“Shabbat Shalom” – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “You must surely instruct your colleague, so that you not bear the brunt of his sin” (Lev. 19:17). Judaism teaches us that “every Israelite is responsible for the other.” Except for the State of Israel, where the Jewish population …

An Interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

“Rulings devoid of human compassion will bring Orthodoxy to its end” Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, who is due to step down from his position as chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone this summer, explains where the poskim [Rabbinical adjudicators] of our times are wanting, why he himself is such a fervent feminist and answers the question whether the Chief …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Tazria-Metzora 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Then he shall sprinkle [the mixture] seven times upon the person being purified from the tzara’at; he shall purify him and set the live bird free upon the open field” (Leviticus 14:7). One of the strangest and most primitive-sounding rituals …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘And when Moses heard [Aaron’s argument] it found favor in his eyes’ (Leviticus 10:19). Our biblical portion opens with the exalting and exultant ceremonies of the consecration of the desert sanctuary, closely followed by a description of the tragic …

Shabbat HaGadol 5778 – Audio/Video

“May a Woman Conduct the Pesach Seder? Halakhic and Philosophical Implications on the Status of Women”  Watch or listen to the audio file of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Shabbat HaGadol 5778 drasha (in English), delivered in memory of Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum, z”l, at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Chana and Yaakov Tilles Campus in Jerusalem (March …