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Parshat Vayetze 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Efrat, Israel – “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set…” (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother, Esau, to leave his ancestral home for exile. The Talmud (B.T. Brachot 26b) interprets our opening verse as follows: “Jacob enacted …

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Parshat Toldot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Efrat, Israel – “Now my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your …

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Parshat Chayei Sarah — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1- 25:18) Efrat, Israel – “And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had: ‘Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. . . .  You shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for …

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Parshat Lech Lecha – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Efrat, Israel – “…And he built there an altar to the Lord and he called out in the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8) Abraham is the first Hebrew, the founder of the Hebrew nation and the path-breaker who created the Hebrew religion. From this portion in the 12th …

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Parshat Noah 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32) Efrat, Israel – “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13) The rainbow is the symbol of the very first covenant entered into by G-d. It is the sign of G-d’s covenant …

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Shmini Atzeret 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) Efrat, Israel – “In the Beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth… Let us make the human being in our image and after our likeness.”  Why did G-d create the world? If G-d is the All-in-All and perfectly sufficient within Himself, why the necessity for a world? And …

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Sukkot 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: The Festival of Sukkot Efrat, Israel – “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt…” (Leviticus 23:42-43) Why do we sit in the sukkah for seven …

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Rabbi Riskin's Teshuva Drasha 5774

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin speaking

“The Call of the Shofar: Its Meaning in a World of Tragedy” A Tribute to My Revered Rebbe, Rav Soloveitchik, zt”l   Listen now… [audio width=”700″][audio_source format=”mpeg” src=”https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Shabbat-Shuva-2013.mp3“][/audio_source][/audio] …or download to your computer to listen later

Rabbi Riskin’s Teshuva Drasha 5774

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin speaking

“The Call of the Shofar: Its Meaning in a World of Tragedy” A Tribute to My Revered Rebbe, Rav Soloveitchik, zt”l   Listen now… [audio width=”700″][audio_source format=”mpeg” src=”http://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Shabbat-Shuva-2013.mp3“][/audio_source][/audio] …or download to your computer to listen later

Yom Kippur 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Yom Kippur Efrat, Israel – “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel: ‘Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to …

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Parshat Haazinu / Rosh Hashana 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana / Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)   This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” post has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia, in memory of Harry Sher, Hillel ben Chona, on the occasion of his 2 Tishrei yahrzeit Efrat, Israel– “On the seventh month, the first day of the month, shall be a Holy Convocation for …

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Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9- 31:30) Efrat, Israel – These two Biblical portions of Nitzavim-Vayelech always precede Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year of G-d’s universal majesty (Malkhuyot) – and this by Rabbinic mandate: “Ezra decreed for Israel that the chastisements of the Priestly Book of Leviticus (Behukotai) be publicly read before Shavuot, and that …

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