Rabbi Riskin

“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayishlach 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  We left Jacob at the end of last week’s portion as he was leaving behind Laban and Laban-land, heaven-bent on returning to the land of Abraham and to the house of Isaac. Jacob understands that his inner self has been …

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Celebrating Rabbi Shlomo Riskin


Celebrating Rabbi Shlomo Riskin A celebration of Rabbi Riskin’s lifetime of achievement was launched this week with the debut of a one-man play developed and performed by renowned Israeli personality Jacky Levy, the first in a series of events designed to inform the next generation about Rabbi Riskin’s legacy and impact. The educational initiative goes …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayetze 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And Jacob kissed Rachel, and he lifted up his voice and he wept” (Gen 29:11) The Bible presents two models for finding one’s life partner: the Isaac-Rebekah arranged marriage model, and the romantic Jacob-Rachel model. In both instances, there must be “love” (ahava): …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Toldot 5780

 Shabbat Shalom: Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel — “And they said, we saw indeed that the Lord was with you and we said: let there now be an oath between us, between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you.” (Gen. 26:28) On what basis, and with …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Chayei Sarah 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – “Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron in the Land of Canaan. And Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to weep over her.” (Genesis 23:2) What was Sarah doing in Hebron? According to a simple reading of the text, Abraham, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayera 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin    Efrat, Israel – One of the most difficult stories of the Bible – and certainly the complex highlight of Vayera – is the “binding” (and near slaughter) of Isaac, but the tale preceding it may legitimately be called the “binding” (near death) of Ishmael. This …

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