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Parshat Vayeshev 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

RSR teaching Straus Seminary and Machanaim boys

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) Efrat, Israel – “They said to one another, ‘Here comes that dreamer!  Come, now, let us murder him and throw him into one of the pits….’” (Genesis 37:19) “We are such stuff as dreams are made of.”  (Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1) From our Biblical portion …

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Parshat Vayishlach 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43) Efrat, Israel – Israel’s military operation “Pillar of Defense” was greatly successful in ending the rocket attacks on the residents in the South whose lives were constantly being threatened by rocket fire from Hamas, the same Hamas which is now threatening another Intifada. That war gained a great …

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Parshat Vayetze 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Efrat, Israel – “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set…” (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother, Esau, to leave his ancestral home for exile. The Talmud (B.T. Brachot 26b) interprets our opening verse as follows: “Jacob enacted …

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Parshat Toldot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Efrat, Israel – “Now my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your …

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Parshat Chayei Sarah — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1- 25:18) Efrat, Israel – “And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had: ‘Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. . . .  You shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for …

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Parshat Vayera — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1 -22: 24) Efrat, Israel –“And the two of them went together…” (Genesis 22:6, 8) In previous commentaries, I have queried which of the two major protagonists of the akeda (binding of Isaac) story suffered the greater test: Abraham (Abram), the father who had to take the responsibility for the …

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