“Parsha to the Point” – Devarim 5777

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22) Rabbi David Stav  This Shabbat, we will begin a new book of the Chumash, the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy). The special name given to this Shabbat ­– Shabbat Chazon, which immediately precedes the fast day of Tisha b’Av ­– is associated with the first haftarah of the book of Deuteronomy, which begins: …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Devarim 5777

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin           Efrat, Israel — “How (eichah) am I able to bear your contentiousness, your burdens and your quarrels?!” [Deut. 1:12] Just prior to the conclusion of the 1978 Camp David Accords, U.S. President Jimmy Carter submitted a letter for Prime Minister Menachem Begin that caused …

“Parsha to the Point” – Matot-Masei 5777

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13) Rabbi David Stav  The first part of this week’s Torah portion deals with vows. According to Torah law, if a man makes a vow, i.e. forbids himself from enjoying a particular object, or contributes that object as an endowment or charity, that man must keep his vow. If not, he will be transgressing a prohibition …

“Parsha to the Point” – Pinchas 5777

Parshat Pinchas(Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi David Stav  Looking at our Hebrew calendars, we notice that we have now entered “The Three Weeks”, which began on the seventeenth of the month of Tammuz, the day the walls of Jerusalem were breached, and will end on the ninth of the month of Av – Tisha b’Av, the day the Holy Temple was destroyed. …