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Parshat Re'eh — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Efrat, Israel – “But the place which the Lord your God shall choose from among all of your tribes to place His Name there, for His dwelling place, shall you seek and shall you come there. And you shall bring there your whole burnt offerings and your sacrifices…” (Deuteronomy 12:5-6). Apparently …

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Parshat Re’eh — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Efrat, Israel – “But the place which the Lord your God shall choose from among all of your tribes to place His Name there, for His dwelling place, shall you seek and shall you come there. And you shall bring there your whole burnt offerings and your sacrifices…” (Deuteronomy 12:5-6). Apparently …

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Parshat Ekev — Rabbi Riskin (text)

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been dedicated by Mr. Albert Kolkin in honor of Cantor Linda Shivers Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) Efrat, Israel –  “Guard yourselves lest you forget the Lord your God…lest you eat and be satisfied… and your heart becomes haughty and you forget the Lord your God who took you …

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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)

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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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