“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayetze 5778

Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayetze 5778

Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Rabbi David Stav  As Jacob escapes from the Land of Israel from his murderous brother and heads for Haran, God shows him a vision of a ladder rooted in the ground whose top reaches the heavens, and blesses him. “And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall break out: westward and eastward and …

“Parsha to the Point” – Toldot 5778

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) Rabbi David Stav  “It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see…” [Gen. 27:1]. Why did Isaac go blind? Was this an ailment of old age? Or perhaps was it an accident that led to this condition? The Torah does not provide an explicit answer, but does imply that his blindness may be related …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Toldot 5778

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Now Isaac loved Esau, because the hunt was in his mouth, while Rebecca loved Jacob” [Gen. 25:28]. The watershed moment in Jacob’s life—the repercussions of which surface in every subsequent generation of Jewish history—is the act deceiving his father, Isaac, …

“Parsha to the Point” – Chayei Sarah 5778

Parshat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Chayyei Sarah begins with the death and burial of our matriarch, Sarah, who passed away at the age of 127. Abraham, wishing to bury her, needed a burial site. Since he was a newcomer to Canaan and people tended to bury their deceased relatives in family plots, Abraham was going to …