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Parshat Mishpatim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated to the memory of Miriam Leah bat Yossel v’Bella, z”l and Lev ben Wolf v’Miriam Leah, z”l Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1- 24:18) Efrat, Israel – “These are the statutes which you shall place before them ” (Ex. 21:1). If two religiously observant Jews are engaged in a …

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Parshat Yitro — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) Efrat, Israel – “The Lord descended on Mount Sinai… and Moses went up…And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down’…”  (Exodus 19:21) The verses immediately preceding the Decalogue Revelation at Sinai are curious, to say the least.  God and Moses enter into a dialogue which appears to …

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Parshat Beshalach – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) Efrat, Israel – The miracle at the Re(e)d Sea was expressed through song: the song sung by Moses and the Children of Israel and the song sung by Miriam with all of the women, amid drumming and dancing. The miracle of the revelation at Sinai was expressed through words: “And …

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Parshat Bo – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bo Exodus 10:1-13:16  Efrat, Israel – “When your children will say to you, ‘What is this service to you?’ You shall say, ‘It is the Passover service to God.’” Why does the author of the Haggada call the questioner in this sequence “the wicked child”? The reason that the Haggada itself emphasizes lies in …

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Parshat Va’era — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Efrat, Israel – “Therefore say to the children of Israel:  ‘I am the Lord, and I shall remove you from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you from their labor, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  And I will take you to Me as a people …

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Parshat Va'era — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Efrat, Israel – “Therefore say to the children of Israel:  ‘I am the Lord, and I shall remove you from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you from their labor, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  And I will take you to Me as a people …

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Parshat Shemot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 -6:1) Efrat, Israel –  “And these are the names of the Children of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each individual came with his household….And all the souls who emerged from the loins of Jacob were seventy souls….” (Exodus 1:1,5) These opening verses of the Book of Exodus are …

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