“Parsha to the Point” – Korach 5778

Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) Rabbi David Stav   This Shabbat, we will have a dispute in the synagogue. Korach and his followers rebel against Moses, and the story of the most infamous dispute in the history of the Jewish People plays itself out. Never before have we experienced such a terrible dispute with such dire repercussions, which …

“Parsha to the Point” – Shelach 5778

Parshat Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41) Rabbi David Stav   Parshat Shelach features the story of the twelve spies dispatched by Moses to scout out the land. The story ends tragically, when, after forty days, the spies return and cast heavy doubts on the nation’s ability to conquer the land from its present rulers. In response, the nation cries …

“Parsha to the Point” – Behaalotcha 5778

Parshat Behaalotcha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16) Rabbi David Stav   The Jewish People had encamped adjacent to Mount Sinai, and is now beginning its march toward the Promised Land. But before heading out, Moses turns to his father-in-law, Yitro, and proposes that he join them for the journey. Yitro responds: “We are traveling to the place about which …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behaalotcha 5778

Parshat Behaalotcha(Numbers 8:1 – 12:16) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “The nation was ‘kvetching’ evilly in the ears of the Lord, and the Lord heard, and His anger inflamed” [Num. 11:1]. Why is there a marked difference between God’s reaction to the complaints recorded here in the Book of Numbers compared to His reaction to …