Parshat Lech Lecha – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Efrat, Israel – “…And he built there an altar to the Lord and he called out in the name of the Lord” (Genesis 12:8) Abraham is the first Hebrew, the founder of the Hebrew nation and the path-breaker who created the Hebrew religion. From this portion in the 12th chapter of the Book …

Parshat Noah 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32) Efrat, Israel – “I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13) The rainbow is the symbol of the very first covenant entered into by G-d. It is the sign of G-d’s covenant with the earth and with all of humanity. …

Shmini Atzeret 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) Efrat, Israel – “In the Beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth… Let us make the human being in our image and after our likeness.”  Why did G-d create the world? If G-d is the All-in-All and perfectly sufficient within Himself, why the necessity for a world? And why a world …

Sukkot 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: The Festival of Sukkot Efrat, Israel – “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt…” (Leviticus 23:42-43) Why do we sit in the sukkah for seven days? This question is most significant because …

Yom Kippur 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Yom Kippur Efrat, Israel – “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel: ‘Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it'” (Deuteronomy 31:7) In last week’s …

Parshat Haazinu / Rosh Hashana 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana / Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52)   This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” post has been dedicated by the Charif family of Sydney, Australia, in memory of Harry Sher, Hillel ben Chona, on the occasion of his 2 Tishrei yahrzeit Efrat, Israel– “On the seventh month, the first day of the month, …