerning the commandments. One of the most important commandments that Moses tends to emphasize concerns the rampant idol worship that existed in the world… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Reeh 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Ekev 5778

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) Rabbi David Stav In analyzing the Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim), it is the generally accepted practice to divide the book into three sections, one for each of Moses’ major speeches. In his first speech, which ends at the beginning of Parshat Va’etchanan, Moses recounts the history of the Israelites’ wanderings in the… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Ekev 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Va’etchanan 5778

Parshat Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) Rabbi David Stav In this week‎’s reading, Va’etchanan, while restating the commandment to preserve the ways of the Torah, Moses exhorts the people: “Diligently keep the commandments of the Lord, your God, and His testimonies. and His statutes, which He has commanded you. And you shall do what is proper and good… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Va’etchanan 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Devarim 5778

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Rabbi David Stav 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 is always… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Devarim 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Matot-Masei 5778

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13) Rabbi David Stav As we conclude the Book of Numbers, we read for the first time of any part of our people expressing a desire to take leave of the other tribes. We have already read about how the nation sinned, complained, and disagreed with each other – but this is a… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Matot-Masei 5778