Deuteronomy

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30) Efrat, Israel –  “And it shall be when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have presented before you… that I shall cause you to return to your heart amongst all of the Gentile nations to which the Lord your God has dispersed you.  …

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Parshat Ki Tavo — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) Efrat, Israel – “When you have crossed the Jordan into the land the Lord your God is giving you, set up some large stones and coat them with plaster. Write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over to enter the land the …

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Parshat Ki Tetze — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Efrat, Israel – “When a man takes a woman and has relations with her…” (Deuteronomy 24:1) As a very young Rabbi I had the privilege of visiting one of the most revered halakhic scholars; Rav Henkin, already near-blind but still possessed of a razor-sharp mind. I shall never forget …

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Parshat Shoftim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Efrat, Israel – “When you draw near to a city to wage war against it you shall call out to it for peace.” (Deuteronomy 20:10) Despite the bad press we constantly receive at the hands of the media, I do not believe there is an army in the history of world warfare …

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Parshat Re'eh — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Efrat, Israel – “But the place which the Lord your God shall choose from among all of your tribes to place His Name there, for His dwelling place, shall you seek and shall you come there. And you shall bring there your whole burnt offerings and your sacrifices…” (Deuteronomy 12:5-6). Apparently …

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Parshat Re’eh — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Efrat, Israel – “But the place which the Lord your God shall choose from among all of your tribes to place His Name there, for His dwelling place, shall you seek and shall you come there. And you shall bring there your whole burnt offerings and your sacrifices…” (Deuteronomy 12:5-6). Apparently …

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Parshat Ekev — Rabbi Riskin (text)

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been dedicated by Mr. Albert Kolkin in honor of Cantor Linda Shivers Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) Efrat, Israel –  “Guard yourselves lest you forget the Lord your God…lest you eat and be satisfied… and your heart becomes haughty and you forget the Lord your God who took you …

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Parshat Vaetchanan — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)           Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.”  (Isaiah40:1) 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 Av.  And in …

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Parshat Devarim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)           There are two important issues which must be studied when approaching this week’s Torah portion, the first theological and the second textual. The theological question strikes us from the moment we open this fifth Book of the Bible: Moses is speaking with his voice to the …

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