“Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5778

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2–36:13) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – This week’s double portion records how the Jews finally cross the Jordan River on their way to conquer the Promised Land. The tribes of Gad, Reuven and half the tribe of Menashe possess a great multitude of cattle, and “paradise” for cattle is good grazing land, which …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel— Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent.  How could it, given its association with an uncontrollable zeal and violence for the sake of heaven? But when we turn to the opening of this week’s …

The Future of Modern Orthodoxy

 “What is the Future of Modern Orthodoxy?”    A fascinating ​dialogue​ took place on June 13th between Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin and Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander at a standing-room only event in Teaneck, NJ, chaired by Laurence and Daniela Schreiber. Moderated by Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, …