“Parsha to the Point” – V’zot HaBracha 5777

Parshat V’zot HaBracha (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12)  Rabbi David Stav  It is interesting to note how Hashem chose to end His Torah: “And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the Lord had sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh …

“Parsha to the Point” – Haazinu 5777

Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52)  Rabbi David Stav  Many call this week’s portion, “Shirat Haazinu” (the “Song of Haazinu”) for three reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that the Torah itself calls these verses “shira” (song), as we find in Hashem’s instruction to Moshe in the previous portion: “And now, …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayelech 5777

Parshat Vayelech (Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Vayelech covers Moshe Rabbeinu’s final days before his soul departed the world. Oddly, at the conclusion of an entire book dedicated to Moshe’s warnings of what would happen to the Jewish People if they stray off the path, God tells him the following: “Behold, you will …

“Parsha to the Point” – Nitzavim 5776

Parshat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20)  Rabbi David Stav  The central motif of Parshat Nitzavim is the covenant that Hashem establishes with the People of Israel just before they enter the Land of Israel: You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your God: Your heads, your tribes, your elders – all the men of Israel… from the hewer …

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5776

Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)  Rabbi David Stav  Usually, the content of the Torah portion that we read is unrelated to the time of year it is read in, since we have a set order for reading the parashot, starting after Simchat Torah, when Parshat Bereshit is read, until we complete the Sefer Devarim (Book of Deuteronomy) on Simchat Torah …

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Teitze 5776

Parshat Ki Teitze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)  Rabbi David Stav    Parshat Ki Teitze encompasses nearly every facet of halakha (Jewish Law), making it one of the most diverse portions in all of the Five Books of Moses. It mentions interpersonal mitzvot as well as those concerning a person’s relationship with God. The halakhot it covers span …

“Parsha to the Point” – Shoftim 5776

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Shoftim deals mainly with the structure of government in the kingdom that would be established in Israel in the future. It begins by outlining a tribal judicial system for each city in the kingdom, which is subordinated to a larger central judicial system to which the entire nation …

“Parsha to the Point” – Reeh 5776

Parshat Reeh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Re’eh is the first of a series of four Torah portions that contain a slew of commandments the Jewish People is given as they enter the Land of Israel. Some of those commandments were already relevant when the Jews were in the desert, and are repeated in this parsha. This repetition …

“Parsha to the Point” – Ekev 5776

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)  Rabbi David Stav  Our rabbis said that the word “Ekev ” hints at things people tend to disregard. The greatest dangers that loom ahead are not necessarily horrendous crimes, but rather the little misdeeds which we have grown accustomed to committing every now and then that truly worry Moshe Rabbenu. …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vaetchanan 5776

Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)  Rabbi David Stav  Parshat Va’etchanan, the second portion of the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy), begins with a heart-rending account of how Moshe pleads with the Almighty to allow him to enter the Promised Land, even though he had sinned in striking the rock at Mei Meriva. God, however, refuses his request, …