“Shabbat Shalom” – Devarim 5777

Parshat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin           Efrat, Israel — “How (eichah) am I able to bear your contentiousness, your burdens and your quarrels?!” [Deut. 1:12] Just prior to the conclusion of the 1978 Camp David Accords, U.S. President Jimmy Carter submitted a letter for Prime Minister Menachem Begin that caused …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Chukat 5777

Parshat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Moses and Aaron assembled the assemblage [kehal] before the rock; and  said to them, “Listen now, rebels, from this rock shall we extract water for you?” And Moses lifted his hand, struck the rock twice with his staff, and abundant water emerged to give drink to …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Bamidbar 5777

Parshat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –“And God spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they left the Land of Egypt.” [Num. 1:1] How can we transform a no man’s land into a domain of sanctity? The Book of Numbers, which we …