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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tetzaveh 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Now you bring near to yourself Aaron your brother and his sons with him…. to minister to Me. You shall make vestments of sanctity for Aaron your brother, for honor and splendor” (Exodus 28:1,2)  The two leaders during this interim …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Terumah 5780

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by Ian and Bernice Charif of Sydney Australiain honour of the birth of their granddaughter, Ellie Yona Charifon 23 Shevat/17 February 2020 Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Mishpatim 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18) 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 …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Yitro 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And now, if you will surely hearken to my voice and observe My Covenant, then you shall be for Me a chosen treasure (segulah) from amongst all the nations, because all of the earth is Mine And you shall be …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Beshalach 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the children of Israel and let them move forward’” (Exodus 14:15) Chapters 14 and 15 of the Book of Exodus are among the most significant in …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Bo 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “When your children will say to you, ‘What is this service to you?’ You shall say, ‘It is the Passover service to God’” Why does the author of the Haggada call the questioner in this sequence “the wicked child”? The …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vaera 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vaera (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What makes Moses Moses? He is certainly the consummate prophet, the man of G-d whose vision of ethical monotheism was expressed in a moral code of law which commands to this very day, more than 4000 years later. He is …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Shemot 5780

This week’s parsha has been sponsored in memory of Florence Bryskin (Tzipporah bas Mayer Yitzchak and Henya) on the occasion of her Yahrzeit on the 22 of Teves Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “But the midwives feared God and they did not do as the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayechi 5780

This week’s commentary has been dedicatedin honor of Karen Aron, a remarkable Aishet Chayil and Imma, by her husband, Mike Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 — 50:26 )             By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel -In a most uplifting and inspiring deathbed scene, grandfather Jacob/Israel peacefully takes leave of this world …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayigash 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 — 47:27)             By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Joseph went up to greet Israel his father; he fell on his neck and he wept on his neck exceedingly” (Gen. 46:29) In these few words, our Torah describes a dramatic meeting between an aged …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Miketz 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17)             By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Yosef was served by himself and the brothers by themselves… the brothers were seated before Joseph (with Yehuda at head of table)… they drank with him and became intoxicated.” (Gen 43:32) “And Joseph’s brothers came …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayeshev 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” (Gen. 40:11) The Bible believes in the significance of dreams; so did the Sages of the …

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