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Parshat Shelach Lecha — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:1-15:41) Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…” (Numbers 13:1-2) The great sin of humanity was Adam’s disregard of God’s command not to eat the fruit of knowledge; the great sin of Israel was the Israelites’ disregard …

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Parshat Behaalotcha — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behaalotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) Efrat, Israel – “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.”” (Num. 8:1-2) This week’s Biblical portion of Behaalotcha contains an important insight into the necessary qualities and …

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Parshat Naso — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) Efrat, Israel –  “Speak to Aaron and his sons saying so shall you bless the children of Israel, say to them:  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord cause His Face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord forgive you and …

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Parshat Bamidbar — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) Efrat, Israel –  “And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of Reuven, Elizur the son of Shedeur. Of Shimon, Shelimuiel the son of Zurishaddai. Of Judah, Nachshon the son of Aminadav… “ (Numbers 1:5-7). For as long as I can remember, Orthodox Judaism …

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Parshat Behukotai — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) 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 submits that …

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Parshat Behar — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) Efrat, Israel –  “You shall count for yourselves seven cycles of Sabbatical years, seven years, seven times; shall be for forty nine years…You shall sanctify the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all of its inhabitants; it shall be the Jubilee year for you, you shall return …

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Parshat Emor — Rabbi Riskin (text)

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” column has been sponsored by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia, in honour of the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, SHIRA, on Sunday 4 Iyar.  Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) Efrat, Israel –  “They shall direct My people as to what is sacred and what is mundane; they shall inform them as …

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Parshat Kedoshim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27) Efrat, Israel – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18). One of the most oft-quoted verses of the Bible appears in this week’s Torah reading, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord” (Lev.19:18). In fact, one of the towering figures …

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Chol Hamoed Pesach — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Chol Hamoed Pesach Efrat, Israel – While the Passover Seder is still freshly on our minds and taste buds, allow me to suggest an important lesson that we are likely to overlook. Fascinatingly, alongside Moshe who is not really mentioned by the Haggadah, there is another great Biblical personality who plays a major …

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Parshat Acharei Mot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30) Efrat, Israel –  “And you shall observe My decrees and My laws which a human being shall perform and he shall live by them; I am the Lord.” (Lev. 18:5). It is fascinating that our Bible commands us to perform the laws and statutes of the Lord, and …

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Parshat Metzora — Rabbi Riskin (text)

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33) Efrat, Israel –  “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing, he shall be brought unto the priest” (Lev. 14:2) Do houses have souls? Do nations? In the opening of this week’s portion of Metzorah, the Torah introduces us to the law commanding a …

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Parshat Tazria — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59) Efrat, Israel –  “And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” (Lev.12:3). This week’s Torah reading is not only difficult because of its subject matter – the ritual status of a woman after she gives birth as well as the ritual impurity which devolves …

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