“Parsha to the Point” – Pekudei 5776

Parshat Pekudei (38:21-40:38)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Pekudei, which marks the conclusion of Sefer Shemot (Exodus), summarizes the steps involved in constructing a veritable megaproject – the Mishkan (Sanctuary). The parsha begins with a detailed account of the amounts of gold, silver and copper that were …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayakhel 5776

Parshat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) After the sin of the golden calf, Moshe ascends Mount Sinai one final time, beseeching Hashem to forgive the Jewish People. Sure enough, on Yom Kippur, Moshe comes down from the mountain, holding a new set of tablets that would replace the ones he had …

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tisa 5776

Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Ki Tisa centers on one of the most formative events in the annals of the Jewish People – the Sin of the Golden Calf. The Jewish People are eagerly awaiting Moshe’s return from Mount Sinai, but Moshe is late in coming, so the Jewish People decide …

“Parsha to the Point” – Tetzaveh 5776

Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Tetzaveh is the second in a series of Torah portions dealing with the Mishkan, the Holy Tabernacle. Whereas the previous parsha, Terumah, dealt mostly with the structure of the house that Hashem commanded His nation to build for Him, this week’s …

“Parsha to the Point” – Trumah 5776

Parshat Trumah (Exodus 21:1-24:18)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) In the heart of a vast desert, a large group of freed slaves is on the move. They have just fled the Egyptian empire, their pursuers having recently drowned in the sea. This group has no food sources of its own. Every day, these freed slaves receive a special …

“Parsha to the Point” – Mishpatim 5776

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Mishpatim discusses a wide range of laws meant to regulate the relationship between people and society. This legal code applies to murderers and thieves, guards negligent in the performance of their duties, those who caused damage to others, and …

“Parsha to the Point” – Yitro 5776

Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) A select few Torah portions are named after an individual, and it is even rarer for a parsha to be named after a non-Jew. Three individuals merited this privilege: Noach, Yitro (Moshe’s father-in-law), and Balak, the king of Moav. Noach is the focal point …

“Parsha to the Point” – Beshalach 5776

Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Along with the Exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt came some of the most resounding wonders and miracles in all of the Bible, from the Plague of Blood, which gorged the Nile River with blood, preventing the Egyptians from drinking out of various sources …

“Parsha to the Point” – Bo 5776

Parshat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) In Parshat Bo, the Torah proceeds with a description of the last three plagues – locusts, darkness, and the slaying of the first-born. The final plague afflicted Egypt on the last night – the very night our ancestors left Egypt. This night came at the culmination …

“Parsha to the Point” – Va’era 5776

Parshat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Va’era is a direct continuation of the stories related in the previous chapters of the Book of Shemot (Exodus). In last week’s reading, the Almighty dispatches Moshe with a message for Pharaoh: tell Pharaoh to release the Jewish People …