Exodus

“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – “You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day” (Exodus 35:3) The Sages of the Talmud query the significance of this verse; after all, the Bible commands us in several places not to do …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Ki Tisa 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Two Tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29) What is the significance …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tetzaveh 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Now you bring near to yourself Aaron your brother and his sons with him…. to minister to Me. You shall make vestments of sanctity for Aaron your brother, for honor and splendor” (Exodus 28:1,2)  The two leaders during this interim …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Terumah 5780

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by Ian and Bernice Charif of Sydney Australiain honour of the birth of their granddaughter, Ellie Yona Charifon 23 Shevat/17 February 2020 Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Mishpatim 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “If your brother becomes destitute and is then sold to you, you shall not make him work like a slave” (Leviticus 25:39) If indeed Judaism gave the world the idea and ideal of freedom – “I am the Lord thy …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Yitro 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And now, if you will surely hearken to my voice and observe My Covenant, then you shall be for Me a chosen treasure (segulah) from amongst all the nations, because all of the earth is Mine And you shall be …

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Parshat Beshalach: The Nachshon ben Aminadav Effect

Rav Ohad Teharlev

Parashat Beshalach: The Nachshon ben Aminadav Effect How can we explain the juxtaposition of Nachshon Ben Aminadav’s leap into the Red Sea and our annual Tu B’Shvat (Jewish Arbor Day), and who has been following in Nachshon’s footsteps in the last few generations? Rabbi Ohad Teharlev is the Director of Israeli Programs at Midreshet Lindenbaum …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Beshalach 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the children of Israel and let them move forward’” (Exodus 14:15) Chapters 14 and 15 of the Book of Exodus are among the most significant in …

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Parshat Bo: The Significance of Hardening One’s Heart

Keren Kirshenbaum

Parashat Bo: The Significance of Hardening One’s Heart We need a real leader. We must seek out those who are most humble. The ones without personal interests. The strong. The ones who are up to the task, who can hear and listen to the nation and its advisors, and aren’t closed off or just “spewing.” …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Bo 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “When your children will say to you, ‘What is this service to you?’ You shall say, ‘It is the Passover service to God’” Why does the author of the Haggada call the questioner in this sequence “the wicked child”? The …

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Parshat Va’era: The Plague of Boils, the Book of Job, and an Ironic Allusion

Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner

Parashat Va’era: The Plague of Boils (Shechin), the Book of Job, and an Ironic Allusion Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner is the chairman of the Susi Bradfield Institute for Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and lecturer in Bible and Philosophy of Halakha. The plague of Boils (Shechin) appears thirteen times in the Tanach, in various passages. Five …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vaera 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vaera (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What makes Moses Moses? He is certainly the consummate prophet, the man of G-d whose vision of ethical monotheism was expressed in a moral code of law which commands to this very day, more than 4000 years later. He is …

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