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Parshat Shemini — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Efrat, Israel –   “Speak to the children of Israel saying, ‘these are the creatures which you may eat from all of the animals upon the earth: any animal that has split hoofs with clefts through the hoofs and that chews its cud – such you may eat’” (Lev. 11:2-3) The …

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Parshat Tzav — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” commentary has been dedicated by Annette and Marc Lieber in loving memory of Gerald Bamberger, z”l   Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36) Efrat, Israel –  What is the Biblical definition of proper service of the Almighty? To what extent is the sacrificial cult a critical part of Jewish Divine …

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Parshat Vayikra — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Efrat, Israel – “When a human being (adam) brings from amongst you a sacrificial offering to the Lord…” (Leviticus 1:1-2) The Book of Leviticus is known throughout our Midrashic literature as Torat Kohanim, The Teachings of Kohen – Priests. A great part of this third book of the Pentateuch …

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Parshat Pekudei — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Pekudai (Exodus 38:21-40:38) Efrat, Israel – “And the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Sanctuary. And Moses was unable to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it…” (Ex. 40:34-35). What is the significance of the symbol of the cloud, and …

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Parshat Vayakhel — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayakhel (Exodus 35: 1- 38:20) Efrat, Israel – ” made two golden cherubs, hammering them out from the two ends of the cover (“kapporet”)… The cherubs had their wings outstretched upward so as to shield the ark-cover with their wings; they faced one another…” (Exodus 37:8-9) So important and beloved was the sacred desert tabernacle …

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Parshat Ki Tisa — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11–34:35) 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 of the dazzling radiance of …

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