Rabbi Riskin

“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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Parshat Terumah — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19) Efrat, Israel — “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and let them take for Me a gift offering (Terumah) from every individual motivated by his heart…’” (Ex. 25:1) Moses not only served as the Rabbi, Rosh Yeshiva and “Pastor” of …

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Parshat Mishpatim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated to the memory of Miriam Leah bat Yossel v’Bella, z”l and Lev ben Wolf v’Miriam Leah, z”l Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1- 24:18) Efrat, Israel – “These are the statutes which you shall place before them ” (Ex. 21:1). If two religiously observant Jews are engaged in a …

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Parshat Yitro — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) Efrat, Israel – “The Lord descended on Mount Sinai… and Moses went up…And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down’…”  (Exodus 19:21) The verses immediately preceding the Decalogue Revelation at Sinai are curious, to say the least.  God and Moses enter into a dialogue which appears to …

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