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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) Efrat, Israel – “In the Beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth… Let us make the human being in our image and after our likeness.”  Why did G-d create the world? If G-d is the All-in-All and perfectly sufficient within Himself, why the necessity for a world? And …

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Shabbat Shalom: The Festival of Sukkot Efrat, Israel – “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt…” (Leviticus 23:42-43) Why do we sit in the sukkah for seven …

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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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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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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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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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