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, …

Parshat Ki Tavo 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8) Efrat, Israel – “If you don’t obey the Lord your God and all His commandments and statutes, then these curses shall come upon you.” (Deuteronomy 28: 15) I had never been to this particular shul before, this renovated hospital turned into a synagogue about two miles from …

Parshat Ki Tetze 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (Text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) Efrat, Israel – “Do not withhold the wages due to your hired hand… that very day shall you give him his payment.” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15) An interpretation which I heard for this particular verse on the third Shabbat in the month of Elul 1970 in the synagogue of Riga, Latvia, …

Parshat Shoftim 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (Text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) Efrat, Israel – “When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?” (Deuteronomy 20:19) Despite …

Parshat Re’eh 5773 – Rabbi Riskin (Text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Efrat, Israel – “You [Israel] are the children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves and do not place a bald spot between your eyes…” (Deuteronomy 14:1-2) One of the great thrills of living in the State of Israel is the extraordinary mix of Jews from around the world. …