Rabbi Riskin

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Joseph fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.”  (Gen. 45:14) This poignant moment when these two brothers are reunited after a separation of twenty-two years is one of the most tender scenes… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I had a dream last night, and no one is able to interpret it….” (Gen. 41: 15) There is an unusual symmetry in the portion of Miketz as well as in Vayeshev, both of which deal… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayeshev 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And there passed by Midianite merchants, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver, and they brought Joseph down to Egypt. (Genesis 37:28) Who bears the ultimate responsibility… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayeshev 5779

Passing the Baton

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Passing the Baton After filling the position for decades, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin – founder of the Ohr Torah Stone network – is passing the torch to his successor, Rabbi Katriel (Kenneth) Brander.  In a joint discussion, the two speak about burning issues in the world of education and the rabbinate, and of their aim of… Continue Reading Passing the Baton

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayishlach 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.” (Gen. 33:4) Years ago, a college classmate provocatively announced that he planned to name his first son “after the most maligned figure in… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayishlach 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayetze 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to wear, so that I shall come back to my fathers house in peace, then… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayetze 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Toldot 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And Rebecca spoke to her son Jacob, saying… And now, my son, obey my voice according to which I command you…” (Genesis 27:5,7) One of the many glories of the Bible is that it recognizes the complex personality especially of… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Toldot 5779