“Shabbat Shalom” – Rosh Hashana 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel — “And [Nehemia] said to them, ‘Go, eat delicious foods and drink sweet beverages, and send portions to whoever has nothing prepared, for [Rosh Hashana] is holy to our Lord. And do not be sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength’” [Neh. 8:10]. Is Rosh Hashana a fundamentally …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777

This week’s Parsha has been dedicated in loving memory of Harry Sher – Hillel ben Chona z”l on the occasion of his Yahrzeit (2 Tishrei) by the Charif family (Sydney, Australia) Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin     Efrat, Israel — “For this commandment that I have commanded you today …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tavo 5777

This week’s Parsha is dedicated with gratitude to Hashem in celebration of the birth of Leia Yardena Elison born to Nicci and Mark, a new sister sister to Kira and the second granddaughter of Ian and Bernice Charif (Sydney, Australia) Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29-8) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin     Efrat, Israel – “You must then make …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ki Tetze 5777

Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Do not withhold the wages due to your hired hand…that very day shall you give him his payment” [Deut. 24:14–15]. This Shabbat, the Eleventh of Elul, marks 47 years to the day of one of the most transformative moments in my life, in the most unlikely of places …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shoftim 5777

Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Dedicated in loving memory of Wendy Hartz by her husband, Michael Hartz, and family on the occasion of her second yahrzeit Efrat, Israel — “When a matter shall arise for you too wondrous for judgment, whether it be capital, civil, or ritual, you shall go up to the judge of those times, …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Ekev 5777

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin           Efrat, Israel – “And it shall come to pass, because you hearken to these laws, safeguarding and keeping them, that the Lord your God shall keep the covenant with you and the mercy that He swore unto your ancestors, and He will love you, and bless you…in the land which …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vaetchanan 5777

Parshat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin           Efrat, Israel – “When it shall be difficult for you, all of these words [Heb: “devarim”] will find you at the end of the days, and you shall return to the Lord your God and hearken to His voice” [Deut. 4:30]. Curiously, our Sages refer to Tisha b’Av as a festival, …

“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 …