“Shabbat Shalom” – Mishpatim 5777

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “When [Hebrew: ‘im’] you lend money to My people, to the poor person with you, you shall not behave toward him as a lender; you shall not impose interest upon him.” [Ex. 22:24] How can we ensure that Jewish ideals—such as protecting the downtrodden and …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemot 5777

Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Pharaoh commanded his entire nation saying, every male baby born must be thrown into the Nile, while every female baby shall be allowed to live.” [Ex. 1:22] In decreeing the destruction of the Israelites in Egypt, why does Pharaoh distinguish between the genders? …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5777

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the judicial interpreter’s staff from between his feet, until Shilo shall come, and unto him shall be the ingathering of nations.” [Gen. 49:10] While purchasing books in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim many years …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5777

Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Joseph fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on [Joseph’s] neck.” [Gen. 45:14] The poignant moment when these two brothers are reunited after a separation of twenty-two years is one of the most tender scenes in the Torah. After a …