Leviticus

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behar-Bechukotai 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel –  “And you shall count for yourselves seven cycles of Sabbatical years, seven years, seven times… forty-nine years… you shall sanctify the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all its inhabitants; it shall be the Jubilee year for you.” (Leviticus 25:8-10) This …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Emor 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel –  “And I shall be sanctified in the midst of the children of Israel” (Lev. 22:32). The portion of Emor opens with a strange commandment to the kohanim-priests of Israel: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the priests children of Aaron, and …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27)                                                           By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel –  “And you shall observe My decrees and My laws which a human being shall …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Tazria-Metzorah 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33)                                                                  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel –  “Speak to the children of Israel saying, when a woman conceives (tazria) …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel: “And it happened on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus 9:1 )   One of the most moving rituals of the Jewish week, at the advent of the eighth day, is the havdalah (“separation”) ceremony, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Pesach 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Pesach 5780 By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – That Moses’ name is not mentioned even once in the Haggadah is one of the fascinating paradoxes in our tradition – the person who dedicated his entire life towards redeeming people is removed from the limelight on the one night when we focus all …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tzav 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – “And brought near the second ram, the consecration-inauguration ram, and Aaron and his sons leaned their hands upon the head of the ram. And slaughtered it” (Lev. 8:22-23) The second part of our portion of Tzav deals with the seven-day induction ceremony of …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayikra 5780

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated by Mike Aron in honor of Issy Aron, a remarkable example of Chesed, Resilience and Emunah Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel – “He called to Moses, and the Lord spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting saying…” (Leviticus 1:1) So opens …

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Parshat Bechukotai: The Covenant Between Israel and God

Parshat Bechukotai: The Covenant Between Israel and God By Rabbi Shlomo Brown, Executive Director of Midreshet Lindenbaum  Which covenant is this week’s Torah portion alluding to? Why does the land of Israel pledge allegiance to the Jewish people, even when they don’t observe God’s commandments or adhere to this covenant? This week’s portion centers on …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Bechukotai 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will cause evil beasts to cease from the land; neither shall the sword go through your land.” (Leviticus 26:6) What kind of world …

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Parshat Behar: Freedom and Identity

Parshat Behar: Freedom and Identity By Rabbi Shlomo Wallfish, senior faculty at the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva A person who sells his patrimony relinquishes his identity. No one would do so a priori. On the jubilee year, we realize that everything belongs to Hashem. Many stories and laws in the Torah are founded …

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