shabbat shalom

“Shabbat Shalom” – Naso 5778

Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Who was the target audience for the Ten Commandments? Our Biblical portion this week speaks of the ongoing voice of the Divine, which continues to be heard from within the Sanctuary (Mishkan) on a continual basis after the Divine Revelation, which has just… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Naso 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5778

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Count the heads of the entire witness-congregation of Israel” (Numbers 1:2). The Book of Numbers opens with a most optimistic picture of a nation poised for redemption. The Israelites have been freed from Egypt with great miracles and wonders. They have received the Revelation at Sinai… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behukotai 5778

Parshat Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic Sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great deal of light on these fundamental existential questions. Commenting on the verse which… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Behukotai 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behar-Behukotai 5778

Parshat Behar-Behukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers”. (Lev.25:23) “You must not defile the Land upon which you live and in the midst of which I (God) dwell, since I (God),… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Behar-Behukotai 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behar 5778

Parshat Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the Lord” (Lev. 25:2). What does it mean to be free? The first part of this week’s portion, Behar, begins with the laws of Shemitah, ordaining that… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Behar 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Emor 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “Remove the blasphemer to the outside of the camp” (Lev 24:14) Our Biblical portion of Emor concludes with a strange and almost mythical tale of what appears to be the son of a mixed marriage (“the child of an Israelite woman and of… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Emor 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

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 to grow, Jews in the rest… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Tazria-Metzora 5778

Parshat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Then he shall sprinkle 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 of the Bible surrounds the purification of… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Tazria-Metzora 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5778

Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘And when Moses heard 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 death of Aaron’s two eldest sons. These events… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Last Day Pesach 5778

Pesach – Last Day Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “…God made the people take a roundabout path, by way of the desert…” . Having observed the Passover Seder just one week ago, we would do well to reflect back on that experience now in order to glean new insights for everyday life. For example,… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Last Day Pesach 5778

“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… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Pesach 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Tzav 5778

Parshat Tzav – Shabbat Hagadol (Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The Sabbath before Pessah is called “The Great Sabbath” (Shabbat Hagadol) after the last verse of the reading from the prophets (haftara) for that day: “Behold I send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Tzav 5778