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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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Parshat Vayechi — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Efrat, Israel – “Gather yourselves and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father” (Genesis 49:2) Death-bed scenes are usually fraught with tragedy; deep sadness at the specter of a life coming to an end with the inevitable frustrations of thwarted dreams, wrongs not yet righted, potential accomplishments …

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Parshat Miketz 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) Efrat, Israel: “The Lord shall broaden and beautify Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem” (Gen. 9:27) Why is there no clear religious prohibition against the study of Greek wisdom and intellectual involvement in philosophy, mathematics, the sciences, secular music, art, literature and theater? …

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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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