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Yom Kippur 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Yom Kippur Efrat, Israel – “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel: ‘Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to …

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Parshat Haazinu / Rosh Hashana 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana / Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)   This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” post has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia, in memory of Harry Sher, Hillel ben Chona, on the occasion of his 2 Tishrei yahrzeit Efrat, Israel– “On the seventh month, the first day of the month, shall be a Holy Convocation for …

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Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9- 31:30) Efrat, Israel – These two Biblical portions of Nitzavim-Vayelech always precede Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year of G-d’s universal majesty (Malkhuyot) – and this by Rabbinic mandate: “Ezra decreed for Israel that the chastisements of the Priestly Book of Leviticus (Behukotai) be publicly read before Shavuot, and that …

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Parshat Ki Tavo 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8) Efrat, Israel – “If you don’t obey the Lord your God and all His commandments and statutes, then these curses shall come upon you.” (Deuteronomy 28: 15) I had never been to this particular shul before, this renovated hospital turned into a synagogue about two miles …

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Parshat Ki Tetze 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (Text)

Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Efrat, Israel – “Do not withhold the wages due to your hired hand… that very day shall you give him his payment.” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15) An interpretation which I heard for this particular verse on the third Shabbat in the month of Elul 1970 in the synagogue of Riga, …

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Parshat Shoftim 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (Text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Efrat, Israel – “When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should …

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