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Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You must then make the following declaration before the Lord your God: “I have removed all the sacred portions from my house. I have given the appropriate ones to the Levite and to the orphan and widow, following all the commandments …

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Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “If a man has a wayward and rebellious child, who does not listen to the voice of his father and the voice of his mother, and they warn and flog him, but he still does not obey them; then his parents …

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This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” is dedicated in celebration ofYakira Bryna Elison’s 7th Birthday— 28 Avby her loving grandparentsIan and Bernice Charif of Sydney, Australia Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the entire path along which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the desert, He …

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Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.” (Isaiah 40: 1) This Shabbat takes its name from our prophetic reading  (Shabbat Nachamu,  the Sabbath of comfort.)  Indeed, the entire month is known as Menachem Av, the comforting month of …

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This week’s Shabbat Shalom has been sponsored by Blima and Joel Abramson on the occasion of the Yahrzait of Blima’s mother Sara Ester bat Yehoshua Ha’Cohen   Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  The biblical reading of Devarim always falls out on the Sabbath preceding Tisha Be’av, the fast …

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This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsored by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain memory of Hymie Charif(Refael Chaim Yishayahu ben Yitzchak) whose 25th yartzheit is on 2 Av Parshat  Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And Moses recorded the places of origin toward the places of destination… and these …

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Parshat  Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay (or lean) your hand upon him.  Stand him up before Elazar the Priest and before the entire congregation, and …

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Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “My nation, remember what Balak the king of Moab advised and what Bil’am the son of Be’or…answered him in order that you may know the compassionate righteousness of the Lord” [Micha. 6:5]. Who, or what, defines Israel, and why does it matter? If …

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Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “God spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘This is the ordinance (chukat) of the Torah which God has commanded, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring a completely red heifer, which has no blemish, and which has never had a …

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Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “…for the entire congregation are all holy, and God is in their midst. So why do you raise yourselves above God’s assembly?” [Num. 16:3]. Where did Korach err in his rebellion against Moses and Aaron? On the surface, his argument appears to be …

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Parshat Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “Send, for yourselves, men, who will seek out [vayaturu] the Land of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel” [Num. 13:2]. Of the sins that the People of Israel commit in the Bible, the most serious of all …

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Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  What is the real meaning of love? And why is it that the Priest-Kohanim, the ministers of the Holy Temple and Torah teachers of the nation, must administer their priestly benediction “with love”? What has “love” to do with their specific leadership …

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