Parshat Behukotai — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) Efrat, Israel – What is the truest definition of freedom? I believe that an exploration of a difference of interpretation between two Talmudic Sages on a phrase in our Torah portion will shed a great deal of light on these fundamental existential questions. Commenting on the verse which …

Chol Hamoed Pesach — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Chol Hamoed Pesach Efrat, Israel – While the Passover Seder is still freshly on our minds and taste buds, allow me to suggest an important lesson that we are likely to overlook. Fascinatingly, alongside Moshe who is not really mentioned by the Haggadah, there is another great Biblical personality who plays a major role in the Haggadah, …

Parshat Acharei Mot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30) Efrat, Israel –  “And you shall observe My decrees and My laws which a human being shall perform and he shall live by them; I am the Lord.” (Lev. 18:5). It is fascinating that our Bible commands us to perform the laws and statutes of the Lord, and then it adds “and he shall …

Parshat Metzora — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33) Efrat, Israel –  “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing, he shall be brought unto the priest” (Lev. 14:2) Do houses have souls? Do nations? In the opening of this week’s portion of Metzorah, the Torah introduces us to the law commanding a person to go to the …