“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ekev 5779

This week’s parsha commentary has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain honor of their granddaughter Yakira Bryna Elison’s 5th Birthday Shabbat Shalom: Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel –  “Not by bread alone does a human being live, but rather by that which comes forth from the Lord’s …

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Parshat Vaetchanan: The Right Path to Loving God

Rabbi Dr. Mikhael Ben Admon

Parashat Vaetchanan: The Right Path to Loving God How can we ask a person to relate to God through love?  How can a person translate the dedication, self-nullification, and sensual vigor felt toward the opposite gender into sentiments appropriate for the expression of love of Hashem? A trap may have been set for us, one …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Va’etchanan 5779

This week’s parsha has been sponsored in honor of the marriage ofOrah Schlanger and Saadia Tuchman With warmest wishes to the Tuchman, Stieglitz and Schlanger families for continued nachat and joy Shabbat Shalom: Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “And I entreated the Lord at that time, saying, ‘let me pass over …

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Parshat Devarim

Yael Tawil

Parashat Devarim: What is the most effective model for rebuke? Moses doesn’t just rebuke the people. He causes the nation to understand that each individual is part of a system, and part of a nation. What do his historical descriptions teach us about the end of miraculous leadership? By Yael Tawil, Principal of OTS’s Jennie …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Devarim 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel, on the other side of the Jordan…. And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the …

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“Parsha to the Point” – V’zot HaBracha 5779

Parshat V’zot HaBracha (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12) Rabbi David Stav It is interesting to note that Hashem chose to end His Torah, “And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the Lord had sent him to perform in the …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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