Parshat Balak — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)           Efrat, Israel – “How goodly are your tent-homes, O Jacob” (Numbers 24:5) At the conclusion of the Pentateuch, which is also the conclusion of Moses’ physical existence on earth, the Biblical text records that, “Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the …

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Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Riskin (video)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin speaking

Atem Nikraim Adam” — We are One.”

In this week’s commentary on Chukat, Rabbi Riskin explains how all Jews are part of one entity as he prays for the safe and speedy return of our three kidnapped boys.

Parshat Chukat — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-21:35)           Efrat, Israel –  “The entire House of Israel wept over Aaron” (Numbers 20:29) Why was Moses, the greatest prophet who ever lived and who sacrificed a princedom in Egypt to take the Hebrews out of Egypt, denied entry into the land of Israel?  Was it because he …

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Parshat Korach — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Efrat, Israel – “What’s in a name?”, wryly asked the great English playwright William Shakespeare, denying any connection between the appellation and the essence.  By contrast, “one’s name defines one’s persona”(k’shmo ken hu– as is his name, so is he), declared the Talmudic Sages, insisting that externals – and …

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Parshat Shelach Lecha — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41) 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 of God’s command not to eat the fruit of knowledge; the great sin of Israel was the Israelites’ disregard …

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Parshat Behaalotcha — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behaalotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) Efrat, Israel – “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.”” (Num. 8:1-2) This week’s Biblical portion of Behaalotcha contains an important insight into the necessary qualities and …

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Parshat Naso — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) Efrat, Israel –  “Speak to Aaron and his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel, say to them:  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord cause His Face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord forgive you and …

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