“Shabbat Shalom” – Beshalach 5778

Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And when Israel saw the great hand that God had wielded against the Egyptians, the people feared God; they had faith in God and in His servant, Moses” [Ex. 14:31]. Why does the heart of the Haggadah almost completely omit mention of Moses, limiting him to one “cameo” …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vaera 5778

Parshat Vaera (Exodus 6:2-9:35) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “These are Aaron and Moses, whom God has said are to take out the People of Israel from the land of Egypt…they are Moses and Aaron” [Ex. 6:26-27]. By virtue of an acclaimed Broadway production of recent vintage, many have come to a renewed appreciation of the fascinating …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5778

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And when the days of mourning for Jacob were over, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh saying, ‘If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, and he declared: I am dying. In my grave that I have …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5778

Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand” [Ezekiel 37:19]. Who is the most …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayeshev 5778

Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Judah said to his brothers: ‘What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? Let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let our hand not be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh.’” [Gen. 37:26-27]. Why are Jews (Yehudim) referred to as …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayishlach 5778

Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And he said, Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed. And Jacob asked him and said, ‘Tell me, if you would, your name.’ ‘Why do you ask for my name?’ And he blessed him there. And …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayetze 5778

Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; …