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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5784

Shabbat Shalom: Sukkot By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –What is the true symbolism of the Sukkah? The Talmud (B.T. Sukkah 11b) cites a difference of opinion between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer as to whether the Sukkah commemorates the

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5784

Shabbat Shalom: Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1- 32:52) By Rabbi 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

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim-Vayelech 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9- 31:30) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “For this commandment that I have commanded you today is not concealed from you, nor is it far away.” (Deuteronomy 30:11) How often it is that we

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “For I have come to the land which the Lord swore to our forebears to give to us.“ (Deuteronomy 26:3) When the individual Jew brings

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you go forth to battle…and you see among the captives a beautiful woman and you desire her…. When a man has two wives, one the beloved

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5783

Shabbat Shalom: Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You shall appoint judges…[who] will not pervert justice…. Justice, justice shall you pursue… You shall not plant for yourselves an Asheira [tree used for purposes of idolatry, according

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