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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