“Parsha to the Point” – Shemot 5778

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)  Rabbi David Stav  Out of terrible human tragedies can come the most remarkable universal examples of heroism and humanity. Such is the case in Parshat Shemot. Curiously, although the Torah condenses hundreds of years of slavery and suffering at the hands of the Egyptians into a mere ten verses, it dedicates many dozens …

“Parsha to the Point” – Shemot 5777

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1) Rabbi David Stav  Yaakov and his sons haved passed away, and a new king came to reign over Egypt, who either did not know about, or did not want to know about, the special relationship that existed between Egypt and Yosef and his family. The new king gradually and consistently passes economic decrees to afflict …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemot 5777

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Pharaoh commanded his entire nation saying, every male baby born must be thrown into the Nile, while every female baby shall be allowed to live.” [Ex. 1:22] In decreeing the destruction of the Israelites in Egypt, why does Pharaoh distinguish between the genders? …

“Parsha to the Point” – Shemot 5776

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) The name of this parsha – like the name of the entire book – is “Shemot”. The name is derived from the two opening verses that list the names of the sons of Ya’akov, who went down to Egypt to escape the famine in the Land of Israel. Immediately …