“Parsha to the Point” – Bamidbar 5777

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) Rabbi David Stav  This Shabbat, we’ll read the opening Torah portion of the fourth of the five Books of Moses ­– the Book of Bamidbar. Then, later in the week, we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, which our rabbis termed “the time of the giving of the Torah” (no explicit connection is made in …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5777

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –“And God spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they left the Land of Egypt.” [Num. 1:1] How can we transform a no man’s land into a domain of sanctity? The Book of Numbers, which we …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behar-Bechukotai 5777

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “I am the Lord your God who brought you forth from the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan to be your God.” [Lev. 25:38] Citing the verse above from this week’s Torah reading, our Sages make the striking declaration that only one who lives in the …

“Parsha to the Point” – Behar-Bechukotai 5777

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34) Rabbi David Stav  This Shabbat, we’ll read Parshat Behar-Behukotai in our synagogues. Most of the social and economic issues in Biblical discourse and the Jewish world are addressed in this reading. The first part of the Torah portion discusses the laws of the Shmitta (Sabbatical) year, which recurs …

אישה ופרשה: אמור תשע”ז

  הערך הכולל של המצוות לאורך השנה פרשת אמור סוקרת את לוח השנה ופרטי מצוות החגים, אך בו בזמן מזכירה לנו שאין להסתפק בהתייחסות אליהן כחלק ממערכת המצוות  בלבד, אלא גם כערך חשוב העומד בפני עצמו – אחדות …

“Parsha to the Point” – Emor 5777

Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23) Rabbi David Stav  This week’s Torah portion, Emor, while covering a wide range of topics, relates to the prohibition of sacrificing blemished animals: “And if a man offers up a peace offering to the Lord…it shall be unblemished; it shall not have any defect in it” [Lev. 22:21]. Later on, the Torah …