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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tazria 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “If a woman has conceived seed and born a male child: then she shall be unclean for seven days; as in the days of her menstrual sickness shall she be unclean.” (Leviticus 12:2) One of the greatest miracles of life is that …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Shmini 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer, placed fire on it, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire which He had not commanded them. And there came forth fire from before God, and it devoured them, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Tzav 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1- 8:36) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying: ‘Command Aaron and his sons, saying, this is the law of the burnt offering…’” (Leviticus 6:1–2) When first encountering the concept of animal sacrifices in the book of Leviticus, we explored in depth the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayikra 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1- 5:26) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –“Speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them: When any person of you brings an offering unto God, you shall bring from the cattle, the herd or the flock “ (Leviticus 1:2) The book of Leviticus continues where the book of …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Pekudei 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Pekudei  (Exodus 38:21-40:38) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –“And he set the laver between the Tent of the Meeting and the altar, and put water there for washing. And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet…   “ (Exodus 40:30–31) Before the priests would enter the Tent …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Parshat Vayakhel 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayakhel  (Exodus 35:1- 38:20) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Moses assembled all of the congregation of the children of Israel and said unto them: …Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day shall be for you, a day of complete rest for the Lord.   “ (Exodus 35:1–2) The portion of …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tisa 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And God spoke unto Moses: Take unto you sweet spices, stacte , onycha and galbanum , these sweet spices with pure frankincense , all of an equal weight.” (Exodus 30:34) One of the most unique aspects of the Sanctuary, continued …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Tetzave 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And you shall command the children of Israel… And you shall bring forth your brother Aaron and his sons together with him… And you shall speak to all of the wise-hearted.” (Exodus 27:20–28:3) Often what you really have is that which …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Terumah 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1- 27:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “According to the way I show you the pattern of the Sanctuary and the pattern of its vessels, so shall you make them.” (Exodus 25:9) What is the real purpose of the Sanctuary – the forerunner of the Holy Temple – …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Mishpatim 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1- 24:18) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “These are the statutes which you must place before them.” (Exodus 21:1) If two religiously observant Jews are engaged in a disagreement which has financial ramifications, are they permitted to go to a secular court to arbitrate their dispute or must …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Yitro 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Jethro the Priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses, heard all that God had done for Moses and his people; that He had taken Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 18:1) This Torah portion records how Jethro, Moses’ Midianite father-in-law, heard of …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Beshalach 5779

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated by Sylvia and Avi Tuchman in honor of their grandchildren Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “This is my God ve-anveihu, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” (Exodus 15:2) What is the best way to give thanks to God? …

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