“Shabbat Shalom” – Emor 5778

In the Diaspora Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “Remove the blasphemer to the outside of the camp” (Lev 24:14) Our Biblical portion of Emor concludes with a strange and almost mythical tale of what appears to be the son of a mixed marriage (“the child of an Israelite woman and of one who is an Egyptian …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “You must surely instruct your colleague, so that you not bear the brunt of his sin” (Lev. 19:17). Judaism teaches us that “every Israelite is responsible for the other.” Except for the State of Israel, where the Jewish population continues to grow, …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Tazria-Metzora 5778

Parshat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Then he shall sprinkle [the mixture] seven times upon the person being purified from the tzara’at; he shall purify him and set the live bird free upon the open field” (Leviticus 14:7). One of the strangest and most primitive-sounding rituals of the Bible surrounds …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5778

Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘And when Moses heard [Aaron’s argument] it found favor in his eyes’ (Leviticus 10:19). Our biblical portion opens with the exalting and exultant ceremonies of the consecration of the desert sanctuary, closely followed by a description of the tragic death of Aaron’s …

Shabbat HaGadol 5778 – Audio/Video

“May a Woman Conduct the Pesach Seder? Halakhic and Philosophical Implications on the Status of Women”  Watch or listen to the audio file of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Shabbat HaGadol 5778 drasha (in English), delivered in memory of Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum, z”l, at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Chana and Yaakov Tilles Campus in Jerusalem (March …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Pesach 5778

Pesach – First Day Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – The Passover Seder we will soon be celebrating is an evening dedicated first and foremost to the relationship between the generations, to parents communicating to their children the agony and the ecstasy of Egyptian enslavement and exodus – that seminal biblical drama which most profoundly …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778

Parshat Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “He made the copper washbasin and its copper base out of the mirrors of the service women who congregated to serve at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting” [Ex. 38:8]. The Sanctuary and all of its furnishings are described in exquisite detail …