“Shabbat Shalom” – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

In Israel Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “You must surely instruct your colleague, so that you not bear the brunt of his sin” (Lev. 19:17). Judaism teaches us that “every Israelite is responsible for the other.” Except for the State of Israel, where the Jewish population continues …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Tazria-Metzora 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Then he shall sprinkle [the mixture] seven times upon the person being purified from the tzara’at; he shall purify him and set the live bird free upon the open field” (Leviticus 14:7). One of the strangest and most primitive-sounding rituals …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘And when Moses heard [Aaron’s argument] it found favor in his eyes’ (Leviticus 10:19). Our biblical portion opens with the exalting and exultant ceremonies of the consecration of the desert sanctuary, closely followed by a description of the tragic …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Pesach 5778

Pesach – First Day Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Passover Seder we will soon be celebrating is an evening dedicated first and foremost to the relationship between the generations, to parents communicating to their children the agony and the ecstasy of Egyptian enslavement and exodus – that seminal biblical drama which most profoundly …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778

Parshat Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “He made the copper washbasin and its copper base out of the mirrors of the service women who congregated to serve at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting” [Ex. 38:8]. The Sanctuary and all of its furnishings are described in exquisite detail …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Tetzaveh 5778

Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under Heaven; do not forget!” [Deut. 25:19]. Parshat Zachor – Deuteronomy 25:17-19 Each year on Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath that precedes the festival of Purim, we read from a selection in the Book of Deuteronomy …