“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 …

“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 …