Rabbi Riskin

Parshat Vayikra — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Efrat, Israel – “When a human being (adam) brings from amongst you a sacrificial offering to the Lord…” (Leviticus 1:1-2) The Book of Leviticus is known throughout our Midrashic literature as Torat Kohanim, The Teachings of Kohen – Priests. A great part of this third book of the Pentateuch …

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Parshat Pekudei — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Pekudai (Exodus 38:21-40:38) Efrat, Israel – “And the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Sanctuary. And Moses was unable to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it…” (Ex. 40:34-35). What is the significance of the symbol of the cloud, and …

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“OTS Day” at Midreshet Lindenbaum


Four hundred and fifty 11th and 12th graders in OTS’s three high schools for girls came to Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Chana and Yaacov Tilles Campus for a special day of learning in honor of OTS’s 30th anniversary. The day-long seminar featured two rounds of 13 simultaneous classes which took place throughout the Besen Family Center for …

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Parshat Vayakhel — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayakhel (Exodus 35: 1- 38:20) Efrat, Israel – ” made two golden cherubs, hammering them out from the two ends of the cover (“kapporet”)… The cherubs had their wings outstretched upward so as to shield the ark-cover with their wings; they faced one another…” (Exodus 37:8-9) So important and beloved was the sacred desert tabernacle …

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Parshat Ki Tisa — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11–34:35) Efrat, Israel –  “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29) What is the significance of the dazzling radiance of …

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Parshat Tetzaveh — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) Efrat, Israel –  “And you shall make sacred garments for Aaron your brother for honor and glory” (Exodus 28:2) The Torah portion of Tetzaveh is wholly dedicated to Aaron and his children, the High Priest and the Holy Temple priesthood. We are given a precise description of the ritual …

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