“Parsha to the Point” – Vayikra 5777

Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Rabbi David Stav  Parashat Vayikra is completely devoted to the various types of offerings any individual may bring to the Temple. They may either be voluntary or a fulfillment of a commandment from the Torah, with the aim of atoning for some type of sin. When people in the modern age encounter the world of …

אישה ופרשה: ויקהל-פקודי תשע”ז

  יוצרים קהילה פרשת ויקהל מביאה עמה רגע מיוחד בו בני ישראל מתחילים את תהליך הפיכתם מקהל של אינדיבידואלים לקהילה שהינה ישות אחת הילה סמו מדור פרשת השבוע של אתר כיפה, כ”ח אדר תשע”ז, 26/03/2017 פרשתנו …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayikra 5777

Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Speak to the children of Israel, when any human being of you shall bring from themselves a sacrifice to God from the cattle, from the herd or from the flock…” [Lev. 1:2] What does it mean to be a human being? Are we the “social animal” of Aristotle? The thinking …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi David Stav  Vayakhel and Pekudei, this week’s double Torah portion, contain an elaborate depiction of the Mishkan [Sanctuary] and its vessels, instructions for how we are to obtain the funds needed for building the structure, the production blueprints, and a detailed description of the service …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And he erected the courtyard around the sanctuary and the altar, set up the screen gate of the courtyard; and Moses completed the work.” [Ex. 40:33] Why repeat all the details of the construction of the Mishkan after we have already heard them when they …