“Parsha to the Point” – Rabbi David Stav on the Weekly Portion

“Parsha to the Point” – Shemini 5778

Shemini 5778 (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)  Rabbi David Stav Following Passover, we resume reading the regular series of Torah readings, which contain the inauguration of the mishkan, the Tabernacle. After months of fund-raising to acquire the funds needed to build the mishkan, and a

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“Parsha to the Point” – Shevii shel Pesach 5778

Pesach 5778  Rabbi David Stav We recall that following the Jewish People’s departure from Egypt, they found themselves in a serious bind, entrapped by towering mountains to the side, their oncoming Egyptian captors to the rear, and the sea up ahead.

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“Parsha to the Point” – Pesach 5778

Pesach 5778  Rabbi David Stav This year, the first day of Pesach falls on Shabbat, so we interrupt the regular sequence of Torah readings from the book of Vayikra (Leviticus), and read about the holiday of Pesach. The only indication in

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“Parsha to the Point” – Tzav 5778

Tzav 5778 (Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36) Rabbi David Stav This Shabbat, we will read Parashat Tzav. It is also the Shabbat the precedes the Passover holiday, and is widely known as “Shabbat Hagadol” – or the “Great Sabbath”. Some attribute this to

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“Parsha to the Point” – Vayikra 5778

Vayikra 5778 (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Rabbi David Stav This Shabbat, we begin reading Leviticus (Vayikra), the third of the Five Books of Moses. The first part of the parsha deals with sacrifices, prompting our rabbis to name the book “Torat

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“Parsha to the Point” – Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778

Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778 (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi David Stav In its description of the Israelites’ fundraising drive to supply the Tabernacle (Mishkan) with gold and silver for its vessels, the Torah specifies that Moses counted all of the contributions

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“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tisa 5778

Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) Rabbi David Stav No event in the history of the Jewish People serves as a better basis for their collective indictment than the story of the Golden Calf, which is described in great detail in

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“Parsha to the Point” – Tetzaveh 5778

Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)  Rabbi David Stav  This Shabbat, we will read Parshat Tetzaveh in our synagogues, and also remove another Torah scroll from the ark, from which we will read an excerpt containing the verses, “Zachor (remember) what Amalek did

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“Parsha to the Point” – Terumah 5778

Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)  Rabbi David Stav  This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, takes us to the world of the Mishkan and its various items, as we study verses focusing on the ceremonies performed in the context of man’s relationship with God.

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“Parsha to the Point” – Mishpatim 5778

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)  Rabbi David Stav  It is curious that our weekly Torah portion, Parshat Mishpatim, which provides the basic tenets of our judicial system – laws concerning servants; murderers and other criminals; specific penalties assigned to every kind of

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“Parsha to the Point” – Yitro 5778

Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)  Rabbi David Stav  As we read Parshat Yitro this Shabbat, we find the central theme of the entire Torah: the connection between God and mankind, through which the Almighty guides us, telling us which behaviors are appropriate,

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“Parsha to the Point” – Beshalach 5778

Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)  Rabbi David Stav  Many refer to this Shabbat as Shabbat Shira – the Sabbath of Song ­– on account of Shirat Hayam ­– the song of exhilaration sung by the Israelites at the Reed Sea, which appears

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