Rabbi Riskin
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Moses and Aaron assembled the assemblage [kehal] before the rock; and said to them, “Listen now, rebels, from this rock shall we extract water for you?” And Moses lifted his hand, struck the rock twice with his staff, and abundant water emerged …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –”And they rose up in the face of Moses” (Numbers 16:2) When is dissension and argument positive, healthy debate and an outgrowth of “these and those are the word of the Living God” (B.T. Eruvin 13), and when is dispute negative, a venomous …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –”And God spoke to Moses saying ‘Send men to scout the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelite people…” (Numbers 13:1-2) In the process of becoming a nation, the Jewish peo­ple committed any number of sins, but one in particular, …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –”Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: when you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the menorah.” (Numbers 8:2) Is it permissible to study science and philosophy in the beit midrash (religious study hall)? Should a yeshiva …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –”And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel; say to them, may the Lord bless you and keep you…’” (Numbers 6:22-27) There are very few passages of the …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –”And God spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they left the Land of Egypt.” (Numbers 1:1) How can we transform a no-man’s land into …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – And I shall provide peace in the land and you shall lie down at night without fear.” (Leviticus 26:6) This Torah portion comes at the end of The Book of Leviticus, called by our Sages “the Torah of the Kohen-Priests” – the …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “If your brother becomes destitute and is then sold to you, you shall not make him work like a slave” (Leviticus 25:39) If indeed Judaism gave the world the idea and ideal of freedom – “I am the Lord thy God who …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of [the first day of the Festival of Matzot] …“ (Leviticus 23:15) Since Judaism teaches that all Jews are responsible for each other, the hemorrhaging of the number of diaspora Jews actively involved …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You shall love your friend as yourself – I am the Lord“ (Leviticus 19:18) These five Hebrew words – “You shall love your friend as yourself” – are designated by the renowned Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva as “the greatest rule of the …

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