Rabbi Riskin

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the entire path along which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the desert, He sent hardships to test you.“ (Deut. 8:2)“The land which you are about to inherit is not like Egypt.” (Deut. 11:10) Our Biblical portion …

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Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.” (Isaiah 40: 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 …

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This week’s Shabbat Shalom has been sponsored by Blima and Joel Abramson on the occasion of the Yahrzait of Blima’s mother Sara Ester bat Yehoshua Ha’Cohen   Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  The biblical reading of Devarim always falls out on the Sabbath preceding Tisha Be’av, the fast …

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This week’s parsha commentary has been sponsored by the Charif family of Sydney, Australiain memory of Hymie Charif(Refael Chaim Yishayahu ben Yitzchak) whose 25th yartzheit is on 2 Av Parshat  Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And Moses recorded the places of origin toward the places of destination… and these …

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Parshat  Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay (or lean) your hand upon him.  Stand him up before Elazar the Priest and before the entire congregation, and …

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Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “My nation, remember what Balak the king of Moab advised and what Bil’am the son of Be’or…answered him in order that you may know the compassionate righteousness of the Lord” [Micha. 6:5]. Who, or what, defines Israel, and why does it matter? If …

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