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 …

Parshat Miketz 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) Efrat, Israel: “The Lord shall broaden and beautify Japheth, and he [or perhaps He] shall dwell in the tents of Shem” (Gen. 9:27) Why is there no clear religious prohibition against the study of Greek wisdom and intellectual involvement in philosophy, mathematics, the sciences, secular …

Parshat Vayishlach 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43) Efrat, Israel – Israel’s military operation “Pillar of Defense” was greatly successful in ending the rocket attacks on the residents in the South whose lives were constantly being threatened by rocket fire from Hamas, the same Hamas which is now threatening another …

Parshat Vayetze 5774 – Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Efrat, Israel – “And he confronted the place and lodged there because the sun had set…” (Genesis 28:11) Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, is forced by his brother, Esau, to leave his ancestral home for exile. The Talmud (B.T. Brachot 26b) interprets our opening verse as follows: …

Parshat Toldot — Rabbi Riskin (text)

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Efrat, Israel – “Now my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.” …