Parshat Ki Tisa — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11–34:35) Efrat, Israel –  “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (Exodus 34:29) What is the significance of the dazzling radiance of Moses’ face and why …

Parshat Beshalach – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) Efrat, Israel – The miracle at the Re(e)d Sea was expressed through song: the song sung by Moses and the Children of Israel and the song sung by Miriam with all of the women, amid drumming and dancing. The miracle of the revelation at Sinai was expressed through words: “And Moses descended …

Parshat Shemot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 -6:1) Efrat, Israel –  “And these are the names of the Children of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; each individual came with his household….And all the souls who emerged from the loins of Jacob were seventy souls….” (Exodus 1:1,5) These opening verses of the Book of Exodus are actually …