shabbat shalom

“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,… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5778

“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… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5778

“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… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Re’eh 5778

“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… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Ekev 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vaetchanan 5778

Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘Comfort you, comfort you, My People’ (Isaiah 40:1) The Shabbat after Tisha B’Av is known as the Shabbat of Comfort, a phrase taken from the first verse of the prophetic reading from Isaiah. Additionally, a most fascinating festival day—one which is unfortunately not very well… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vaetchanan 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Devarim 5778

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Zion shall be redeemed because of her moral justice and her children shall return to her because of her compassionate righteousness” (Isaiah 1:27). The Shabbat before the bleak day of Tisha Be’Av, the fast commemorating the destruction of both Holy Temples, is called Shabbat Hazon,… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Devarim 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5778

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2–36:13) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – This week’s double portion records how the Jews finally cross the Jordan River on their way to conquer the Promised Land. The tribes of Gad, Reuven and half the tribe of Menashe possess a great multitude of cattle, and “paradise” for cattle is good grazing… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent.  How could it, given its association with an uncontrollable zeal and violence for the sake of heaven? But when we turn to the opening of this week’s… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5778

Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “I see it but not now; I look at it, but it is not near. A star has stepped forth from Jacob and a scepter-bearer has risen from Israel; will pierce and vanquish the nobles of Moab….” (Num. 24:17). The interaction of Jew and… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Balak 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Chukat 5778

Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “This is the statute of the law which God commanded, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer’” (Num. 19:1–2). One of the most profound mysteries of the Bible is the rite of the red heifer, called a chok… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Chukat 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Korach 5778

Parshat Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Korah, the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kehat, the son of Levi took Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav… and they rose up in confrontation before Moses…” (Numbers 16:1, 2) Why didn’t the Israelites rise up against the rebels who dared… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Korach 5778

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shelach 5778

Parshat Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “… And you shall strengthen yourselves, and you shall take from the fruits of the land’. And the days were season of the first grapes.” (Numbers 13: 20) Between the lines of the Bible, we glimpse the profound difficulties – and even tragedy –… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Shelach 5778