portion of the week

Parshat Vaetchanan — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)           Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.”  (Isaiah40:1) This Shabbat takes its name from our prophetic reading  (Shabbat Nachamu,  the Sabbath of comfort.)  Indeed, the entire month is known as Menachem Av, the comforting month of Av.  And in …

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Parshat Devarim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)           There are two important issues which must be studied when approaching this week’s Torah portion, the first theological and the second textual. The theological question strikes us from the moment we open this fifth Book of the Bible: Moses is speaking with his voice to the …

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Parshat Masei — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin speaking

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated in memory of Hymie Charif,  Refael Chaim Yeshayahu z”zl, on the occasion of his yahrzeit, 2 Av Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13)           Efrat, Israel –  “And Aaron the High Priest went up to Mount Hor at the word of the Lord and died there…” (Numbers 33:38) In this …

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Parshat Matot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Matot (Numbers 30:2-32:42)           Efrat, Israel – “When an individual makes a promise before the Lord or makes an oath prohibiting something upon himself, he dare not profane his word.” (Numbers 30:2-17) For me, the saddest Book of the Bible is the Book of Numbers according to the Greek, Latin and English translations …

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Parshat Pinchas — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)           Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay (or lean) your hand upon him.  Stand him up before Elazar the Priest and before the entire congregation, and command …

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Parshat Balak — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)           Efrat, Israel – “How goodly are your tent-homes, O Jacob” (Numbers 24:5) At the conclusion of the Pentateuch, which is also the conclusion of Moses’ physical existence on earth, the Biblical text records that, “Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the …

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Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Riskin (video)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin speaking

Atem Nikraim Adam” — We are One.”

In this week’s commentary on Chukat, Rabbi Riskin explains how all Jews are part of one entity as he prays for the safe and speedy return of our three kidnapped boys.

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