Weekly Parsha Insights

Parshat Vaetchanan — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)           Efrat, Israel – “Comfort you comfort you my nation, says the Lord your God.”  (Isaiah40:1) This Shabbat takes its name from our prophetic reading  (Shabbat Nachamu,  the Sabbath of comfort.)  Indeed,

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Parshat Devarim — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)           There are two important issues which must be studied when approaching this week’s Torah portion, the first theological and the second textual. The theological question strikes us from the moment we

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Rabbi Riskin speaking

Parshat Masei — Rabbi Riskin (text)

This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been dedicated in memory of Hymie Charif,  Refael Chaim Yeshayahu z”zl, on the occasion of his yahrzeit, 2 Av Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13)           Efrat, Israel –  “And Aaron the High Priest went up

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Rabbi Riskin (credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Parshat Matot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Matot (Numbers 30:2-32:42)           Efrat, Israel – “When an individual makes a promise before the Lord or makes an oath prohibiting something upon himself, he dare not profane his word.” (Numbers 30:2-17) For me, the saddest Book of

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Parshat Pinchas — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)           Efrat, Israel –  “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay (or lean) your hand upon

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Parshat Balak — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)           Efrat, Israel – “How goodly are your tent-homes, O Jacob” (Numbers 24:5) At the conclusion of the Pentateuch, which is also the conclusion of Moses’ physical existence on earth, the Biblical text

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