“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayeshev 5778

Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Judah said to his brothers: ‘What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? Let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let our hand not be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh.’” [Gen. 37:26-27]. Why are Jews (Yehudim) referred to as …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayishlach 5778

Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And he said, Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed. And Jacob asked him and said, ‘Tell me, if you would, your name.’ ‘Why do you ask for my name?’ And he blessed him there. And …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayetze 5778

Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Toldot 5778

Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Now Isaac loved Esau, because the hunt was in his mouth, while Rebecca loved Jacob” [Gen. 25:28]. The watershed moment in Jacob’s life—the repercussions of which surface in every subsequent generation of Jewish history—is the act deceiving his father, Isaac, …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayera 5778

Parshat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And it came to pass…that God tested Abraham, saying to him, ‘Abraham,’ to which he responded, ‘Here I am!’ And He said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, offering him there as a sacrifice on one of the mountains …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Lech Lecha 5778

Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “Now I know that you are a beautiful woman, when the Egyptians will see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife,’ and they will kill me, while you they will keep alive. Please say that you are my sister, so that they will be good to me for your sake and that my soul …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Noach 5778

Parshat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)  Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, so that they shall not understand one another’s speech” (Genesis 11:7)   What is the connection between Adam’s existential state of aloneness and the tragic social isolation which results from the Tower of Babel, …

“Shabbat Shalom” – Simchat Torah 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Simchat Torah 5778 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the teaching of Moses, My servant, the laws and ordinances that I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.” [Malachi 3:23]. The truest essence of reality is not necessarily that which meets the eye; indeed, often times things and people are not what they appear …