“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5778

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and God your Lord delivers them into your hands, and you…see among the captives a woman of beauty, and you desire her, you may take her to be your wife. When you bring her home, she must shave her head, and let her …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5778

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  Judges and Executors of Justice shall you establish for yourselves in all of your gates…. Justice, justice shall you pursue in order that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving to you. (Deuteronomy 16:18–20) In this opening passage …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vaetchanan 5778

Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘Comfort you, comfort you, My People’ (Isaiah 40:1) The Shabbat after Tisha B’Av is known as the Shabbat of Comfort, a phrase taken from the first verse of the prophetic reading from Isaiah. Additionally, a most fascinating festival day—one which is unfortunately …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Matot-Masei 5778

Parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2–36:13) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – This week’s double portion records how the Jews finally cross the Jordan River on their way to conquer the Promised Land. The tribes of Gad, Reuven and half the tribe of Menashe possess a great multitude of cattle, and “paradise” for cattle is good grazing land, which …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Pinchas 5778

Parshat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel— Fanaticism, particularly when garbed in the clothing of myopic fundamentalism, rarely evokes in us a sympathetic bent.  How could it, given its association with an uncontrollable zeal and violence for the sake of heaven? But when we turn to the opening of this week’s …