“Shabbat Shalom” – Behaalotcha 5778

Parshat Behaalotcha(Numbers 8:1 – 12:16) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “The nation was ‘kvetching’ evilly in the ears of the Lord, and the Lord heard, and His anger inflamed” [Num. 11:1]. Why is there a marked difference between God’s reaction to the complaints recorded here in the Book of Numbers compared to His reaction to …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Naso 5778

Parshat Naso(Numbers 4:21 – 7:89) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – Who was the target audience for the Ten Commandments? Our Biblical portion this week speaks of the ongoing voice of the Divine, which continues to be heard from within the Sanctuary (Mishkan) on a continual basis after the Divine Revelation, which has just been heard by the entire …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5778

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel: “Count the heads of the entire witness-congregation of Israel” (Numbers 1:2). The Book of Numbers opens with a most optimistic picture of a nation poised for redemption. The Israelites have been freed from Egypt with great miracles and wonders. They have received the Revelation …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behukotai 5778

Parshat Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic Sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great deal of light on these fundamental existential questions. Commenting on the verse which …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Behar 5778

Parshat Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the Lord” (Lev. 25:2). What does it mean to be free? The first part of this week’s portion, Behar, begins with the laws of Shemitah, ordaining that every seventh year the land must rest …