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“Shabbat Shalom” – Bereishit 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Why does the Torah, the word of God given to Moses as His legacy to the Jewish people, begin with an account of creation, going off into gardens of Eden and towers …

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“Parsha to the Point” – V’zot HaBracha 5779

Parshat V’zot HaBracha (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12) Rabbi David Stav It is interesting to note that Hashem chose to end His Torah, “And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the Lord had sent him to perform in the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Chol HaMoed Sukkot By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What is the true symbolism of the succa? The Talmud (B.T. Succa 11b) cites a difference of opinion between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer as to whether the succa commemorates the actual huts in which the Israelites dwelt in the desert, or the “clouds of glory” which …

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Shabbat Shuva 5779 – Video

Rabbi Riskin speaking at the podium

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Shabbat Shuva 5779 Drasha (English) TOPIC:  “Today the world was conceived” – Today the First Human was Created in God’s Image: Halakhic and Theological Ramifications Regarding the Status of a Non-Jew, and Israel as a Nation-State of the Jewish People. Delivered in memory of Gini and Hans Bachrach z”l at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Chana and …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1- 32:52) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the days of yore, understand the years (shenot) of each generation.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) Are we commanded to study world history? Certainly, I would say, on the basis of the simple meaning of the verse cited at the head of this commentary …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayelech 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayelech Deuteronomy (31:1- 31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And I will surely hide My face on that day for all the evils which they shall have perpetrated, in that they have turned to other gods.” (Deuteronomy 31:18) But how do we narrow the gulf between a hidden God and a …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim 5778

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been dedicated in loving memory of Harry Sher – Hillel ben Chona, z”l  on the occasion of his 21nd Yahrzeit (2 Tishrei) by the Charif family in Sydney, Australia Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)                        By Shlomo Riskin …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you come to the land which the Lord your God gives to you as an inheritance and you inherit it…. You shall take from the first of all the fruits of the earth which you shall bring from your land…. And …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5778

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and God your Lord delivers them into your hands, and you…see among the captives a woman of beauty, and you desire her, you may take her to be your wife. When you bring her home, …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5778

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “Judges and Executors of Justice shall you establish for yourselves in all of your gates…. Justice, justice shall you pursue in order that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving to you.” (Deuteronomy 16:18–20) In this opening passage …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Re’eh 5778

Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You shall smite, yes smite, all of the inhabitants of that city by the sword…and you shall burn entirely with fire the city and all of it spoils to the Lord your God, and it shall be an everlasting desolation (tel); it shall not be …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ekev 5778

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And now Israel what does the Lord Your G-d ask of you, only to revere the Lord your G-d and to walk in all of His ways, and to love Him and to serve the Lord your G-d with all your heart and with all …

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