portion of the week

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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Parshat Lech Lecha – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Efrat, Israel – “…And he built there an altar to the Lord and he called out in the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8) Abraham is the first Hebrew, the founder of the Hebrew nation and the path-breaker who created the Hebrew religion. From this portion in the 12th …

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Parshat Noah 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32) Efrat, Israel – “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13) The rainbow is the symbol of the very first covenant entered into by G-d. It is the sign of G-d’s covenant …

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