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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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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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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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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 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] [download_link src=”https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Shabbat-Shuva-2013.mp3″ ]…or download to your computer to listen later[/download_link]

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] [download_link src=”https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Shabbat-Shuva-2013.mp3″ ]…or download to your computer to listen later[/download_link]

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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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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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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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8) Efrat, Israel – “If you don’t obey the Lord your God and all His commandments and statutes, then these curses shall come upon you.” (Deuteronomy 28: 15) I had never been to this particular shul before, this renovated hospital turned into a synagogue about two miles …

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Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Efrat, Israel – “Do not withhold the wages due to your hired hand… that very day shall you give him his payment.” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15) An interpretation which I heard for this particular verse on the third Shabbat in the month of Elul 1970 in the synagogue of Riga, …

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Efrat, Israel – “When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should …

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