“Shabbat Shalom” – Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“Shabbat Shalom” – Devarim 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Zion shall be redeemed because of her moral justice and her children shall return to her because of her compassionate righteousness” (Isaiah 1:27). The Shabbat before

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:1-36:13) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – This week’s double portion records how the Jews finally cross the Jordan River on their way to conquer the Promised Land. The tribes of Gad and Reuven and

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent.  How could it, given its association with an uncontrollable zeal and

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Korach 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Korah, the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kehat, the son of Levi took Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav… and they rose up

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shelach 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…” (Numbers 13:1-2) The great sin of humanity was Adam’s disregard

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Beha’alotcha 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “The nation was ‘kvetching’ evilly in the ears of the Lord, and the Lord heard, and His anger inflamed” (Numbers 11:1) Why is there a marked difference between

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Naso 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Few passages in the Bible are as well-known as the Priestly Benediction. In Israel, the kohanim (priests) rise to bless the congregation every morning, while in the Diaspora

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shavuot 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Shavuot By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Our calendar moves from the spring festivals of Passover and Shavuot to the fall festivals of universal redemption and plenty, a journey in time that parallels a journey in space,

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Count the heads of the entire witness-congregation of Israel” (Numbers 1:2). The Book of Numbers opens with a most optimistic picture of a nation poised for

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Behar-Bechukotai 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Behar-Bechukotai 5783 (Leviticus 25:1-27: 34) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.” (Leviticus 25:23) “You must

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Emor 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Emor 5783 (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remove the blasphemer to the outside of the camp” (Leviticus 24:14) Our Biblical portion of Emor concludes with a strange and almost mythical tale of what appears

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