“Parsha to the Point” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) Rabbi David Stav Paragraph The division of the Torah into weekly portions was not determined on Mount Sinai, and, in fact, is not an ancient practice (relatively speaking). There were times in our history when the Torah reading cycle took three years to complete, and the division into weekly portions was adjusted …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel— Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent.  How could it, given its association with an uncontrollable zeal and violence for the sake of heaven? But when we turn to the opening of this week’s …

“Parsha to the Point” – Balak 5778

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) Rabbi David Stav Paragraph Fearing an Israelite takeover of Moabite territory should the People of Israel pass through his realm, King Balak of Moab summons the prophet (and idolatrous wizard) Balaam and asks him to curse the Jewish people. Try as he might, Balaam proves unable to do the king’s bidding, and the parsha …