“Shabbat Shalom” – Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Vayechi — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Efrat, Israel – “Gather yourselves and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father” (Genesis 49:2) Death-bed scenes are usually fraught with tragedy; deep sadness at the specter of a life coming to

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Parshat Vayigash 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) Efrat, Israel – “And when (Jacob) saw the wagons Joseph had sent to transport him, then the spirit of Jacob their father came back to life” (Gen. 45:27) At the conclusion of last

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Parshat Miketz 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) Efrat, Israel: “The Lord shall broaden and beautify Japheth, and he [or perhaps He] shall dwell in the tents of Shem” (Gen. 9:27) Why is there no clear religious prohibition against the

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Parshat Vayeshev 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) Efrat, Israel – “They said to one another, ‘Here comes that dreamer!  Come, now, let us murder him and throw him into one of the pits….’” (Genesis 37:19) “We are such stuff

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Parshat Vayishlach 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43) Efrat, Israel – Israel’s military operation “Pillar of Defense” was greatly successful in ending the rocket attacks on the residents in the South whose lives were constantly being threatened by rocket fire from

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Parshat Vayetze 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Efrat, Israel – “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set…” (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother, Esau, to leave his ancestral home

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Parshat Toldot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Efrat, Israel – “Now my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty

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Parshat Chayei Sarah — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1- 25:18) Efrat, Israel – “And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had: ‘Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. . . . 

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Vayera — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1 -22: 24) Efrat, Israel –“And the two of them went together…” (Genesis 22:6, 8) In previous commentaries, I have queried which of the two major protagonists of the akeda (binding of Isaac) story suffered

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Parshat Lech Lecha – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Efrat, Israel – “…And he built there an altar to the Lord and he called out in the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8) Abraham is the first Hebrew, the founder of the Hebrew

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Parshat Noah 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32) Efrat, Israel – “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13) The rainbow is the symbol of

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shmini Atzeret 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) Efrat, Israel – “In the Beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth… Let us make the human being in our image and after our likeness.”  Why did G-d create the world? If G-d

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