“Parsha to the Point” – Miketz 5776

Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) The main narrative of Parshat Miketz is the story of Yosef’s exit from the prison in which he was incarcerated as a result of the false accusations made by the wife of Potiphar, Yosef’s Egyptian master. Later in the parsha, we learn more about …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayeshev 5776

Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Reading the story of Yosef and his brothers is heartbreaking. We have already grown accustomed to the tension between Yitzhak and Yishmael, and between Ya’akov and Eisav. But in those cases, we took comfort in the fact that each side represented …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayishlach 5776

Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Vayishlach begins with an account of a complicated process that occurred when Ya’akov returned to the Land of Israel after a 20-year exile. Ya’akov dispatches angels to assess the intentions of his brother, Eisav (the text may be referring …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayetze 5776

Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) With one hundred and forty-eight p’sukim (verses), Parshat Vayetze is one of the longest portions in the Torah. It mainly deals with Yaakov’s flight from Eisav, which takes him to Lavan the Aramean, his mother’s brother. While in exile …

“Parsha to the Point” – Toldot 5776

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Toldot provides a detailed account of the dismal relationship between twin brothers, Ya’akov and Eisav, yet within the narration of the tempestuous events affecting Yitzhak’s family, it manages to introduce a curious episode that resembles …

“Parsha to the Point” – Chayei Sarah 5776

Parshat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Ironically, Parshat Chayei Sara doesn’t deal with the life of our matriarch, Sarah. Rather, it discusses her death and burial. Sarah passed away at the age of one hundred and twenty-seven – a relatively short life for her time (Avraham …

“Parsha to the Point” – Vayera 5776

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Vayera begins with a story that provides a glimpse into life in the time of the Torah. Avraham Avinu is sitting at the entrance to his tent, feeling somewhat unwell. He had recently circumcised himself, as God had commanded him to do, at the …

“Parsha to the Point” – Lech Lecha 5776

Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) The main character in Parshat Lech Lecha is Avraham Avinu, founding father of the Nation of Israel. He is commanded to leave his homeland, Ur Casdim, and sojourn to the Land of Israel. He “makes aliyah”, where he would need to cope with the hardships …

“Parsha to the Point” – Noach 5776

Parshat Noach (Genesis 6:9 – 11:32)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) Parshat Noach, the second parsha in the Torah, relates the history of the human race using some of the most important and fundamental stories ever told. If we were to narrate these stories in modern terms, we would probably say that the concept had failed, …

“Parsha to the Point” – Bereishit 5776

Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8)  Rabbi David Stav  (Translated from the Hebrew original) The first parsha of the Torah, along with the eponymous first book of the Chumash, are aptly named “Breishit”. The name inspires a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. Though the parsha begins with the story of the creation of the world, we …