“Shabbat Shalom” – Tetzaveh 5778

Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “You shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under Heaven; do not forget!” [Deut. 25:19]. Parshat Zachor – Deuteronomy 25:17-19 Each year on Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath that precedes the festival of Purim, we read from a selection in the Book of Deuteronomy …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Mishpatim 5778

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And he took the Book of the Covenant, and read it into the ears of the nation, and they said, ‘Everything that the Lord has spoken we shall do and we shall understand” [Ex. 23:7]. At Sinai, the Jewish nation entered into its second covenant with God, a pact based …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Beshalach 5778

Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And when Israel saw the great hand that God had wielded against the Egyptians, the people feared God; they had faith in God and in His servant, Moses” [Ex. 14:31]. Why does the heart of the Haggadah almost completely omit mention of Moses, limiting him to one “cameo” …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vaera 5778

Parshat Vaera (Exodus 6:2-9:35) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “These are Aaron and Moses, whom God has said are to take out the People of Israel from the land of Egypt…they are Moses and Aaron” [Ex. 6:26-27]. By virtue of an acclaimed Broadway production of recent vintage, many have come to a renewed appreciation of the fascinating …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5778

Parshat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And when the days of mourning for Jacob were over, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh saying, ‘If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, and he declared: I am dying. In my grave that I have …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5778

Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand” [Ezekiel 37:19]. Who is the most …