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Parshat Korach — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Efrat, Israel – “What’s in a name?”, wryly asked the great English playwright William Shakespeare, denying any connection between the appellation and the essence.  By contrast, “one’s name defines one’s persona”(k’shmo ken hu– as is his name, so is he), declared the Talmudic Sages, insisting that externals – and …

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Parshat Shelach Lecha — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41) Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…” (Numbers 13:1-2) The great sin of humanity was Adam’s disregard of God’s command not to eat the fruit of knowledge; the great sin of Israel was the Israelites’ disregard …

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Parshat Behaalotcha — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behaalotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) Efrat, Israel – “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.”” (Num. 8:1-2) This week’s Biblical portion of Behaalotcha contains an important insight into the necessary qualities and …

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Parshat Naso — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) Efrat, Israel –  “Speak to Aaron and his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel, say to them:  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord cause His Face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord forgive you and …

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Parshat Bamidbar — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) Efrat, Israel –  “And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of Reuven, Elizur the son of Shedeur. Of Shimon, Shelimuiel the son of Zurishaddai. Of Judah, Nachshon the son of Aminadav… “ (Numbers 1:5-7). For as long as I can remember, Orthodox Judaism …

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Parshat Behukotai — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) Efrat, Israel – What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic Sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great deal of light on these fundamental existential questions. Commenting on the verse which submits that …

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