Deuteronomy

“Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1- 32:52) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the days of yore, understand the years (shenot) of each generation.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) Are we commanded to study world history? Certainly, I would say, on the basis of the simple meaning of the verse cited at the head of this commentary… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayelech 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayelech Deuteronomy (31:1- 31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I will surely hide My face on that day for all the evils which they shall have perpetrated, in that they have turned to other gods.” (Deuteronomy 31:18) But how do we narrow the gulf between a hidden God and a… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayelech 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim 5778

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been dedicated in loving memory of Harry Sher – Hillel ben Chona, z”l  on the occasion of his 21nd Yahrzeit (2 Tishrei) by the Charif family in Sydney, Australia Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)                        By Shlomo Riskin… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you come to the land which the Lord your God gives to you as an inheritance and you inherit it…. You shall take from the first of all the fruits of the earth which you shall bring from your land…. And… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5778

Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) Rabbi David Stav As the Torah enters its final stretch, we glance at the Jewish calendar and realize that the new year is fast approaching. “Siyurei Selichot”, the traditional pre-Rosh Hashana tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are gaining momentum, and shopping carts are filling with groceries at supermarkets throughout the… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tavo 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tetze 5778

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Rabbi David Stav In Parshat Ki Tetze, we encounter a commandment that speaks of a reality with which we are completely unfamiliar, the “eshet yefat to’ar” (taking a beautiful woman as a war bride).  Here, the Torah describes a scenario in which a Jewish soldier wishes to marry a woman captured… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Ki Tetze 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5778

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and God your Lord delivers them into your hands, and you…see among the captives a woman of beauty, and you desire her, you may take her to be your wife. When you bring her home,… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Shoftim 5778

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Rabbi David Stav Parshat Shoftim delves into the need to establish a judicial system in every town and village, for every tribe. The Torah adamantly requires us to maintain an incorruptible judicial system, forbids taking bribes, and so on. Our sages emphasize the severity of taking bribes, and describe how judges kept… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Shoftim 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5778

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “Judges and Executors of Justice shall you establish for yourselves in all of your gates…. Justice, justice shall you pursue in order that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving to you.” (Deuteronomy 16:18–20) In this opening passage… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Reeh 5778

Parshat Reeh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Rabbi David Stav The Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) is comprised of three important sermons delivered by Moses, and our parsha centers on the most important of the three, concerning the commandments. One of the most important commandments that Moses tends to emphasize concerns the rampant idol worship that existed in the world… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Reeh 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Re’eh 5778

Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You shall smite, yes smite, all of the inhabitants of that city by the sword…and you shall burn entirely with fire the city and all of it spoils to the Lord your God, and it shall be an everlasting desolation (tel); it shall not be… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Re’eh 5778

“Parsha to the Point” – Ekev 5778

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) Rabbi David Stav In analyzing the Book of Deuteronomy (Devarim), it is the generally accepted practice to divide the book into three sections, one for each of Moses’ major speeches. In his first speech, which ends at the beginning of Parshat Va’etchanan, Moses recounts the history of the Israelites’ wanderings in the… Continue Reading “Parsha to the Point” – Ekev 5778